COVID-19 Government and International Response: March 12, 2021


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 119,438,498 up from 116,475,526 at 3:30 p.m. on March 12, 2021. Canada now reports 901,984 cases, up from 878,391 cases of COVID-19 on March 5. Ontario reports 314,891 cases, up from 306,007 cases on March 5.

The Province reports 1,371 (0.4%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 296,252 have been resolved (94.1%) and there have been 7,127 deaths (2.3%). The province has now completed 11,649,060 tests and reports 36,744 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

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


On March 8, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that the Government of Canada is investing over $11 million through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) program to help more than 650 young women get the support and skills training they need to find good jobs. Canada’s economic recovery depends on young people being able to get good, well-paying jobs now and into the future. On International Women’s Day, we recognize that women have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, facing job losses and shouldering the burden of unpaid care work at home. More information here.


On March 12, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving three public health regions to new levels in the revised and strengthened Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, including moving Lambton Public Health into Grey-Lockdown. Decisions were made in consultation with the local medical officers of health and are based on the trends in public health indicators and local context and conditions. More information here.

On March 12, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement in response to today’s monthly employment release by Statistics Canada:  “Employment in Ontario increased by over 100,000 in February. In the last nine months Ontario has regained over 829,000 jobs overall, including 27,000 more men and women working in our manufacturing sector.  Despite these positive numbers, thousands of workers, families and businesses — individual Ontarians, not simply numbers in a statistics report — continue to feel the impact of the global pandemic. More information here.

On March 12, the Ontario government is investing $2.5 million through the Unison Benevolent Fund’s COVID-19 Relief Program and the Canadian Live Music Association. This funding will help ensure Ontario’s music industry is strong, vibrant and remains a source of pride for the province. More information here.

On March 10, the provincial government announced that as vaccine supply increases, the Ontario government is expanding the delivery channels available to administer COVID-19 vaccines to include pharmacies and primary care settings. As of Friday, March 12, over 325 pharmacies will be offering the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine to eligible Ontarians aged 60-64, by appointment only, as part of the vaccine delivery pilot program in specific regions. More information here.

The Ontario government is providing $39.5 million to help Mitacs – an organization that builds partnerships between education and industry – create up to 8,000 paid innovative research internships and upskilling opportunities for postsecondary students, postdoctoral fellows and recent graduates. This investment will help build a highly skilled workforce and prepare Ontarians for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. Investing in experiential learning opportunities for students and recent graduates is part of the government’s plan to ensure it is building a skilled workforce that will help Ontario’s economy recover from the effects of COVID-19. More information here.

On March 10, the Ontario government announced the new Tourism Economic Recovery Ministerial Task Force. It will be chaired by former MPP and Cabinet minister Tim Hudak, and give expert advice and recommendations on how to help the province’s $36-billion tourism industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.

On March 8, Ontario colleges are now accepting applications to Ontario’s new accelerated training program for personal support workers (PSWs). The Ontario government is providing $115 million to train up to 8,200 new personal support workers for high-demand jobs in the health and long-term care sectors. 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.


Today, the online registration system for Toronto residents born in 1941 and earlier to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments at a City of Toronto operated clinic is now live on These appointments are the first publicly-available vaccination opportunities at City-operated mass immunization clinics, a milestone in Toronto’s fight against COVID-19. More information here.

On March 11, as part of the City’s efforts to ensure every resident in every corner of Toronto can access a vaccine, the City has released a call for proposals for $5.5 million in funding to Toronto’s community services sector who will act as local lead agencies for vaccination efforts across 140 neighbourhoods. More information here.


Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases March 5 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 119,438,498 116,475,526 2,655,239 21,126,874 15,323 95,664,722 2,646,902
United States 29,957,985 29,553,378 451,668 7,892,206 90,141 21,521,296 544,483
India 11,333,484 11,190,651 111,557 203,672 8,157 10,971,329 158,483
Brazil 11,284,269 10,796,506 402,620 1,052,579 52,828 9,958,566 273,124
Russia 4,370,617 4,301,159 77,973 306,368 29,940 3,973,029 91,220
United Kingdom 4,248,286 4,201,358 38,273 980,769 62,353 3,424,092 125,343
Spain 3,183,704 3,149,012 39,541 253,732 68,075 2,857,714 72,258
Italy 3,175,807 3,023,129 134,206 509,317 52,580 2,564,926 101,564
Germany 2,554,411 2,490,890 55,767 135,130 30,421 2,345,600 73,681
Mexico 2,151,028 2,112,508 43,138 266,793 16,563 1,691,093 193,142
Iran 1,731,558 1,673,470 58,286 192,901 20,435 1,477,588 61,069
Peru 1,394,571 1,349,847 41,125 44,648 41,893 1,301,439 48,484
Canada 901,984 878,391 18,084 30,529 23,755 849,056 22,399
Chile 879,485 845,450 28,521 33,135 45,736 824,899 21,451
Saudi Arabia 381,708 379,092 2369 2,935 10,848 372,217 6,556
China 90,027 89,952 75 182 63 85,209 4,636
Australia 29,102 29,021 63 1,971 1,132 26,222 909

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