COVID-19 Government and International Response: August 4, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 18,263,542, up from 17,296,303 at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.  Canada now reports 117,031 cases, up from 115,799 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Ontario reports 39,628 cases, up from 39,209 cases on Friday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 91 (0.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 35,601 have been resolved (89.8%) and there have been 2,782 deaths (7%). The province has now completed 2,277,887 tests and reports 9,285 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

On July 31, the Ontario Government, in partnership with the federal government, extended the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for August. More information here.

In response to a question at his daily press conference on Tuesday about the delayed delivery of pandemic pay to some eligible workers, Ontario Premier Doug Ford urged employers to begin paying pandemic pay to eligible workers immediately. The temporary pay bump will apply retroactively to April 24 and last until Aug. 13, paying eligible workers an extra $4 an hour, with the potential for additional lump sum payments. More information here.

TORONTO

The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, will bring temporary Wi-Fi access to select parks in northwest Toronto as part of a week-long pilot project called Wi-Fi on Wheels. This initiative was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure vulnerable Torontonians can connect online to important information, social supports and vital services. 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 18,580,090 17,627,270 952,820 6,091,884 2,384 11,787,637 700,569
United States 4,887,648 4,667,579 220,069 2,272,853 14,758 2,455,199 159,596
Brazil 2,759,436 2,625,612 133,824 752,039 12,973 1,912,319 95,078
India 1,906,613 1,694,705 211,908 585,133 1,380 1,281,660 39,820
Russia 861,423 839,981 21,442 185,601 5,903 661,471 14,351
Mexico 443,813 416,179 27,634 100,124 3,439 295,677 48,012
Peru 433,100 407,492 25,608 115,198 13,119 298,091 19,811
Chile 362,962 355,667 7,295 16,887 18,972 336,330 9,745
Spain 349,894 335,602 14,292 7,483 28,498
Iran 314,786 304,204 10,582 24,634 3,743 272,535 17,617
United Kingdom 306,293 303,181 3,112 4,510 46,299
Saudi Arabia 281,456 275,905 5,551 34,759 8,074 243,713 2,984
Italy 248,419 247,537 882 12,482 4,109 200,766 35,171
Germany 212,331 210,112 2,219 8,399 2,534 194,700 9,232
Canada 117,333 116,116 1,217 6,541 3,106 101,839 8,953
China 84,464 84,292 172 800 59 79,030 4,634
Australia 18,730 16,905 1,825 7,876 734 10,622 232