COVID-19 Government and International Response: May 14, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 4,494,873, up from 4,407,158 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 73,331 cases, up from 72,196 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 21,494 cases, up from 21,236 cases yesterday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 258 (1.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 16,204 have been resolved (75.4%) and there have been 1,798 deaths (8.4%). The province has now tested 492,487 individuals and reports 17,578 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

Prime Minister Trudeau’s message to Canadians today was “Buy Canadian.” “To everyone who wants to show their support, buy Canadian. Pick up some Canadian cheese to help a local dairy farmer, have a ‘fish fry, or buy Canadian lobster.” The Prime Minister also announced up to $469.4 million in new measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters. More information here.

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced that starting June 1, 2020, the Government of Canada will gradually resume some operations at certain national parks, national historic sites, historic waterways, and national marine conservation areas. This will include access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces, and some access for recreational boating, as well as the gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural resource protection activities. Environment and Climate Change Canada will also gradually resume some operations at selected national wildlife areas, including conservation activities and day use access for visitors on June 1, 2020. More information here.

With the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend and the warmer weather ahead, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding all travelers that the travel restrictions announced in March are still in place at all of Canada’s international border crossings. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, the Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government’s reopening framework. The workplaces opening as part this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services. More information here.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.25 million to help farmers better protect employees and ensure the continued supply of healthy food products for consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments are launching the second intake of the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program to help farmers enhance health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The funding will be used for initiatives like purchasing personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and redesigning workstations. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases yesterday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 4,494,873 4,407,158 87,715 577 1,691,502 301,778
United States 1,443,946 1,423,382 20,564 4,362 312,513 86,244
Spain 272,646 271,095 1,551 5,831 186,480 27,321
Russia 252,245 242,271 9,974 1,728 53,530 2,305
United Kingdom 233,151 229,705 3,446 3,434 33,614
Italy 223,096 222,104 992 3,690 115,288 31,368
Brazil 196,375 180,737 15,638 924 78,424 13,555
Germany 174,636 173,919 717 2,084 150,300 7,900
Iran 114,533 112,725 1,808 1,364 90,539 6,854
China 82,929 82,926 3 58 78,195 4,633
India 81,990 78,055 3,935 59 27,969 2,649
Peru 76,306 76,306 2,314 24,324 2,169
Canada 73,331 72,196 1,135 1,943 35,922 5,468
Chile 37,040 34,381 2,659 1,938 15,655 368
Australia 6,989 6,980 9 274 6,301 98