COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 3, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 6,519,303, up from 6,431,429 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 93,040 cases, up from 92,390 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 29,047 cases, up from 28,709 cases yesterday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 338 (1.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 22,811 have been resolved (78.5%) and there have been 2,312 deaths (8%). The province has now completed 765,501 tests and reports 11,636 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

To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, Transport Canada and the transportation industry have implemented a layered system of measures, such as increased sanitization, health checks for passengers, and allowing passengers to remain in their vehicles on ferries. However, there are still points in the transportation system where workers must be in close proximity to co-workers and travellers.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced he is expanding the requirements for the use of face coverings by workers and others involved in the transportation system, to reduce the risk of COVID-19. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

As Ontario safely and gradually begins to reopen, the provincial government is investing $150 million in reliable broadband and cellular service. This funding will help create even more economic and educational opportunities in rural, remote and underserved areas of the province. This is part of the province’s $315 million initiative called Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan. More information here.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30. The decision supports the government’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the health and safety of Ontarians as the province reopens in a measured and responsible way. The extension, under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, was approved by the Ontario legislature yesterday. More information here.

TORONTO

Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto will close sections of three major roads this weekend, in total making more than 10 kilometres of roadway available for walking, running and biking, as part of ActiveTO. This weekend, the closure on Lake Shore Boulevard West will return and the Lake Shore Boulevard East closure will be extended east to Leslie Street.

ActiveTO provides residents with more space to physically distance while getting exercise outdoors, which helps stop the spread of COVID-19.

The following three major road closures are planned this weekend from Saturday, June 6 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 7 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off-ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.

More information here.

The GTHA Mayors and Chairs met today to discuss the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 6,519,303 6,431,429 87,874 3,031,555 836 3,102,908 384,840
United States 1,892,547 1,869,190 23,357 1,134,722 5,720 649,189 108,636
Brazil 560,737 531,768 28,969 275,750 2,639 253,570 31,417
Russia 432,277 423,741 8,536 231,105 2,962 195,957 5,215
Spain 287,406 287,012 394 6,147 27,128
United Kingdom 279,856 277,985 1,871 4,124 39,728
Italy 233,836 233,515 321 39,297 3,867 160,938 33,601
India 216,769 207,135 9,634 106,610 157 104,071 6,088
Germany 184,228 184,019 209 8,246 2,199 167,300 8,682
Peru 174,884 170,039 4,845 100,860 5,310 69,257 4,767
Iran 160,696 157,562 3,134 27,478 1,915 125,206 8,012
Chile 113,628 108,686 4,942 53,201 2,324 69,455 1,275
Mexico 97,326 93,435 3,891 16,381 755 70,308 10,637
Canada 93,040 92,390 650 34,860 2,467 50,685 7,495
Saudi Arabia 91,182 89,011 2,171 22,444 2,622 68,159 579
China 83,021 83,021               73 58 78,314 4,634
Australia 7,229 7,221 8 487 284 6,640 102