COVID-19 Government and International Response: January 15, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 94,003,578 up from 88,929,734 at 3:30 p.m. on
January 15, 2021. Canada now reports 687,988 cases, up from 641,973 cases of COVID-19 on January 15. Ontario reports 231,308 cases, up from 208,394 cases on January 15.

The Province reports 2,998 (1.3%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 197,194 have been resolved (85.3%) and there have been 5,289 deaths (2.3%). The province has now completed 8,791,388 tests and reports 63,728 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

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said today that global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will temporarily reduce shipments of its vaccine to Canada, further complicating the slow rollout of doses. Anand said she was told last night that Pfizer will send fewer doses than expected because it is pausing some production lines at its facility in Puurs, Belgium, in order to expand long-term manufacturing capacity. More information here.

On January 13, to ensure decision-makers have access to the best COVID-19 science in a timely manner, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $1 million to support the COVID-19 Evidence Network. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown. More information here.

On January 13, Ontario health officials say they expect to begin mass delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine to select groups of people in April as part of the second distribution phase of their vaccination plan. The province released new deadlines and criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. According to officials, the government expects to move into the second phase of their vaccination plan by mid-April, allowing older adults and members of vulnerable populations outside of congregate settings to receive their shots. More information here.

On January 13, the Ontario government is preparing to immunize up to 8.5 million people before the end of Phase Two of the government’s vaccine implementation plan, which aims to receive, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines to Ontarians as soon as supply is available. More information here.

On January 12, in response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, the real and looming threat of the collapse of the province’s hospital system and alarming risks posed to long-term care homes as a result of high COVID-19 transmission rates, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a second provincial emergency. More Information here.

TORONTO

Toronto Public Health (TPH), in partnership with the Province of Ontario, is today announcing the expansion of the case and contact management component of the City’s COVID-19 response. As our local response to the spread of the virus continues, TPH’s case and contact management program is an important tool to help curb this virus spread. More information here.

On January 14, 2021, Toronto Public Health (TPH) will launch a retrospective case-control study to identify exposure settings and activities that are associated with significantly increased risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 in Toronto. This study will include a focus on residents who recently tested negative for COVID-19 – a new approach for public health units in Canada – and will focus on issues like work environments, living arrangements and other activities including social gatherings or visits to public spaces. More information here.

At 12:01 a.m. on January 14, the Province’s new stay-at-home order came into effect in Toronto and across the province. The City is supportive of strengthened measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, protect our healthcare system and save lives, and has adjusted City services and operations to comply with the new provincial regulations. More information here.

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. On January 11, 2021, Mayor John Tory, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg provided an update on the City’s measures to combat the resurgence of the virus in Toronto, the rollout of vaccines to priority groups and wider immunization planning. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Jan 9 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 94,003,578 88,929,734 5,073,844 24,831,473 12,060 67,160,246 2,011,859
United States 23,961,761 22,221,653 1,740,108 9,426,071 72,163 14,135,981 399,709
India 10,542,068 10,432,525 109,543 213,468 7,599 10,176,506 152,094
Brazil 8,328,061 7,961,673 366,388 781,175 39,030 7,339,703 207,183
Russia 3,520,531 3,355,794 164,737 546,356 24,118 2,909,680 64,495
United Kingdom 3,316,019 2,957,472 358,547 48,709 87,295
Italy 2,352,423 2,237,890 114,533 558,068 38,939 1,713,030 81,325
Spain 2,252,164 2,050,360 201,804 48,160 53,314
Germany 2,013,367 1,883,071 130,296 326,164 23,989 1,641,200 46,003
Mexico 1,588,369 1,493,569 94,800 264,832 12,250 1,185,621 137,916
Iran 1,318,295 1,274,514 43,781 154,663 15,588 1,107,011 56,621
Peru 1,048,662 1,026,690 21,972 33,896 31,569 976,202 38,564
Canada 693,809 641,973 51,836 76,138 18,296 599,973 17,698
Chile 661,180 633,381 27,799 20,608 34,428 617,372 17,369
Saudi Arabia 364,613 363,582 1,031 1,918 10,386 356,382 6,313
China 87,988 87,331 657 1,001 61 82,352 4,635
Australia 28,665 28,571 94 1,845 1,117 25,880 909

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