COVID-19 Government and International Response: August 24, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 23,440,885, up from 22,704,949 at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.  Canada now reports 124,896 cases, up from 123,873 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Ontario reports 41,507 cases, up from 41,179 cases on Friday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 105 (0.3%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 37,673 have been resolved (90.8%) and there have been 2,798 deaths (6.7%). The province has now completed 2,781,748 tests and reports 9,229 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

To help support workers and provide certainty for employers, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced that the government proposes to extend the current treatment of furloughed employees under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program by 4 weeks – from August 30 to September 26.  This would mean that employers who qualify for the CEWS would be able to continue to claim up to a maximum benefit of $847 per week to support remuneration for each of their furloughed workers. More information here.

Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country, thanks to a new public policy announced today by the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. This temporary policy change takes effect immediately and will benefit employers in Canada who continue to face difficulties finding the workers they need, as well as temporary residents who would like to contribute their labour and skills to Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.

TORONTO

To rebuild the local economy, the City of Toronto has issued a new debenture to help finance capital expenditures from 10 different City divisions and agencies. This is the City’s third debenture issuance this year and marks the lowest ever 20-year cost of funding for the City with an all-in cost of 2.218 percent. More information here.

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 23,722,981 23,017,522 705,459 6,715,717 3,043 16,192,660 814,604
United States 5,892,633 5,768,900 123,733 2,539,165 17,787 3,172,689 180,779
Brazil 3,610,028 3,513,039 96,989 785,477 16,966 2,709,638 114,913
India 3,164,881 2,973,317 191,564 703,234 2,290 2,403,101 58,546
Russia 961,493 946,976 14,517 171,950 6,588 773,095 16,448
Peru 594,326 567,059 27,267 167,306 17,989 399,357 27,663
Mexico 560,164 543,806 16,358 115,812 4,338 383,872 60,480
Spain 420,809 407,879 12,930 9,000 28,872
Chile 399,568 393,769 5,799 16,188 20,876 372,464 10,916
Iran 361,150 354,764 6,386 29,009 4,292 311,365 20,776
United Kingdom 326,614 323,313 3,301 4,807 41,433
Saudi Arabia 308,654 305,186 3,468 22,075 8,846 282,888 3,691
Italy 260,298 257,065 3,233 19,195 4,306 205,662 35,441
Germany 235,623 231,426 4,197 16,689 2,811 209,600 9,334
Canada 125,001 124,099 902 4,737 3,308 111,190 9,074
China 84,967 84,917 50 408 59 79,925 4,634
Australia 24,916 24,407 509 4,796 975 19,603 517