COVID-19 Government and International Response: September 8, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 27,365,952, up from 26,334,989 at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Canada now reports 132,142 cases, up from 130,493 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Ontario reports 43,536 cases, up from 42,834 cases on Friday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 185 (0.4%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 39,196 have been resolved (90.0%) and there have been 2,813 deaths (6.5%). The province has now completed 3,171,062 tests and reports 8,357 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

Today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, the Honourable Mary Ng, announced that Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses will be extended by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for September. All provinces and territories continue to participate in this initiative and collaborate with the federal government to provide rent supports to those small businesses most in need. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

As students, teachers and staff return to school, the Ontario government is providing up to $1.3 billion in critical supports and has delivered more than 37 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely reopen classrooms across the province. These investments are part of Ontario’s comprehensive back to school plan which was developed in consultation with medical experts, school boards, and educators. More information here.

Ontario won’t consider any additional loosening of public health measures for the next month due to a recent uptick in COVID-19 infections. Health Minister Christine Elliott announced at Queen’s Park this afternoon, noting that it was a decision her government made on the basis of advice from Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams. The decision will mean that the province won’t consider increasing the number of people allowed to gather indoors (50) or outdoors (100) for the time being, nor will it expand social circles any further. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Friday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 27,647,406 26,656,072 991,334 7,034,588 3,547 19,713,601 899,217
United States 6,496,457 6,359,613 136,844 2,533,974 19,605 3,768,762 193,721
India 4,363,843 4,014,744 349,099 896,366 3,156 3,393,583 73,894
Brazil 4,150,311 4,054,474 95,837 667,663 19,499 3,355,564 127,084
Russia 1,035,789 1,015,105 20,684 167,747 7,097 850,049 17,993
Peru 691,575 670,145 21,430 139,348 20,921 522,251 29,976
Mexico 637,509 616,894 20,615 123,013 4,935 446,715 67,781
Spain 534,513 498,989 35,524 11,431 29,594
Chile 425,541 418,469 7,072 16,129 22,225 397,730 11,682
Iran 391,112 382,772 8,340 31,156 4,645 337,414 22,542
United Kingdom 352,560 342,351 10,209 5,188 41,586
Saudi Arabia 322,237 319,141 3,096 19,854 9,230 298,246 4,137
Italy 280,153 274,644 5,509 33,789 4,635 210,801 35,563
Germany 254,615 249,569 5,046 18,208 3,037 227,000 9,407
Canada 132,680 130,825 1,855 6,634 3,510 116,900 9,146
China 85,144 85,102 42 175 59 80,335 4,634
Australia 26,374 26,136 238 2,880 1,032 22,724 770