COVID-19 Government and International Response: January 22, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 98,425,898 up from 94,003,578 at 3:30 p.m. on
January 22, 2021. Canada now reports 735,744 cases, up from 87,988 cases of COVID-19 on January 22. Ontario reports 250,226 cases, up from 231,308 cases on January 22.

The Province reports 3,375 (1.6%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 219,262 have been resolved (87.6%) and there have been 5,701 deaths (2.3%). The province has now completed 9,196,591 tests and reports 71,750 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

As the Government of Canada continues to address the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19, it is also working toward a strong economic recovery that will create new jobs and opportunities for workers and businesses alike. The Government is working to address current and future skills shortages by making targeted investments in sectors that will be key to Canada’s plan to build back better. Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that the Government is investing $72 million over three years as part of the Sectoral Initiatives Program’s existing funding. More information here.

The Government of Canada is investing $162.6 million in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) over the next five years and $40 million per year on an ongoing basis to maintain the integrity of Canada’s food safety system, protect the health of plants and animals to safeguard the food supply, and provide ongoing support to Canadian businesses in their export and import activities to overcome pandemic interruptions and global trade volatility. More information here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the CEO of Pfizer Global on Thursday and was assured that, despite an ongoing delay in vaccine deliveries, the company will follow through on millions of vaccine shipments due in March. More information here.

The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, the Honourable Anita Anand, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, confirmed that the Government of Canada will deploy two federal Mobile Health Units (MHU) to Ontario, in response to a provincial request for assistance. More information here.

On January 20, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves important gaps in research must be addressed to support Canada’s response to this global crisis. To ensure that Canadians have access to the latest tests, diagnostic tools, vaccines, and therapeutics, the Government of Canada is investing in a nation-wide clinical trials network to better coordinate these efforts. More information here.

On January 19, Canada’s coronavirus vaccine rollout logistics lead confirmed that the country will not receive any Pfizer vaccine doses during the week of Jan. 25, due to delivery delays that have hit countries around the world. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

On January 22, the Ontario government announced it has received more than 42,000 applications for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. Businesses that have been approved can expect to receive payment within about 10 business days. During the province wide shutdown all eligible small businesses facing challenges are being encouraged to apply for this financial support and receive at least $10,000 and up to $20,000. More information here.

Ontario continues to support its municipalities and other eligible public-sector partners in their work to improve the quality of life in their communities by providing affordable, long-term financing for infrastructure development and renewal, including through Infrastructure Ontario’s (IO) Loan Program. More information here.

On January 21, the Ontario government announced that COVID-19 isolation centres are opening this week in Oshawa and Brampton and two isolation centres serving the City of Toronto are expanding. These new centres and expansions are in addition to existing centres in the City of Ottawa, and the regions of Peel and Waterloo. More information here.

On January 19, Ontario reached a key milestone in the fight against COVID-19, completing the first round of vaccinations ahead of schedule in all long-term care homes in Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex, the four regions with the highest COVID-19 transmission rates. More information here.

The Ontario government is providing $35,000 to help adult learners and displaced workers develop the skills they need to work in the textile computing industry. The new online training program has been created by OCAD University (OCAD U) and Myant Inc. and is part of Ontario’s plan to support more flexible, short-term and responsive education programming to prepare people for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. More information here.

On January 18, the Ontario government announced it is providing up to $125 million to immediately add over 500 critical care and high intensity medicine beds to hospitals in areas with high rates of COVID-19 transmission. A portion of the funding will also be used to temporarily transition Mackenzie Health’s Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital into a systemwide resource supporting the province’s COVID-19 response when the new hospital is scheduled to open on February 7, 2021. These initiatives will help relieve pressures on nearby hospitals due to rapid increases in hospitalization and ICU occupancy rates. More information here.

TORONTO

On January 21, the City of Toronto announced it is introducing ConnectTO – a City-driven collaborative program that aims to leverage the use of municipal resources and assets to help bridge the increasing digital divide by expanding access to affordable, high-speed internet to underserved Toronto residents. Residents without consistent internet access cannot access information, resources, supports, educational tools and social platforms to stay connected. Businesses trying to compete in a digital-first world are set back by insufficient internet access and are unable to have staff effectively work from home. More information here.

On January 20, Mayor John Tory endorsed a new City of Toronto report that recommends an expanded CaféTO program starting this spring to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars during the ongoing pandemic. More information here.

On January 18, the City of Toronto announced a partnership with Unity Health Toronto, University Health Network and Inner City Health Associates on COVID-19 vaccination pilot clinics for people experiencing homelessness and frontline shelter workers in select shelters. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Jan 22 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 98,425,898 94,003,578 4,422,320 25,604,229 12,627 70,713,904 2,107,765
United States 25,244,465 23,961,761 1,282,704 9,711,057 76,018 15,112,206 421,202
India 10,640,464 10,542,068 98,396 187,323 7,668 10,299,923 153,218
Brazil 8,699,814 8,328,061 371,753 904,845 40,767 7,580,741 214,228
Russia 3,677,352 3,520,531 156,821 527,404 25,193 3,081,536 68,412
United Kingdom 3,583,907 3,316,019 267,888 52,638 95,981
Spain 2,603,472 2,252,164 351,308 55,671 55,441
Italy 2,441,854 2,352,423 89,431 502,053 40,420 1,855,127 84,674
Germany 2,116,447 2,013,367 103,080 284,692 25,216 1,780,200 51,555
Mexico 1,711,283 1,588,369 122,914 287,131 13,195 1,277,978 146,174
Iran 1,360,852 1,318,295 42,557 151,951 16,087 1,151,676 57,225
Peru 1,082,907 1,048,662 34,245 46,348 32,591 997,285 39,274
Canada 735,744 693,809 41,935 65,803 19,399 651,144 18,797
Chile 690,066 661,180 28,886 27,245 35,926 645,035 17,786
Saudi Arabia 365,988 364,613 1,375 2,117 10,423 357,525 6,346
China 88,804 87,988 816 1,674 62 82,495 4,635
Australia 28,755 28,665 90 1,885 1,120 25,961 909

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