COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 26, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 9,581,803, up from 9,229,049 at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Canada now reports 102,622 cases, up from 101,963 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Ontario reports 34,316 cases, up from 34,016 cases on Wednesday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 111 (0.3%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 29,754 have been resolved (86.7%) and there have been 2,644 deaths (7.7%). The province has now completed 1,294,314 tests and reports 27,344 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

To continue its efforts to address the health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and around the globe, the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, along with provincial partners, launched a second rapid research funding competition on April 23, 2020. Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, announced the results of that funding competition: an investment of more than $109M over one year in COVID-19 research. This investment will support 139 research teams from across the country that will focus on accelerating the development, testing, and implementation of measures to mitigate the rapid spread of COVID-19 and its negative consequences on people, communities, and health systems. More information here.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response and gain valuable experience at the same time. The CSSG will provide these volunteers with a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000 based on the number of hours they serve. To find not-for-profit organizations looking for help during the pandemic, post-secondary students and recent graduates can use the new I Want to Help platform, which also launched today. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario government is helping large industrial and commercial companies return to full levels of operation without the fear of electricity costs spiking by providing more stable electricity pricing for two years. Effective immediately, companies that participate in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) will not be required to reduce their electricity usage during peak hours, as their proportion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for these companies will be frozen. More information here.

TORONTO

Yesterday, the City of Toronto’s Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group was launched. The advisory group will provide objective advice to help establish how the City can best support businesses and culture organizations to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and the resulting recession.

The work of the advisory group will complement and build on consultation initiatives underway such as the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) and the Toronto Region Board of Trade, and others. 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 9,816,551 9,443,058 373,493 4,019,046 1,259 5,303,322 494,183
United States 2,530,449 2,444,632 85,817 1,348,003 7,645 1,055,328 127,118
Brazil 1,244,419 1,157,451 86,968 515,386 5,855 673,729 55,304
Russia 620,794 606,881 13,913 227,861 4,254 384,152 8,781
India 509,170 472,972 36,198 197,564 369 295,917 15,689
United Kingdom 309,360 306,862 2,498 4,557 43,414
Spain 294,985 294,166 819 6,309 28,338
Peru 268,602 260,810 7,792 103,767 8,148 156,074 8,761
Chile 263,360 254,416 8,944 34,861 13,779 223,431 5,068
Italy 239,961 238,833 1,128 17,638 3,969 187,615 34,708
Iran 217,724 212,501 5,223 29,633 2,593 177,852 10,239
Mexico 202,951 191,410 11,541 61,029 1,574 116,862 25,060
Germany 194,042 192,977 1,065 7,925 2,316 177,100 9,017
Saudi Arabia 174,577 167,267 7,310 52,632 5,016 120,471 1,474
Canada 102,733 102,179 554 28,575 2,722 65,651 8,507
China 83,462 83,430 32 389 58 78,439 4,634
Australia 7,595 7,521 74 533 298 6,958 104