COVID-19 Government and International Response: July 8, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 11,801,805, up from 11,418,475 at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Canada now reports 106,167 cases, up from 105,536 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 36,178 cases, up from 35,948 cases on Monday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 118 (0.3%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 31,805 have been resolved (87.9%) and there have been 2,700 deaths (7.5%). The province has now completed 1,582,361 tests and reports 17,116 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

Today, the Government of Canada presented an economic and fiscal snapshot following the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan represents nearly 14 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP), and includes more than $230 billion in measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians and provide direct support to Canadians, businesses and other employers, and up to $85 billion in tax and customs duty payment deferrals to meet liquidity needs of businesses and Canadian families. With comparatively low levels of debt, the Government of Canada says it has the room to borrow and support the Canadian economy. More information here.

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million fund, Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. This final component aims to address gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented. The second phase provides support to other organizations, some of which do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada or the Canada Media Fund. The goal is still to help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been affected by COVID-19. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Yesterday, the Ontario government introduced proposed legislation that, if passed, would give the province the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The ability to extend and amend orders under the new legislation would be limited to one year unless extended by the Ontario legislature. The Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 would, if passed, ensure important measures remain in place to address the threat of COVID-19 once the provincial declaration of emergency has ended. Specifically, the legislation would:

  • Continue emergency orders in effect under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) under the new legislation for an initial 30 days.
  • Allow the Lieutenant Governor in Council to further extend these orders for up to 30 days at a time, as required to keep Ontarians safe.
  • Allow the Lieutenant Governor in Council to amend certain emergency orders continued under the EMCPA.
  • Not allow new emergency orders to be created.
  • Allow emergency orders to be rescinded when it is safe to do so.

More information here.

TORONTO

As of yesterday, masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The temporary bylaw requires businesses to adopt a policy to ensure masks or face coverings are worn in indoor public spaces under their control. A ticket issued for an offence under the bylaw carries a set fine of $1,000. The maximum fine under the Provincial Offences Act is $5,000. The bylaw will include exemptions for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, children under the age of two, and other accommodations. 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 12,058,838 11,655,612 403,226 4,518,472 1,547 6,991,313 549,053
United States 3,123,282 3,007,237 116,045 1,616,088 9,435 1,372,830 134,364
Brazil 1,683,738 1,613,351 70,387 498,703 7,920 1,117,922 67,113
India 769,041 719,448 49,593 271,347 557 476,550 21,144
Russia 700,792 687,862 12,930 217,614 4,802 472,511 10,667
Peru 309,278 302,718 6,560 97,388 9,378 200,938 10,952
Chile 303,083 298,557 4,526 24,807 15,852 271,703 6,573
Spain 299,593 297,625 1,968 6,408 28,396
United Kingdom 286,979 285,768 1,211 4,227 44,517
Mexico 268,008 256,848 11,160 72,348 2,078 163,646 32,014
Iran 248,379 243,051 5,328 26,832 2,957 209,463 12,084
Italy 242,149 241,819 330 13,595 4,005 193,640 34,914
Saudi Arabia 220,144 213,716 6,428 60,035 6,322 158,050 2,059
Germany 198,703 197,948 755 6,894 2,371 182,700 9,109
Canada 106,366 105,764 602 27,472 2,818 70,161 8,733
China 83,572 83,557 15 390 58 78,548 4,634
Australia 8,886 8,586 300 1,293 348 7,487 106