COVID-19 Government and International Response: September 16, 2020


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 29,610,699, up from 29,048,438 at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Canada now reports 138,803 cases, up from 136,659 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 45,383 cases, up from 44,817 cases on Monday.

The Province reports 315 (0.7%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 40,245 have been resolved (88.7%) and there have been 2,822 deaths (6.2%). The province has now completed 3,398,563 tests and reports 28,346 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.


The COVID-19 pandemic has offered an opportunity to think about common priorities within communities, mobilize Canadians’ ingenuity to solve tough challenges, and reflect on the kind of future we want to build. Today, the Government of Canada, announced an investment of $24.8 million in nine small businesses across Canada that are using innovative solutions to tackle climate change, support well-paying jobs and create a more sustainable future. More information here.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today shared the details of the investments that will be made through the Safe Restart Agreement. Through the Agreement, reached earlier this summer, the Government of Canada announced over $19 billion in federal funding to help provinces and territories safely restart the economy. The Safe Restart Agreement supports measures to increase testing and contact tracing to protect Canadians from future waves of the virus. It will help support the capacity of our health care systems and will provide municipalities with funding so they can quickly deliver essential services, like public transit. More information here.

On September 14, The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) set the 2021 Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate at $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings for employees and $2.21 for employers who pay 1.4 times the employee rate, which is unchanged from the 2020 premium rate. However, as a result of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada used its authority under the Employment Insurance Act to temporarily limit the change in the premium rate to zero in order to freeze the EI premium rate for 2021 and 2022 at the 2020 level. More information here.


Ontario will lower the limits on social gatherings in a bid to stem a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. Today, Premier Doug Ford’s office confirmed the move; however, no details on timing of the new health guidelines have been released. The current limit on social gatherings is 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors. More information here.

The Ontario government launched a new voluntary interactive screening tool to assist parents, students and staff with the daily assessment of COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors that is required before attending school. The results will let parents, students, and education staff know whether they should attend school each day or guide at-risk individuals to proper resources. This tool is another layer of prevention that the province is using to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the communities where they live and work. More information here.


The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgency and the opportunity for all governments to make investments that will quickly provide innovative housing options to help manage the challenges associated with COVID-19, while creating solutions that will support people for decades to come. The City of Toronto has issued the COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Recovery Response Plan — an urgent appeal to the federal and provincial governments to create 3,000 permanent, affordable homes, within the next 24 months, for homeless, vulnerable, and marginalized residents. More information here.


Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Monday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 29,930,764 29,346,055 584,709 +7,299,817 3,840 21,688,285 942,662
United States 6,803,754 6,723,842 79,912 -2,514,499 20,530 4,088,403 200,852
India 5,112,431 4,926,734 185,697 +1,011,445 3,697 4,017,778 83,208
Brazil 4,392,351 4,335,066 57,285 -587,868 20,633 3,671,128 133,355
Russia 1,079,519 1,068,320 11,199 -170,488 7,397 890,114 18,917
Peru 738,020 729,619 8,401 -126,340 22,319 580,753 30,927
Mexico 676,487 668,381 8,106 -123,741 5,235 481,068 71,678
Spain 614,360 576,697 37,663 13,139 30,243
Chile 439,287 436,433 2,854 +15,376 22,939 411,853 12,058
Iran 410,334 404,648 5,686 -34,683 4,872 352,019 23,632
United Kingdom 378,219 371,125 7,094 5,565 41,684
Saudi Arabia 327,551 326,258 1,293 +17,178 9,379 306,004 4,369
Italy 291,442 288,761 2,681 -40,532 4,822 215,265 35,645
Germany 266,541 262,688 3,853 -17,994 3,179 239,100 9,447
Canada 139,421 136,972 2,449 -8,234 3,687 121,994 9,193
China 85,214 85,194 20 +143 59 80,437 4,634
Australia 26,779 26,692 87 +2,229 1,048 23,726 824