COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 17, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 8,347,237, up from 8,066,862 at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Canada now reports 99,774 cases, up from 99,073 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 32,744 cases, up from 32,370 cases on Monday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is now under 1%, with 190 (0.6%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 27,784 have been resolved (84.9%) and there have been 2,550 deaths (7.8%). The province has now completed 1,071,429 tests and reports 21,635 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

On June 12, the City of Toronto launched a new COVID-19 monitoring dashboard. This new dashboard will provide a progress assessment for the local COVID-19 response. More information here.

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

FEDERAL

Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks, to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks.

The Government of Canada introduced the CERB to immediately help workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, so they could continue to put food on the table and pay their bills during this challenging time. As we begin to restart the economy and get people back on the job, Canadians receiving the benefit should be actively seeking work opportunities or planning to return to work, provided they are able and it is reasonable to do so. More information here.

Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country in alignment with the guidance of national, provincial, territorial, and local health authorities. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks. Visitors should check the Parks Canada website regularly for updates and information on services available and reservation windows. More information here.

On Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau participated in a virtual meeting of the Ottawa Group on World Trade Organization (WTO) reform in the context of COVID-19. The meeting was hosted by Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, who successfully concluded the discussions with international partners. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This extension will be in effect until June 30, 2020 to ensure the government continues to have the necessary tools to safely and gradually reopen the province, while continuing to support frontline health care workers and protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19. More information here. Today also marks three months since the government declared a state of emergency.

Yesterday, the Ontario government provided employers with a new general workplace guide to help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province. More information here.

The Ontario government is encouraging consumers to mark Ontario Craft Beer Week and Ontario Wine Week by supporting local beverage alcohol producers as the province takes additional steps to help the sector recover from the impacts of COVID-19. More information here.

TORONTO

This afternoon in a unanimous vote, the TTC Board approved a policy requiring riders to wear masks or face coverings when riding the TTC. More information here.

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that data shows ActiveTO major road closures are making room for people to be physically active along Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails. Each weekend, these closures make space for residents to be outside, physically active and practise physical distancing while enhancing their overall wellbeing.

City staff collected and verified data from Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, the first weekend that all of the closures (Lake Shore Boulevard West and East, as well as Bayview Avenue) were put in place. The data confirmed that the routes are a very popular option for people walking, running and on bikes who need space along Toronto’s busiest trails. 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 8,347,237 8,066,862 280,375 3,533,895 1,071 4,364,494 448,848
United States 2,225,597 2,174,689 50,908 1,201,403 6,725 904,425 119,769
Brazil* 934,769 873,963 60,806 411,820 4,399 477,364 45,585
Russia 553,301 537,210 16,091 241,481 3,791 304,342 7,478
India 367,264 342,841 24,423 160,564 266 194,438 12,262
United Kingdom 299,251 296,857 2,394 4,409 42,153
Spain 291,763 291,189 574 6,240 27,136
Italy 237,828 237,290 538 23,925 3,933 179,455 34,448
Peru 237,156 229,736 7,420 104,895 7,197 125,205 7,056
Iran 195,051 189,876 5,175 31,054 2,323 154,812 9,185
Germany 189,027 187,967 1,060 6,509 2,256 173,600 8,918
Chile 184,449 179,436 5,013 24,602 9,652 156,232 3,615
Mexico 154,863 146,837 8,026 20,375 1,202 116,178 18,310
Saudi Arabia 141,234 132,048 9,186 48,481 4,060 91,662 1,091
Canada 99,774 99,073 701 29,724 2,644 61,796 8,254
China 83,265 83,181 84 252 58 78,379 4,634
Australia 7,370 7,335 35 382 289 6,859 102