COVID-19 Government and International Response: August 12, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 20,330,351, up from 19,845,788 at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.  Canada now reports 120,421 cases, up from 119,451 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 40,289 cases, up from 40,161 cases on Monday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 95 (0.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 36,590 have been resolved (90.8%) and there have been 2,787 deaths (6.9%). The province has now completed 2,468,640 tests and reports 22,054 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.

FEDERAL

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced an additional $305 million to support Indigenous Peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic, through the Indigenous Community Support Fund. This fund can be used for a wide variety of measures such as supporting Elders and vulnerable community members, addressing food insecurity, educational and other supports for children, mental health assistance and emergency response services, preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and more. More information here.

Further, Minister Miller also highlighted the national organizations who received critical funding to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples living in urban centres across Canada. The Government of Canada has allocated $24.6 million in funding to the National Association of Friendship Centres, the 2 Spirits in Motion Society, and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario Government, in partnership with the federal government, is delivering on its commitment to provide up to $4 billion in urgently needed one-time assistance to Ontario’s 444 municipalities. Municipalities will be provided with up to $1.6 billion as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. This funding will help municipalities protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario while continuing to deliver critical public services, such as public transit and shelters, as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery. More information here.

Today, the Ontario Government released the 2020-21 First Quarter Finances and an update to Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. The government is now projecting a deficit of $38.5 billion in 2020-21, which incorporates the most up to date economic information and additional supports for the pandemic recovery period and the safe restart framework. When announced in March, Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 contained historic levels of prudence and flexibility. Given the continued economic and health uncertainty, the government has included additional prudence totalling almost $9.6 billion to ensure the Province is prepared for future scenarios stemming from the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19. More information here.

TORONTO

As noted above, the province will be giving up to $1.6 billion to municipalities to help them get through the financial challenges of COVID-19. Toronto will receive $400 million for TTC, in the first phase of funding, for the TTC. More information here.

This week, the City of Toronto is introducing an online reservation option for its indoor drop-in lane swim program as well as weight rooms and fitness centres. The new online reservation option enables people to conveniently book an indoor lane swim at any of the City’s 29 indoor pool locations or a gym session at select City weight rooms and fitness centres. To date, more than 300 aquatic amenities in Toronto have opened safely with public health measures in place, and Toronto continues to progress in its reopening. Fitness centres and weight rooms will reopen on August 17, but people will be able to reserve spots online beginning tomorrow, August 13. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Monday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 20,674,233 20,145,818 528,415 6,357,953 2,652 13,567,233 749,047
United States 5,329,707 5,219,339 110,368 2,381,363 16,091 2,779,927 168,417
Brazil 3,123,109 3,039,349 83,760 776,564 14,681 2,243,124 103,421
India 2,395,471 2,266,954 128,517 652,473 1,734 1,695,860 47,138
Russia 902,701 892,654 10,047 177,143 6,185 710,298 15,260
Mexico 492,522 480,278 12,244 105,793 3,815 332,800 53,929
Peru 489,680 478,024 11,656 132,423 14,829 335,756 21,501
Chile 378,168 375,044 3,124 16,544 19,763 351,419 10,205
Spain 376,864 361,442 15,422 8,060 28,581
Iran 333,699 328,844 4,855 24,467 3,967 290,244 18,988
United Kingdom 313,798 311,641 2,157 4,620 46,706
Saudi Arabia 293,037 289,947 3,090 32,499 8,403 257,269 3,269
Italy 251,713 250,825 888 13,791 4,164 202,697 35,225
Germany 219,648 217,563 2,085 10,479 2,621 197,900 9,269
Canada 120,617 119,723 894 4,598 3,193 107,015 9,004
China 84,737 84,668 69 761 59 79,342 4,634
Australia 22,127 21,407 720 9,382 867 12,393 352