LATEST UPDATE: COVID-19 Government and International Response: August 26, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 24,219,348, up from 23,722,981 at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.  Canada now reports 126,057 cases, up from 125,001 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 41,179 cases, up from 41,695 cases on Monday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 88 (0.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 37,863 have been resolved (90.8%) and there have been 2,802 deaths (6.7%). The province has now completed 2,823,721 tests and reports 20,716 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 Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, along with Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan–Woodbridge, announced an investment of $7.8 million from FedDev Ontario to help three local manufacturers grow and create jobs. This helps to create 116 skilled jobs and maintain 30 more. It will also leverage more than $28 million in additional investments in York Region, and increase regional supply chain spending. More information here.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced up to $2 billion in support for provinces and territories through the Safe Return to Class Fund. This will provide the complementary funding they need, as they work alongside local school boards to ensure the safety of students and staff members throughout the school year. For example, the Fund will help provinces and territories by supporting adapted learning spaces, improved air ventilation, increased hand sanitation and hygiene, and purchases of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario government’s back-to-school plan, developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials, is being further enhanced by additional federal investments and resources to support the return to class in the fall. Today’s federal announcement provides $381 million to Ontario, on top of the nearly $900 million provided by the province to support provincial back-to-school plans.  More information here.

Today, John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the World Trade Organization (WTO) panel’s decision “Ontario welcomes the decision made by the WTO panel that the countervailing duties the U.S. placed on Canadian lumber exports violate the U.S.’s WTO trade obligations.

This is an important step in ensuring the ongoing success of our forestry industries, which play an important part in our economy. As we move towards economic recovery, it has never been more important to vigorously defend and encourage this sector. 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 24,219,348 23,722,981 496,367 6,678,459 3,107 16,714,241 826,648
United States 5,972,843 5,892,633 123,733 2,530,634 18,029 3,259,177 183,032
Brazil 3,683,224 3,610,028 73,196 717,865 17,309 2,848,395 116,964
India 3,307,575 3,164,881 142,694 725,653 2,393 2,521,295 60,627
Russia 970,865 961,493 9,372 168,032 6,652 786,150 16,683
Peru 607,382 594,326 13,056 164,804 18,383 414,577 28,001
Mexico 568,621 560,164 8,457 114,070 4,403 393,101 61,450
Spain 426,818 420,809 6,009 9,128 28,971
Chile 402,365 399,568 2,797 15,107 21,021 376,268 10,990
Iran 365,606 361,150 4,456 29,716 4,345 314,870 21,020
United Kingdom 328,846 326,614 2,232 4,840 41,465
Saudi Arabia 310,836 308,654 2,182 22,136 8,908 284,945 3,755
Italy 262,540 260,298 2,242 20,753 4,343 206,329 35,458
Germany 238,320 235,623 2,697 19,371 2,843 209,600 9,349
Canada 126,057 125,001 1056 4,800 3,336 112,165 9,092
China 84,996 84,967 29 347 59 80,015 4,634
Australia 25,204 24,916 288 4,555 987 20,100 549