COVID-19 Government and International Response: February 26, 2021


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 113,820,256 up from 111,080,368 at 3:30 p.m. on
February 26, 2021. Canada now reports 860,307 cases, up from 839,605 cases of COVID-19 on February 19. Ontario reports 298,569 cases, up from 290,771 cases on February 19.

The Province reports 1,258 (0.4%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 281,331 have been resolved (94.2%) and there have been 6,944 deaths (2.3%). The province has now completed 10,936,552 tests and reports 35,502 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

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


Today, The Government of Canada has Canada’s authorized the AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 COVID-19 vaccine, Canada has secured 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an agreement with Verity Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc./Serum Institute of India. More information here.

On February 24, The Department of Finance released draft legislative proposals that would implement technical amendments to ensure these programs better support the businesses and workers who are facing challenges as a result of the pandemic. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support have protected millions of Canadian jobs, helping workers and businesses of every size, across Canada, through the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.


On February 25, the Ontario Government announced joint funding to support three culture and recreation infrastructure improvement projects in the City of Hamilton. The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.1 million in these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $2.5 million, with the recipients contributing more than $1.8 million total toward their respective projects. More information here.

On February 25, Mayor John Tory announced joint funding for improvements to the John Tonelli Sports Centre in Milton. The Government of Canada is investing $558,655 in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $465,499, while the Town of Milton is providing $372,483. More information here.

On February 25, the Ontario government announced it is investing over $11 million to train up to 8,200 new personal support workers (PSWs) for high-demand jobs in Ontario’s health and long-term care sectors. In collaboration with Colleges Ontario, all 24 publicly assisted colleges will offer this innovative, fully funded program starting in April 2021. This is part of the government’s Long-Term Care Staffing Plan, one of the largest PSW recruitment and training drives in the province’s history. More information here.

On February The Ontario government is taking steps to make it easier and safer for people to vote, become a candidate and protect provincial elections against outside influence and interference. The Protecting Ontario Elections Act, 2021 would, if passed, help guard against threats such as the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, under-regulated third-party advertising, irregular campaign spending and collusion. More information here.

The Ontario government is investing more than $4.1 million to help train 373 new Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and provide them with additional health and safety resources. This funding will ensure Ontario has more PSWs to provide the best care for seniors and residents in long-term care homes, while connecting people with meaningful work. More information here.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers of health, the Ontario government is maintaining the shutdown, the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures for an additional two weeks in the Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions, along with the North Bay-Parry Sound District. The York Public Health Region will transition out of the shutdown and into the revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. More information here.

The Ontario government has administered over 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to Phase One priority populations, which now includes adults 80 years of age and older. At the same time, the province is working with public health units to build and expand its capacity to immunize Phase Two populations by increasing delivery networks and preparing a booking solution and customer service supports for mass vaccination clinic registrations. Ontario has administered more vaccines than any other province. More information here.


Today, Mayor John Tory kicked off the annual hiring campaign for summer parks and recreation jobs at the City of Toronto. While it’s too early to know what safe and fun activities will be offered this spring and summer, the City is preparing for a safe resumption of parks and recreation services by hiring spring and summer parks and recreation workers. More information here.

On February 24, the City of Toronto extended the cancellation of in-person City-led and City-permitted major outdoor events to July 1, including Canada Day parades, festivals and fireworks. The announcement includes festivals and other large, in-person gatherings held at outdoor sites managed by the City or other public locations, such as roads, parks and civic squares. More information here.

On February 24, The City of Toronto released the results of its Open Door 2020 call for applications, which will create 971 new affordable homes. A City report going to the Planning and Housing Committee next week outlines staff recommendations, which include 15 developments, representing a total of 971 new affordable homes, for approval by City Council. Eleven of the 15 affordable housing developments are proposed by non-profit housing providers, and of these, three are by Indigenous groups. More information here.

On February 23, Mayor John Tory announced the details of the second phase of the City of Toronto’s Modular Housing Initiative (MHI). The two sites announced today will create approximately 128 modular homes, 64 at each of the City-owned sites. The new modular homes will provide stable, affordable housing and support services to individuals experiencing homelessness. More information here.

On February 22, Mayor John Tory announced that the first registration window for the expanded CaféTO program will open Friday, February 26 at 9 a.m. The first window will remain open for a full month, until Friday, March 26, and the second window will open immediately afterward. More information here.


Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases February 19 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 113,820,256 111,080,368 2,739,888 21,870,557 14,602 89,424,975 2,524,724
United States 29,101,710 28,565,929 535,781 9,090,538 87,584 19,489,087 522,085
India 11,079,094 10,976,388 102,706 160,985 7,977 10,761,139 156,970
Brazil 10,393,886 10,030,626 363,260 818,529 48,672 9,323,696 251,661
Russia 4,223,186 4,139,031 84,155 354,496 28,931 3,783,386 85,304
United Kingdom 4,163,085 4,095,269 67,816 61,115 122,415
Spain 3,188,553 3,133,122 55,431 68,180 69,142
Italy 2,888,923 2,780,882 108,041 404,664 47,827 2,387,032 97,227
Germany 2,435,123 2,374,846 60,277 129,062 29,004 2,235,700 70,361
Mexico 2,069,370 2,022,662 46,708 265,670 15,941 1,620,008 183,692
Iran 1,615,184 1,558,159 57,025 175,363 15,941 1,379,922 59,899
Peru 1,308,722 1,261,804 46,918 52,070 39,335 1,210,749 45,903
Canada 860,307 839,605 20,702 30,321 22,664 808,082 21,904
Chile 816,929 791,939 24,990 23,578 42,497 772,951 20,400
Saudi Arabia 376,723 374,366 2,357 2,549 10,712 367,691 6,483
China 89,877 89,816 61 244 62 84,997 4,636
Australia 28,958 28,918 40 1,885 1,127 26,164 909

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