COVID-19 Government and International Response: August 14, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 21,225,438, up from 20,330,351 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  Canada now reports 121,414 cases, up from 120,421 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Ontario reports 40,459 cases, up from 40,289 cases on Wednesday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 92 (0.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 36,772 have been resolved (90.9%) and there have been 2,788 deaths (6.9%). The province has now completed 2,528,403 tests and reports 35,426 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 Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced Canada’s Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19 (Canada’s Flight Plan), which is the foundation for Canada’s current and future efforts to reduce the public health risks of COVID-19 while travelling by aircraft. This action plan puts in place a multi-layered system of safety measures to support public health by protecting air travellers and air industry workers from COVID-19. More information here.

On August 13, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that a new Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will help local governments and community partners as they adapt to local economic, health and social challenges. The money could be used for everything from pop-up bike paths to art installations to apps to support local markets. More information here.

The Canada-U.S. border closure to non-essential travel is being extended once again, until September 21. The ban, which was set to expire August 21, was first imposed in March and has been rolled over several times as cases in the United States spiked. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is supporting the safe reopening of many sport, fitness and recreation facilities by applying a capacity limit on a per room basis to help more businesses reopen their doors, get more people back to work and promote the return to a healthy and active lifestyle for all Ontarians. More information here.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 21,225,438 20,674,233 551,205 6,430,486 2,723 14,034,746 760,206
United States 5,441,647 5,329,707 111,940 2,419,565 16,428 2,851,130 170,952
Brazil 3,238,216 3,123,109 115,107 775,785 15,222 2,356,640 105,791
India 2,525,144 2,395,471 129,673 670,764 1,828 1,805,246 49,134
Russia 912,823 902,701 10,122 174,361 6,255 722,964 15,498
Peru 507,996 489,680 18,316 134,342 15,382 348,006 25,648
Mexico 505,751 492,522 13,229 108,951 3,918 341,507 55,293
Chile 382,111 378,168 3,943 16,734 19,969 355,037 10,340
Spain 358,843 376,864 -18,021 7,675 28,617
Iran 338,825 333,699 5,126 25,683 4,028 293,811 19,331
United Kingdom 316,367 313,798 2,569 4,657 41,358
Saudi Arabia 295,902 293,037 2,865 29,605 8,484 262,959 3,338
Italy 252,809 251,713 1,096 14,249 4,182 203,326 35,234
Germany 222,880 219,648 3,232 12,795 2,659 200,800 9,285
Canada 121,414 120,617 797 4,602 3,214 107,793 9,019
China 84,786 84,737 49 690 59 79,462 4,634
Australia 22,743 22,127 616 9,018 891 13,350 375