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


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 126,438,474 up from 122,666,869 at 3:30 p.m. on March 26, 2021. Canada now reports 954,687 cases, up from 870,978 cases of COVID-19 on March 26. Ontario reports 338,239 cases, up from 325,254 cases on March 19, 2021.

The Province reports 2,169 (0.6%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 314,384 have been resolved (92.9%) and there have been 7,292 deaths (2.2%). The province has now completed 12,311,868 tests and reports 37,364 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 Federal Government announced an investment of $14.3 million from the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), to support new research on the COVID-19 virus variants. This includes $5.3 million in supplementary funding for 90 ongoing COVID-19 projects and $9 million for a new national network that will coordinate and align variants research throughout the country. More information here.

On March 25, the Federal Government, introduced Bill C-25 to provide an additional $7.2 billion in support for urgent health care needs across the country, the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, and for local infrastructure projects in our cities and communities. More information here.

On March 25, the Federal Government proposed a one-time investment of $2.2 billion that would help address infrastructure priorities in municipalities and First Nations communities. The funds would flow through the federal Gas Tax Fund, a long-term, indexed source of funding for over 3,600 communities across the country. In recent years, it has supported thousands of infrastructure projects annually. More information here.

On March 24, Health Canada updated the product monograph—or label—for the AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccines to provide information on very rare reports of blood clots associated with low levels of blood platelets (i.e., thrombocytopenia) following immunization with the AstraZeneca vaccine. More information here.

On March 23, the Federal Government announced $23.7 million for the Province of Ontario to operate a number of safe, voluntary isolation sites in various communities identified under Ontario’s High Priority Community Strategy. These sites will help residents in the province who have COVID-19, or have been exposed to it, access safe isolation accommodations to keep themselves and their community safe. More information here.


On March 22, the Federal Government announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021. This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000. More information here.


Today, the Provincial Government will adjust public health measures primarily for certain activities held in regions currently in the Grey-Lockdown level of the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. More information here.


Today, the Provincial Government is moving two public health regions to new levels in the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, including moving the City of Hamilton public health region to the Grey-Lockdown level. More information here.

On March 25, the Provincial Government provided additional support to eligible small businesses to help with the ongoing costs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Confirmed eligible recipients of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will automatically receive a second payment equal to the amount of their first payment, for minimum total support of $20,000 up to a maximum of $40,000. More information here.

On March 24, the Provincial Government announced Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. The 2021 Budget is the next phase of Ontario’s response to COVID-19 and is the second budget the Government has delivered during the pandemic. More information here.

On March 23, the Provincial Government invested $3.7 million as part of the 2021 Budget to help seniors and people with disabilities get their COVID-19 vaccinations, where transportation is a barrier. The Province is launching this initiative to remove that barrier and ensure that anyone who wants a vaccine is able to get a vaccine. More information here.

On March 22, the Provincial Government is announced funding of over $1.2 billion to help Ontario’s public hospitals recover from financial pressures created and worsened by COVID-19. This investment will ensure hospitals can continue to provide the high-quality patient care Ontarians need and deserve. More information here.

On March 19, the Provincial Government moved eight public health regions to new levels in the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. 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.


Today, the City of Toronto is working with all our healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. More information here.

Today, the City of Toronto will expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to individuals born in 1951 and earlier as of tomorrow, March 27. More information here.

On March 25, the City of Toronto launched new video content for the Awakenings program at Toronto History Museums in time for International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to address inequities that continue to exist. The new video, entitled Real Talk, is part of the Behind the Curtain series of Awakenings that reflects on historic and present-day effects of systemic racism on physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.

On March 24, the City of Toronto announced the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan, a multi-faceted plan to help ensure vulnerable residents and seniors can access COVID-19 vaccinations by removing barriers to transportation and making it easier to travel to clinics. This program is intended for those who have limited transportation options or who cannot afford transportation to vaccination appointments. Starting March 29, the City is piloting transportation options for seniors aged 75 years old and over by extending service hours for assisted ride services provided by community organizations. More information here.

On March 24, the City of Toronto and East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP), the Ontario Health Team serving East Toronto, opened a mass immunization clinic at the Thorncliffe Park Community Hub located in the East York Town Centre. The new Thorncliffe Park Community Hub clinic expects to administer approximately 1,200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on its first day of operations on Wednesday. More information here.


Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases March 19 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 126,438,474 122,666,869 3,771,605 21,674,289 16,221 101,992,178 2,772,007
United States 30,801,808 30,371,904 429,904 7,031,561 92,659 23,210,011 560,236
Brazil 12,324,765 11,787,600 537,165 1,248,490 57,683 10,772,549 303,726
India 11,908,356 11,554,895 353,461 454,243 8,568 11,292,838 161,275
Russia 4,501,859 4,437,938 63,921 284,681 30,839 4,120,161 97,017
United Kingdom 4,325,315 4,285,684 39,631 430,366 63,471 3,768,434 126,515
Italy 3,488,619 3,332,418 156,201 566,711 57,762 2,814,652 107,256
Spain 3,247,738 3,212,332 35,406 165,695 69,444 3,007,623 74,420
Germany 2,743,432 2,637,633 105,799 199,621 32,668 2,467,600 76,211
Mexico 2,214,542 2,182,188 32,354 262,206 17,045 1,752,125 200,211
Iran 1,838,803 1,786,265 52,538 199,172 21,690 1,577,408 62,223
Peru 1,500,465 1,443,521 56,944 35,528 45,051 1,414,106 50,831
Chile 962,321 922,848 39,473 41,759 50,027 892,280 22,587
Canada 954,687 870,978 83,709 39,598 892,280 22,809
Saudi Arabia 387,292 383,880 3,412 4,452 11,000 376,203 6,637
China 90,147 90,083 64 163 63 85,348 4,636
Australia 29,238 29,181 57 2,066 1,137 26,263 909

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