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

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 21,896,155, up from 21,689,832 at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.  Canada now reports 123,154 cases, up from 122,087 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 40,972 cases, up from 40,745 cases on Monday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 102 (0.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 37,215 have been resolved (90.8%) and there have been 2,792 deaths (6.8%). The province has now completed 2,656,928 tests and reports 15,490 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

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

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario Government is investing $149,200 from the Ontario Together Fund in MetricAid’s physician scheduling solution to help physicians link their availability and expertise with needed hospitals and clinics while reducing administrative burden so health care providers can focus on their patients. More information here.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government is reviewing how provincial agencies deliver services with a focus on improving the customer experience, adopting service innovation, offering more services virtually and online, and eliminating redundancies. The evaluation will build on the advancements in digital service delivery made during the pandemic. More information here.

TORONTO

Today, Mayor John Tory announced another expansion of the Digital Main Street program, as two new funding partners have joined the program and additional initiatives have been launched that will focus on helping businesses in Toronto and across Ontario embrace technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is also launching three new Digital Main Street Programs as a result of funding from the Province of Ontario and FedDev Ontario. More information here.

Today, Mayor John Tory was joined by Councillor James Pasternak, Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, Robin Oliphant, Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) Acting President and Rhonda English, Chief Marketing Officer, CAA South Central Ontario to announce the return of Free Ride Wednesdays in September. Thanks to the new Bike Share Toronto – CAA South Central Ontario partnership, Bike Share Toronto riders will ride for free every Wednesday in the month of September. 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 22,455,842 21,922,649 533,193 6,498,245 2,881 15,170,184 787,413
United States 5,672,717 5,578,506 94,211 2,466,163 17,125 3,030,902 175,652
Brazil 3,418,306 3,343,925 74,381 753,956 16,066 2,554,179 110,171
India 2,835,722 2,690,831 144,891 685,663 2,052 2,096,068 53,991
Russia 937,321 927,745 9,576 171,909 6,423 749,423 15,989
Peru 549,321 535,946 13,375 148,644 16,630 374,019 26,658
Mexico 531,239 522,162 9,077 110,158 4,115 363,307 57,774
Chile 390,037 387,502 2,535 15,174 20,380 364,285 10,578
Spain 387,985 358,843 29,142 8,298 28,797
Iran 350,279 345,450 4,829 27,626 4,163 302,528 20,125
United Kingdom 321,098 319,197 1,901 4,727 41,397
Saudi Arabia 302,686 299,914 2,772 25,089 8,677 274,091 3,506
Italy 255,278 254,235 1,043 15,360 4,223 204,506 35,412
Germany 228,214 226,351 1,863 15,009 2,723 203,900 9,305
Canada 123,321 122,186 1,135 4,673 3,264 109,602 9,046
China 84,888 84,849 39 569 59 79,685 4,634
Australia 23,993 23,559 434 8,297 929 15,246 450