COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 1, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 6,340,273, up from 5,978,968 at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Canada now reports 91,647 cases, up from 89,386 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Ontario reports 28,263 cases, up from 27,210 cases on Friday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 404 (1.5%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 22,153 have been resolved (78.4%) and there have been 2,276 deaths (8.1%). The province has now completed 732,720 tests and reports 6,427 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

The City of Toronto has shared a breakdown by postal code of all COVID-19 cases here.

A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.

FEDERAL

This morning Prime Minister Trudeau announced that funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund will be accelerated this year to help communities as quickly as possible while respecting public health guidelines.

This means that $2.2 billion in annual federal infrastructure funding for communities will be delivered in one payment in June. Early delivery of the full funding for 2020-21 will help communities quickly move forward with infrastructure projects that will improve our quality of life and help restart local economies. More information here.

Last week, the Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program opened for applications to provide rent relief to small businesses that had been forced to close or had lost a significant portion of their revenue due to COVID-19. Today, the government announced it will provide rent relief for eligible business tenants in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario government announced that it will continue to support provincial electricity consumers by providing stability and greater customer choice, while helping those struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Details of the new programs were provided by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy. More information here.

Today, the government announced that it has enacted a new regulatory amendment that will put non-unionized employees on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave during the COVID-19 outbreak any time their hours of work are temporarily reduced by their employer due to COVID-19. This will ensure businesses aren’t forced to terminate employees after their ESA temporary layoff periods have expired. More information here.

TORONTO

The City of Toronto and United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT) have partnered to develop a COVID-19 Shelter Interim Recovery Strategy. When complete, the strategy will guide City and partner agency response to homelessness over the next six- to 12-month interim recovery period. 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 6,340,273 5,978,968 361,305 2,885,936 813 2,885,936 376,215
United States 1,850,219 1,782,885 67,334 1,136,184 5,592 607,453 106,582
Brazil 519,704 443,876 75,828 283,615 2,446 206,555 29,534
Russia 414,878 387,623 27,255 234,146 2,843 175,877 4,855
Spain 286,718 285,644 1,074 62,633 6,133 196,958 27,127
United Kingdom 276,332 271,222 5,110 4,072 39,045
Italy 233,197 232,248 949 41,367 3,856 158,355 33,475
India 198,370 173,458 24,912 97,008 144 95,754 5,608
Germany 183,705 182,917 788 9,188 2,193 165,900 8,617
Peru 170,039 141,779 28,260 96,898 5,163 68,507 4,634
Iran 154,445 146,668 7,777 25,563 1,841 121,004 7,878
Chile 105,159 90,638 14,521 59,100 5,505 44,946 1,113
Canada 91,647 89,386 2,261 34,846 2,430 49,476 7,325
Mexico 90,664 *new *new *new 704 64,326 9,930
Saudi Arabia 87,142 81,766 5,376 22,311 2,506 64,306 525
China 83,017 82,995 22               76 58 78,307 4,634
Australia 7,204 7,173 31 482 283 6,619 103