COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 11, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 7,544,701, up from 7,394,905 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 97,472 cases, up from 97,060 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 31,544 cases, up from 31,341 cases yesterday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is now under 1%, with 203 (0.6%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 25,885 have been resolved (82.1%) and there have been 2,487 deaths (7.9%). The province has now completed 924,680 tests and reports 16,359            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

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced that the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA), the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), Communitech, Invest Ottawa and the Toronto Region Board of Trade will receive a combined $50 million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) investment through FedDev Ontario. The Government of Ontario is contributing an additional $7.65 million to support this project.

Recovery Activation Program (RAP):

The Toronto Region Board of Trade will provide intensive training for over 1,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises to digitize their operations. This support will be provided to businesses from across Ontario, with at least half of participating firms to be located outside of the Greater Toronto Area. With assistance from an extensive network of chambers of commerce, industry associations and program delivery partners, RAP will include training in areas such as supply chain management, IT and customer acquisition. With more than 13,500 members and strategic partnerships, the Toronto Region Board of Trade is one of the largest chambers of commerce in North America, driving economic growth and competitiveness through advocacy, resource sharing and business supports.

More information here and here.

Canada will host the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Ottawa Group on World Trade Organization Reform on June 15, 2020.

As the world faces the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, countries are working together to find ways to keep people safe while supporting businesses, workers, and their families.

The virtual meeting of the Ottawa Group will build on the progress made by Canada and like-minded countries over the past few months, ensuring trade stays open and predictable to give people stability at this uncertain time. More information here.

Today, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna announced that Ontario has received more than $816 million through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) for the 2020–21 fiscal year to fund its most pressing infrastructure needs. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation, released comprehensive safety guidance for public transit agencies as the province reopens and more people return to work. This guidance, developed in consultation with health and transit officials, provides transit agencies with the information they need to help protect employees and passengers during the COVID-19 outbreak. More information here.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government announced the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings. Family and friends will be allowed access to these settings beginning June 18, 2020. More information here.

The Ontario government has appointed Cathy Fooks as Ontario’s new Patient Ombudsman to help improve the quality of care and supports people receive in hospitals, long-term care homes and in their own homes through home and community care. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases yesterday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 7,544,701 7,394,905 149,796 3,299,718 968 3,823,427 421,556
United States 2,080,216 2,055,978 24,238 1,154,191 6,287 810,350 115,675
Brazil* 787,489 747,561 39,928 350,521 3,706 396,692 40,276
Russia 502,436 493,657 8,779 234,754 3,443 261,150 6,532
India 298,283 286,931 11,352 142,810 216 146,972 8,501
United Kingdom 291,409 290,143 1,266 4,294 41,279
Spain 289,787 289,360 427 6,198 27,136
Italy 236,142 235,763 379 30,637 3,905 171,338 34,167
Peru 208,823 203,736 5,087 104,889 6,339 98,031 5,903
Germany 186,648 186,866 revised down 6,599 2,228 171,200 8,849
Iran 180,156 177,938 2,218 28,909 2,146 142,663 8,584
Chile 154,092 148,496 5,596 25,000 8,065 126,444 2,648
Mexico 129,184 124,301 4,883 19,897 1,003 93,930 15,357
Saudi Arabia 116,021 112,288 3,733 35,145 3,336 80,019 857
Canada 97,472 97,060 412 32,332 2,584 57,144 7,996
China 83,057 83,046 11 62 58 78,361 4,634
Australia 7,285 7,276 9 422 286 6,761 102

 

*Brazil’s COVID data is unreliable. More information here.