COVID-19 Government and International Response: September 23, 2020


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 31,657,877, up from 31,090,773 at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Canada now reports 146,663 cases, up from 143,649 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 48,087 cases, up from 47,274 cases on Monday.

The Province reports 335 (0.7%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 41,600 have been resolved (86.5%) and there have been 2,835 deaths (5.9%). The province has now completed 3,649,980 tests and reports 48,079 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 Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, participated virtually on September 22, in the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting. During the meeting, Minister Ng and her G20 counterparts endorsed a joint statement reinforcing their commitment to support their businesses, workers, and people. The G20 ministers committed to ensuring the rules-based international trading system, with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core, is stable and predictable and that everyone—including small businesses and women entrepreneurs—can access the benefits of trade. More information here.

The Government of Canada is protecting the health and safety of all Canadians, while ensuring a safe and sustainable economic recovery. On September 22, the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Government of Canada has signed agreements with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to secure up to 72 million doses of their COVID-19 adjuvanted recombinant protein-based vaccine candidate. More information here.


The Ontario government has announced today that pharmacies will begin offering COVID-19 tests to people who aren’t experiencing symptoms of the virus as part of its fall preparedness plan. Starting Friday, people with no symptoms of the coronavirus can visit select pharmacies by appointment only for free testing. The government says more pharmacy locations will make testing available in the coming weeks. More information here.

The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With these new hires, there will be more labour inspectors on the ground than ever before in the province’s history. More information here.

In an effort to support the Automotive industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government is investing in new technology adoption with two local auto parts manufacturers in Scarborough to help improve efficiency, productivity and build capacity in the province’s world-class automotive supply chain while creating and protecting jobs. Today, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, announced that an investment of more than $175,000 from the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) will be matched 1:1 by the recipient companies for these projects:

  • Innotech Precision Inc.
  • Kobay Enstel Ltd.

More information here.

The Ontario government is releasing the 2019-20 Public Accounts and delivering on the government’s commitment to restore transparency and accountability to the province’s finances. The Public Accounts provides a retrospective look at the government’s fiscal performance over the previous fiscal year, comparing the financial results against those projected in the 2019 Budget. The financial impacts of COVID-19 began late in the fourth quarter of 2019-20, and the majority of the government’s COVID-19 investments will be recorded in the 2020-21 fiscal year. More information here.

The Ontario government is making it easier, faster and more affordable to access the justice system by investing in technology and providing more services online. This will enable the province to provide more remote proceedings and reduce the number of courthouse visits, making the justice system safer to access during the COVID-19 outbreak and recovery period. Investments in technology have moved more services online, making it easier for people to access the justice system no matter where they live. More information here.

The Ontario government is implementing the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario’s history. The campaign is part of the province’s comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19. The plan, entitled Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, sets out a series of steps to prevent, identify and respond to any outbreak scenario this fall. More information here.

As Ontario prepares to celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day this Friday, September 25, the Ontario government announced a new investment of $500,000 to support Franco-Ontarian entrepreneurs and businesses. This investment is part of the government’s priority to promote francophone economic development in the province and provide support for Franco-Ontario businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.


To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of City-led and City-permitted outdoor major events to December 31. To mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on festivals and events, the City has repurposed grant funding that was previously approved by City Council and launched the Cultural Festivals Recovery Program (CFRP), providing $565,000 to support cultural festivals that have been impacted by the pandemic. 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 31,947,582 31,405,983 541,599 -7,438,556 4,099 23,530,775 978,251
United States 7,113,658 7,019,847 93,811 -2,539,792 21,462 4,367,872 205,994
India 5,706,432 5,557,573 148,859 -968,289 4,126 4,647,459 90,684
Brazil 4,602,241 4,547,150 55,091 -518,204 21,616 3,945,627 138,410
Russia 1,122,241 1,109,595 12,646 +178,743 7,689 923,699 19,799
Peru 776,546 768,895 7,651 -115,866 23,478 629,094 31,586
Mexico 705,263 697,663 7,600 -124,183 5,457 506,732 74,348
Spain 682,267 671,468 10,799 14,591 30,904
Chile 449,903 447,468 2,435 -12,393 23,489 425,165 12,345
Iran 432,798 425,481 7,317 +42,112 5,138 365,846 24,840
United Kingdom 409,729 398,625 11,104 6,028 41,862
Saudi Arabia 331,359 330,246 1,113 -13,004 9,485 313,786 4,569
Italy 302,537 299,506 3,031 +46,114 5,005 220,665 35,758
Germany 278,245 274,997 3,248 -20,840 3,319 247,900 9,505
Canada 147,472 144,686 2,786 +10,832 3,900 127,399 9,241
China 85,307 85,291 16 -168 59 80,505 4,634
Australia 26,974 26,912 62 -1,699 1,055 24,416 859