COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 5, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 6,774,440, up from 6,663,365 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 94,325 cases, up from 93,700 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 29,747 cases, up from 29,403 cases yesterday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 344 (1.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 23,583       have been resolved (79.3%) and there have been 2,372 deaths (8%). The province has now completed 809,053 tests and reports 12,247 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

Last night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland held their twelfth weekly call with Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers to discuss their shared response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Readout here.

Today, the Prime Minister announced the federal government will provide $14-billion to provincial and territorial governments to support their efforts to manage the COVID-19 crisis and assist them to safely reopen their economies. The Canadian Press reports: There will be money to buy personal protective equipment for front-line health workers, for child care facilities to be able to reopen safely, and for municipal governments to help keep city services like transit running. More information here.

As well, the Prime Minister announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.

This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows:

  • $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate.
  • $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

More information here.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced a six-month postponement of the 3500 MHz spectrum auction process and its associated key dates to allow the telecommunications industry to maintain its focus on providing essential services to Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The auction is now scheduled to start on June 15, 2021. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Amid report this morning that the Province was considering entering Stage 2 of its economic recovery, Premier Ford told reporters today that it would not happen immediately. The Premier said he will have more to say about this next week. More information here.

TORONTO

While the Province of Ontario announced yesterday that short-term rentals would be allowed to resume operations beginning today, the City of Toronto is reminding Torontonians that they must still comply with local bylaws. In Toronto, short-term rentals are regulated by the City’s Zoning By-laws and Licensing and Registration of Short-Term Rentals Bylaw and any resumption of operation must be in accordance with these bylaws.

Under the City’s bylaws:

  • People can host short-term rentals in their principal residence only – both homeowners and tenants can participate.
  • Short-term rentals (any rental that is for a period of less than 28 consecutive days) are permitted across the city in all housing types in residential zones and the residential component of mixed-use zones.
  • People who live in secondary suites and laneway suites can also participate, as long as the secondary suite/laneway suite is their principal residence.
  • Short-term rental companies will be required to be licensed with the City of Toronto in order to carry on business.
  • Short-term rental operators (people renting their homes on a short-term basis) will be required to register with the City of Toronto.

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 6,774,440 6,663,365 111,075 3,076,084 869 3,302,757 395,599
United States 1,936,145 1,919,554 16,591 1,109,935 5,852 715,511 110,699
Brazil 621,877 595,112 26,765 299,013 2,927 288,652 34,212
Russia 449,834 441,108 8,726 231,626 3,083 212,680 5,528
Spain 288,058 287,740 318 6,161 N/A 27,134
United Kingdom 283,311 281,661 1,650 4,175 N/A 40,261
Italy 234,531 234,013 518 36,976 3,879 163,781 33,774
India 236,001 226,713 9,288 111,900 171 113,231 6,649
Germany 185,376 182,923 2,453 8,115 2,213 168,500 8,761
Peru 183,198 183,198 Not updated 101,939 5,562 76,228 5,031
Iran 167,156 164,270 2,886 29,281 1,992 129,741 8,134
Chile 122,499 118,292 4,207 25,420 6,412 95,631 1,448
Mexico 105,680 101,238 4,442 17,687 820 75,448 12,545
Saudi Arabia 95,748 93,157 2,591 24,490 2,754 70,616 642
Canada 94,325 93,700 625 34,078 2,501 52,545 7,702
China 83,027 83,022 5 66 58 78,327 4,634
Australia 7,251 7,240 11 466 285 6,683 102