COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 4, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 6,663,365, up from 6,519,303 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 93,700 cases, up from 93,040 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 29,403 cases, up from 29,047 cases yesterday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 356 (1.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 23,208 have been resolved (78.9%) and there have been 2,357 deaths (8%). The province has now completed 786,323 tests and reports 12,760 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

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted a virtual summit for world leaders and philanthropists including Bill and Melinda Gates. The gathering focused on ensuring poor countries have ready access to a COVID-19 vaccine when one is developed. Prime Minister Trudeau urged that a vaccine must be shared by the world to eliminate the disease. More information here.

Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will receive their special one-time, tax-free payment during the week of July 6. Through this measure and others, the government is providing nearly $900 more for single seniors and more than $1,500 for senior couples, on top of their existing benefits, to help these vulnerable Canadians with extra costs during the pandemic.

Seniors eligible for the OAS pension will receive a payment of $300, and those also eligible for the GIS will receive an additional $200, for a total of $500. Allowance recipients will also receive $500. This $2.5 billion in financial support will help Canadian seniors cover increased costs caused by COVID-19, and give them greater financial security in this time of crisis. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario government has appointed Dr. Jane Philpott as the special advisor to support the design and implementation of the new Ontario Health Data Platform (formerly known as PANTHR). This data platform will provide recognized researchers and health system partners with access to anonymized health data that will allow them to better detect, plan, and respond to COVID-19. As well, this platform will support projects from the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. More information here.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care is appointing William Osler Health System as interim manager at Woodbridge Vista Care Community long-term care home in Vaughan, Ontario.

The government says, despite receiving hospital support, Woodbridge Vista Care Community has been unable to contain the spread of COVID-19 and believes these steps will enable a rigorous management structure to help contain the spread of the disease and assist in returning their home to normal operations. More information here.

TORONTO

Today, Mayor John Tory launched CaféTO a quick-start program that will make it easier for restaurant and bar owners to open patios, to expand them, and to access additional space for physical distancing and for that matter revenue generation during the summer months ahead.

The program will provide more outdoor dining areas by identifying space in the public right-of-way and expediting the current application and permitting process for sidewalk cafés and parklets. More information here.

This follows yesterday’s announcement by Mayor Tory that City of Toronto street food vendors, food trucks and ice cream trucks can resume operations just in time for this year’s summer vending season. For everyone’s safety, all operators must adhere to physical distancing requirements for the public and provide proper health and safety measures for their staff.

Residents visiting street food vendors, food or ice cream trucks should maintain a distance of two metres or six feet from others while waiting in line. Food is for take away and can be enjoyed at home or in the park.

There are currently 177 non-motorized food carts and 325 motorized refreshment vehicles, including 75 hot dog carts licensed by the City. 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 6,663,365 6,519,303 144,062 3,053,522 5,802 3,218,811 391,032
United States 1,919,554 1,892,547 27,007 1,110,253 2,801 699,281 110,020
Brazil 595,112 560,737 34,375 295,942 2,801 266,132 33,038
Russia 441,108 432,277 8,831 231,101 3,023 204,623 5,384
Spain 287,740 287,406 334 6,154 27,133
United Kingdom 281,661 279,856 1,805 4,151 39,904
Italy 234,013 233,836 177 38,429 3,870 161,895 33,689
India 226,713 216,769 9,944 111,900 164 108,450 6,363
Peru 183,198 174,884 8,314 101,939 5,562 76,228 5,031
Germany 182,923 184,228 1,305 8,387 2,208 167,800 8,736
Iran 164,270 160,696 3,574 28,714 1,958 127,485 8,071
Chile 118,292 113,628 4,664 26,188 6,192 90,748 1,356
Mexico 101,238 97,326 3,912 16,238 786 73,271 11,729
Canada 93,700 93,040 660 34,379 2,484 51,685 7,636
Saudi Arabia 93,157 91,182 1,975 23,581 786 68,965 611
China 83,022 83,021 1               69 58 78,319 4,634
Australia 7,240 7,229 11 490 284 6,648 102