COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 9, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 134,994,471 up from 129,652,557 at 3:30 p.m. on April 9, 2021. Canada now reports 1,041,946 cases, up from 982,116 cases of COVID-19 on April 1. Ontario reports 378,339 cases, up from 349,903 cases on April 1, 2021. The Province reports 4,227 (1.1%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 341,200 have been resolved (90.2%) and there have been 7,512 deaths (2.0%). The province has now completed 13,030,542 tests and reports 42,572 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

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

In Ontario 2,904,166 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 326,598 people being fully vaccinated as of April 9, 2021. In Canada, 5,785,398 people (15.22%) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Of the 5,069,330 people (13.34%) have received only one dose and 716,068 people (1.88%) have received two doses.

FEDERAL

Today, the Federal Government support of up to $6.1 million through the Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) for 34 food processing companies in southwestern Ontario. EPF support is helping these businesses, including a large number of greenhouse growers, keep employees safe and the food supply chain running strong. More information here.

On April 7, the Federal Government announced support of up to $12.2 million through the Emergency Processing Fund for 42 meat processing companies in Ontario. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to Canada’s food system, while demonstrating the need for more diversified food processing capacity. As a result, Canadian livestock producers and meat processors have taken on unexpected and exceptional activities to manage health and safety during the pandemic. The Government of Canada is helping meat processors invest in safety measures to protect their workers and in facility improvements that strengthen Canada’s food supply. More information here.

On April 6, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced the final instalment of the over $19 billion Safe Restart Agreement, to help provinces and territories safely restart the economy, and provide continued support to Canadians. Since the Agreement was reached last summer, this federal funding has been used to support the capacity of our health care systems, secure personal protective equipment for essential workers, and protect the most vulnerable in our communities. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

On April 8, the Provincial Government launched a series of zero-tolerance workplace safety inspections in sectors and regions hardest hit by COVID-19, beginning tomorrow with warehouses, food processors and manufacturers in Peel and Halton Regions. More information here.

On April 8, the Provincial Government is providing $10 million to allow more farmers and agri-food operators to purchase personal protective equipment, enhance cleaning and disinfection and redesign workstations to better protect workers. This announcement is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. More information here.

On April 8, the Provincial Government introduced new measures to protect schools against COVID-19 which include refresher training, enhanced cleaning and asymptomatic testing. As these new measures are being introduced, the government will begin offering registration for vaccinations to education workers during the spring break. More information here.

On April 7, the Provincial Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). These measures are being taken in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the threat on the province’s hospital system capacity, and the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants. More information here.

On April 6, the Provincial Government moved into Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with a focus on reaching individuals in “hot spot” communities where COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted certain neighbourhoods. In addition, this phase will prioritize individuals with the highest-risk health conditions in April 2021. More information here.

On April 6, the province and City of Toronto announcement joint funding to improve three recreation facilities in Etobicoke. The Provincial Government is investing over $3.6 million in these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Provincial Government is providing more than $3 million while the City of Toronto is investing over $2.4 million. More information here.

TORONTO
Today, the City of Toronto is implementing emergency childcare during the current Stay-at-Home order and provincial emergency. City Council voted yesterday to approve the opening of emergency childcare for children of essential workers in Toronto. More information here.

Today, Mayor John Tory officially launched Toronto’s annual city-wide spring cleanup campaign. Despite the ongoing pandemic, work at the City continues to move forward to ensure that residents have access to City services and amenities. This includes the work of essential workers from multiple City divisions who will take on the necessary work of making public spaces safe and clean for residents when they are outside for fresh air or exercise and essential workers travelling to and from work. More information here.

On April 8, the City of Toronto announced residents age 50 and older living in COVID-19 hot spot postal codes will be able to book vaccination appointments at City-operated immunization clinics. This expanded eligibility is part of the Phase 2 Team Toronto vaccine rollout, ensuring every dose available is used to protect the most vulnerable. More information here.

On April 7, the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health are working with healthcare partners and community leaders from across Toronto to ensure that Phase 2 vaccines get into the arms that need them most. In the “Team Toronto” plan for Phase 2, working in partnership, Toronto Public Health, hospitals, Ontario Health Teams, doctors in the community and mobile and pop-up teams to bring vaccines directly to high-risk groups, including high-risk neighbourhoods and essential workers. More information here.

On April 5, the City of Toronto opened its sixth City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinic at The Hangar in North York to vaccinate eligible residents age 60 years or older who have confirmed vaccination appointments. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases April 1 at 11:00 a.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 134,994,471 129,652,557 5,341,914 23,410,255 17,319 108,662,935 2,921,281
United States 31,734,077 31,167,777 566,300 6,885,367 95,442 24,274,685 574,025
Brazil 13,286,324 12,753,258 533,066 1,208,844 62,167 11,732,193 345,287
India 13,202,783 12,221,665 981,118 1,046,376 9,496 11,987,940 168,467
Russia 4,623,984 4,554,264 69,720 273,037 31,675 4,248,700 102,247
United Kingdom 4,365,461 4,345,788 19,673 281,104 64,047 3,957,317 127,040
Italy 3,736,526 3,584,899 151,627 113,579 61,870 3,086,586 113,579
Spain 3,336,637 3,284,353 52,284 171,512 71,343 3,088,946 71,343
Germany 2,968,958 2,830,335 138,623 242,703 35,349 2,647,600 78,655
Mexico 2,267,019 2,238,887 28,132 258,840 17,442 1,802,033 258,840
Iran 2,029,412 1,897,314 132,098 272,368 23,927 1,693,005 64,039
Peru 1,617,864 1,548,807 69,057 26,801 53,978 1,537,085 48,550
Chile 1,060,421 995,538 64,883 44,637 55,109 991,676 24,108
Canada 1,041,946 982,116 59,830 66,441 23,238 952,267 27,422
Saudi Arabia 396,758 390,597 6,161 7,823 11,262 382,198 6,737
China 90,386 90,217 169 279 63 85,471 4,636
Australia 29,388 29,319 69 2,136 1,142 26,343 909

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