COVID-19 Government and International Response: May 26, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 5,643,983, up from 5,560,868 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 86,614 cases, up from 85,104 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 26,191 cases, up from 25,904 cases yesterday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 287 (1.1%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 19,958 have been resolved (76.2%) and there have been 2,123 deaths (8.1%). The province has now completed 629,414 tests and reports 6,961 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

The Department of National Defence announced the first of a series of calls for innovations aimed at addressing some of the key challenges Canada is facing. These challenges were determined by multi-departmental panels led by the National Research Council of Canada as part of the COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program.

With an initial commitment of $15M, the first three challenges focus on:

  • Viable and effective processes and methods for safely and rapidly decontaminating enclosed work environments (e.g., buildings and modes of transportation) containing sensitive equipment;
  • Innovative material and designs to aid in decontamination of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), operational clothing and equipment for personnel responding to events involving biological hazards; and
  • Data gathering solutions to support the early detection and community-based monitoring of outbreaks of contagious diseases.

More information here.

Yesterday the Prime Minister said the federal government was in talks with the provinces to bring in 10-days of paid sick leave. In prepared remarks the Prime Minister said: the government will continue discussions with the provinces, without delay, on ensuring that as we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic, every worker in Canada who needs it has access to ten days of paid sick leave a year. And we’ll also consider other mechanisms for the longer term to support workers with sick leave. More information here.

The Canadian government signed an agreement with GM to produce 10 million face masks. The government has also signed an agreement with an Ontario company to produce 10,000 ventilators. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario government outlined key findings from the Canadian Armed Forces report on the five long-term care homes at which the military has been assisting. The report details serious concerns around infection prevention, safety, staffing and level of care. The report also indicates that these five homes are beginning to stabilize with the support of the armed forces.

This afternoon the Ontario government called on the federal government and the Canadian Armed Forces to extend their current mission for at least an additional 30 days. 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 5,643,983 5,560,868 83,115 2,885,517 724 2,408,444 350,022
United States 1,715,297 1,698,722 16,575 1,146,046 5,185 469,064 100,187
Brazil 377,780 367,906 9,874 200,325 1,779 153,833 23,622
Russia 362,342 353,427 8,915 227,406 2,483 131,129 3,807
Spain 283,339 282,480 859 59,264 6,060 196,958 27,117
United Kingdom 265,227 261,184 4,043 3,909 37,048
Italy 230,555 230,158 397 52,942 3,813 144,658 32,955
Germany 181,203 180,688 515 10,733 2,163 162,000 8,470
India 150,762 144,941 5,821 82,141 109 64,272 4,349
Iran 139,511 137,724 1,787 22,566 1,663 109,437 7,508
Peru 123,979 119,959 4,020 69,401 3,766 50,949 3,629
Canada 86,614 85,104 1,510 34,732 2,297 45,245 6,637
China 82,992 82,985 7 81 58 78,277 4,634
Saudi Arabia 76,726 74,795 1,931 27,865 2,207 48,450 411
Chile 77,961 73,997 3,964 46,240 4,082 30,915 806
Australia 7,133 7,118 15 485 280 6,553 102