COVID-19 Government and International Response: July 15, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 13,299,163, up from 12,888,021 at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Canada now reports 108,486 cases, up from 107,590 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 37,052 cases, up from 36,839 cases on Monday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 102 (0.3%) new cases reported since yesterday – the lowest number of new cases since March 25. Of the province’s total cases, 32,920 have been resolved (88.8%) and there have been 2,732 deaths (7.4%). The province has now completed 1,752,828 tests and reports 22,029 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

Following a conversation between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump on Monday, the Government of Canada announced another 30-day extension of the Canada-U.S. border closure taking it into August. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, the Ontario government announced a redesigned funding model that will lead to the building of additional, modern long-term care homes. This new approach aims to break down historic barriers and accelerate the construction of urgently needed long-term care projects, and new and redeveloped beds. Over the next five years, the government is investing $1.75 billion in long-term care homes. It is also updating design standards to include air conditioning for any new and renovated homes, beginning immediately. More information here.

TORONTO

Yesterday, the City of Toronto released an update on the financial impacts of COVID-19. The report notes that the City anticipates a financial impact of $1.9 billion by the end of 2020, prior to any offsets through mitigation strategies, including spending and workforce restraints. With these mitigation strategies in place, the City projects a reduced total year-end shortfall of $1.35 billion. Mitigation strategies include $513.7 million in anticipated cost savings from a combination of workforce restraints, spending constraints and cost avoidance, including emergency layoffs, decreased TTC operating costs and matching service capacity to demand. More information here.

Jan De Silva was interviewed by CityNews about what this could mean for restarting the city’s economy. More information here.

On July 13, the City launched DriveInTO which will allow for temporary drive-in entertainment experiences across Toronto this summer. From films to concerts to sports broadcasts, drive-in entertainment will offer an opportunity for Torontonians to re-engage with their city. The City has partnered with local film festivals to provide free programming to the public at Ontario Place and CityView Drive-In at 20 Polson Pier this summer. 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 13,576,208 13,135,134 441,074 5,063,713 1,742 7,928,816 583,679
United States 3,580,289 3,441,503 138,786 1,827,568 10,814 1,613,125 139,596
Brazil 1,939,167 1,867,841 71,326 651,210 9,121 1,213,512 74,445
India 968,117 906,617 61,500 330,420 701 612,782 24,915
Russia 746,369 733,699 12,670 211,350 5,114 523,249 11,770
Peru 333,867 326,326 7,541 98,377 10,121 223,261 12,229
Chile 321,205 317,657 3,548 21,934 16,797 292,085 7,186
Mexico 311,486 299,750 11,736 81,183 2,415 193,976 36,327
Spain 304,574 300,988 3,586 6,514 28,413
United Kingdom 291,911 290,133 1,778 4,299 45,053
Iran 264,561 259,652 4,909 23,590 3,148 227,561 13,410
Italy 243,506 243,230 276 12,493 4,028 196,016 34,997
Saudi Arabia 240,474 235,111 5,363 55,101 6,904 183,048 2,325
Germany 200,895 200,323 572 5,749 2,397 186,000 9,146
Canada 108,719 107,807 912 27,532 2,880 72,377 8,810
China 83,611 83,602 9 284 58 78,693 4,634
Australia 10,487 9,980 507 2,448 411 7,928 111