COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 24, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 9,229,049, up from 9,124,002 at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Canada now reports 101,963 cases, up from 101,568 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 34,016 cases, up from 33,637 cases on Monday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 163 (0.5%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 29,336 have been resolved (86.2%) and there have been 2,631 deaths (7.7%). The province has now completed 1,236,023 tests and reports 21,398 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

Yesterday, Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi announced changes to extend time periods for temporary layoffs to allow employers more time to recall laid-off employees. The temporary changes are intended to help protect the jobs of federally regulated private-sector employees and support employers facing economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. More information here.

Fewer companies than envisioned have used the government’s wage subsidy program. As of Monday, the government had approved $15.77 billion in payroll help to 236,360 companies. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government was getting close to final decisions on changes to the program’s eligibility rules to improve take-up after consulting with business and labour groups. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has extended the provincial Declaration of Emergency under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 15, 2020. This extension, approved by the Ontario Legislature earlier today, provides Ontario with the additional time, flexibility, and the necessary tools to safely and gradually allow more places to reopen, while continuing to support frontline health care providers in the fight against COVID-19. More information here.

TORONTO

Mayor John Tory announced today that two major downtown ActiveTO cycling network connections, on parts of University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent and Bloor Street, will be installed before the weekend, shortly after Toronto enters Stage 2 of the Province of Ontario’s reopening plan. More information here.

Today, Mayor John Tory helped to launch Collision from Home to help restart and rebuild Toronto’s economy. Collision From Home is bringing 30,000 people who are reshaping the world together from June 23 to 25.

To create an inclusive and accessible conference, the City worked alongside Collision on various programs to provide free tickets to students, community groups and tech sector employees impacted by COVID-19. Through the INSPIRE program, Humber College, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and York University students will have access to free tickets.

The City worked with Collision to distribute free tickets to people in the technology community who have been displaced due to COVID-19. Free tickets were also made available to web developers volunteering with the City’s ShopHERE powered by Google program. 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 9,443,058 9,124,002 319,056 3,855,376 1,211 5,105,575 482,107
United States 2,444,632 2,372,024 72,608 1,295,432 7,386 1,025,290 123,910
Brazil 1,157,451 1,090,349 67,102 491,155 5,446 613,345 52,951
Russia 606,881 592,280 14,601 229,546 4,059 368,822 8,513
India 472,972 440,183 32,789 186,377 343 271,688 14,907
United Kingdom 306,862 305,289 1,573 4,521 43,081
Spain 294,166 293,584 582 6,292 28,327
Peru 260,810 254,936 5,874 103,969 7,913 148,437 8,404
Chile 254,416 246,963 7,453 34,592 13,311 215,093 4,731
Italy 238,833 238,720 113 19,573 3,950 184,585 34,675
Iran 212,501 207,525 4,976 30,409 2,531 172,096 9,996
Germany 192,977 191,912 1,065 7,687 2,303 176,300 8,990
Mexico 191,410 180,545 10,865 23,585 1,485 144,448 23,377
Saudi Arabia 167,267 161,005 6,262 53,083 4,806 112,797 1,387
Canada 102,179 101,568 611 28,763 2,708 64,933 8,483
China 83,430 83,396 34 368 58 78,428 4,634
Australia 7,521 7,474 47 503 295 6,915 103