COVID-19 Government and International Response: August 17, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 21,689,832, up from 20,900,777 at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.  Canada now reports 122,087 cases, up from 121,234 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Ontario reports 40,745   cases, up from 40,459 cases on Friday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 99 (0.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 37,036 have been resolved (90.9%) and there have been 2,789 deaths (6.8%). The province has now completed 2,608,219 tests and reports 15,076 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

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released the e-course Pandemic Planning: Reopening for Business, to help organizations across Canada safely return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course will guide employers, supervisors, managers and workers on how to prepare for a safe return to work, and what controls are needed to be put in place to protect everyone and minimize the impact of the pandemic. More information here. Last week Toronto Region Board of Trade released its Digital Toolkit: Returning to Physical Workspaces. More information here.

To ensure that Canadian workers and businesses are in a better position as the economy safely re-opens, the Government of Canada has recently implemented changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) that broaden the reach of the program and provide more targeted support. Today, the Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, announced that the Canada Revenue Agency has opened applications for Period 5 – the first period of the enhanced CEWS program. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott announced at the 2020 Association of Municipalities Ontario conference, that Ontario’s public health units will be getting an additional $47 million in one-time provincial funding for the 2020 and 2021 funding years to help cover the extraordinary costs of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Friday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 21,922,649 21,225,438 697,211 6,503,695 2,812 14,644,028 774,926
United States 5,578,506 5,441,647 136,859 2,478,999 16,841 2,926,266 173,241
Brazil 3,343,925 3,238,216 105,709 803,415 15,717 2,432,456 108,054
India 2,690,831 2,525,144 165,687 673,238 1,947 1,965,798 51,795
Russia 927,745 912,823 14,922 175,904 6,357 736,101 15,498
Peru 535,946 507,996 27,950 144,298 16,227 365,367 26,281
Mexico 522,162 505,751 16,411 110,304 4,045 355,101 56,757
Chile 387,502 382,111 5,391 16,604 20,249 360,385 10,513
Spain* 358,843 358,843 7,675 28,617
Iran 345,450 338,825 6,625 26,489 4,106 299,157 19,804
United Kingdom 319,197 313,798 5,399 4,699 41,369
Saudi Arabia 299,914 295,902 4,012 28,093 8,598 268,385 3,436
Italy 254,235 252,809 1,426 14,867 4,206 203,968 35,400
Germany 226,351 222,880 3,471 14,158 2,700 202,900 9,293
Canada 122,186 121,414 772 4,593 3,234 108,567 9,026
China 84,849 84,786 63 612 59 79,603 4,634
Australia 23,559 22,743 816 8,599 923 14,539 421