COVID-19 Government and International Response: May 21, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 5,164,133, up from 5,045,467 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 81,279 cases, up from 80,081 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 24,187 cases, up from 23,774 cases yesterday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 413 (1.7%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 18,509 have been resolved (76.5%) and there have been 1,993 deaths (8.2%). The province has now tested 577,682    individuals and reports 5,051 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

This morning, Prime Minister Trudeau announced $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve.

This additional funding will support more community-based projects that address the critical needs of Indigenous populations during this crisis, including food security, mental health support services, and sanitation and protective equipment. It could also help with other needs, such as support for Elders, transportation, and educational materials for Indigenous children and youth. Funding for projects will start rolling out in the coming weeks. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Premier Ford announced this morning that the Ontario government is quickly moving forward with innovative research to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19. These projects, part of the government’s $20 million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund, focus on areas of research such as vaccine development, diagnostics, drug trials and development, and social sciences. Additionally, Ontario is leading the country with 22 clinical trials investigating COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

The Ontario government is funding 15 high-quality and promising proposals that were submitted in response to a recent call for proposals for the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. Announced only four weeks ago, the $20 million fund was created as an immediate response to engaging the research community on ways to fight COVID-19. Where relevant, a portion of these funds will be used to cover costs associated with licensing and commercialization, including patenting, of the valuable intellectual property generated by successful projects to ensure any economic outcomes from these proposals benefit Ontario’s economy, workers and researchers. More information here.

TORONTO

Mayor John Tory announced the City of Toronto will open more than 850 park amenities this week, following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The City of Toronto closed all parks amenities in March, based on public health advice and ahead of the provincial order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

The City opened more than 70 off-leash dog parks across Toronto on Tuesday.

Five BMX locations, 14 skateboard parks and four disc golf locations are opened yesterday. Many parks’ parking lots will also reopen this week at parks across the city.

Park amenities scheduled to open in time for this upcoming weekend include:

  • picnic shelters
  • more than 300 soccer and multi-use outdoor fields
  • more than 300 baseball diamonds and
  • 150 basketball courts.

Staff are also preparing more than 600 tennis courts at 185 locations, to begin to open this weekend. The reopening of parks amenities will continue into next week, as staff work with Toronto Public Health to open lawn bowling facilities and outdoor bocce. 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 5,164,133 5,044,814 119,319 2,771,692 663 2,059,735 332,706
United States 1,612,466 1,579,387 33,079 1,142,365 4,875 374,177 95,924
Russia 317,554 308,705 8,849 221,774 2,176 92,681 3,099
Brazil 296,113 275,382 20,731 160,274 1,394 116,683 19,156
Spain 280,117 279,524 593 55,219 5,991 196,958 27,940
United Kingdom 250,908 248,818 2,090 3,698 36,042
Italy 228,006 227,364 642 60,960 3,770 134,560 32,486
Germany 178,918 178,344 574 12,636 2,136 158,000 8,282
Iran 129,341 126,949 2,392 21,528 1,542 100,564 7,249
India 118,226 112,015 6,211 66,089 86 48,553 3,584
Peru 108,769 99,483 9,286 62,034 3,304 43,587 3,148
China 82,967 82,965 2 84 58 78,249 4,634
Canada 81,279 80,081 1,198 33,551 2,156 41,623 6,145
Saudi Arabia 65,077 62,545 2,532 28,686 1,873 36,040 351
Chile 57,581 53,617 3,964 33,000 3,015 23,992 589
Australia 7,081 7,079 2 509 278 6,472 100