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

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 8,693,872, up from 8,347,237 at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Canada now reports 100,565 cases, up from 99,774 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Ontario reports 33,095 cases, up from 32,744 cases on Wednesday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is now under 1%, with 178 (0.5%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 28,250 have been resolved (85.4%) and there have been 2,564 deaths (7.7%). The province has now completed 1,123,932 tests and reports 21,479 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 the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada, with beta testing to begin in Ontario.

The app, originally developed by the Government of Ontario, will help Canadians and public health officials identify and isolate the spread of the virus more quickly, which is an important step toward containing the virus and safely restarting the economy. More information here.

Today, Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan announced $15.8 million to create green jobs and training opportunities for Canadian youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the energy, forestry, mining, earth sciences and clean technology sectors. The funding is part of the $9-billion Government of Canada COVID-19 response for students announced by the Prime Minister on April 22, 2020.

Organizations will provide 500 green job internships, ranging from six to 12 months in length, for youth to gain valuable on-the-job experience and explore careers in the natural resources sectors. Green jobs are now available through four delivery organizations:

  • BioTalent Canada
  • Colleges and Institutes Canada
  • ECO Canada
  • Electricity Human Resources Canada

The jobs are supported by Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program, part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS). They will enhance the employability skills of workers aged 15 to 30 in STEM, increase the number of skilled young Canadians in the workforce and advance Canada’s climate change goals. More information here.

Last night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland held their fourteenth weekly call with Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers to discuss their shared response to the COVID-19 pandemic. First Ministers also discussed the need to take measures to fight racism and discrimination in order to build a stronger country. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

On Wednesday, the Ontario government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants and protecting them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19. The legislation applies to businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance for evictions from May 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020. More information here.

TORONTO

Today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) announced that each day this week it had exceeded the provincial target of reaching 90% of cases within 24 hours. To-date, there have been nearly 14,000 cases of COVID-19 investigated by TPH. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 8,693,872 8,347,237 346,635 3,654,312 1,115 4,580,270 459,290
United States 2,281,558 2,225,597 55,961 1,227,846 6,894 932,602 121,110
Brazil 1,009,699 934,769 74,930 440,912 4,751 520,360 48,427
Russia 569,063 553,301 15,762 236,816 3,899 324,406 7,841
India 395,812 367,264 28,548 168,636 287 214,206 12,970
United Kingdom 301,815 299,251 2,564 4,447 42,461
Spain 292,655 291,763 892 6,259 27,136
Peru 244,388 237,156 7,232 105,737 7,416 131,190 7,461
Italy 238,011 237,828 183 22,353 3,936 181,097 34,561
Chile* 231,393 184,449 46,944 40,859 12,108 186,441 4,093
Iran 200,262 195,051 5,211 31,678 2,385 159,192 9,392
Germany 190,450 189,027 1,423 7,098 2,273 174,400 8,952
Mexico 165,455 154,863 10,592 22,613 1,284 123,095 19,747
Saudi Arabia 150,292 141,234 9,058 53,344 4,320 95,764 1,184
Canada 100,565 99,774 791 29,258 2,665 62,961 8,346
China 83,325 83,265 60 293 58 78,398 4,634
Australia 7,409 7,370 39 429 291 6,878 102