COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 16, 2021


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 140,258,547 up from 134,994,471 at 3:30 p.m. on April 16, 2021. Canada now reports 1,041,946 cases, up from 1,041,946 cases of COVID-19 on April 9. Ontario reports 408,383 cases, up from 378,339 cases on April 16, 2021. The Province reports 4,812 (1.2%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 360,742 have been resolved (88.30) and there have been 7,664 deaths (1.9%). The province has now completed 13,422,529 tests and reports 64,304 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 3,644,038 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 341,933 people being fully vaccinated as of April 16, 2021. In Canada, 7,290,869 people (19.18%) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Of the 6,481,251 people (17.05%) have received only one dose and 809,618 people (2.13%) have received two doses.


On April 14, the Federal Government is investing an additional $150 million to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by funding projects to assess, monitor, and improve indoor air quality and ventilation, including upgrades or conversions of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, as well as community-based solutions in First Nations. More information here.

On April 14, Health Canada updated Canadians and healthcare professionals about its ongoing safety review of very rare events of blood clots associated with low levels of blood platelets following immunization with the AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccines. After a thorough, independent assessment of the currently available scientific data, Health Canada has concluded that these very rare events may be linked to use of the vaccine. More information here.


On April 15, the Provincial Government provided more than $42 million to help 559 non-profit organizations across the province to support staff and volunteers, reimagine programing and renovate facilities as they deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.

On April 14, the Government of Canada and Ontario announced $656.5 million in funding to provide critical infrastructure upgrades to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province’s schools. More information here.

On April 13, Ontario announced it is rolling out vaccines to “hot spot” regions across the province as part of Phase Two of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. Through this initiative, 114 highly impacted neighbourhoods, as identified by postal code, will be reached through mass immunization clinics, mobile teams and pop-up clinics. More information here.

On April 13, the Ontario and Federal government announced funding for projects that will improve sport and recreational infrastructure in Toronto. The Government of Canada is investing over $8.9 million towards these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $7.4 million while the City of Toronto is contributing over $5.2 million to these projects. More information here.

On April 13, the Provincial Government invested nearly $400,000 in a skills training project to prepare 24 newcomers for careers in the trucking industry in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The investment is part of an effort to provide more people with opportunities to find meaningful, well-paying jobs while keeping Ontario competitive in a sector that is expected to see 25,000 vacancies across Canada by 2023. More information here.

On April 12, the Provincial Government, made the difficult decision to move elementary and secondary schools to remote learning following the April break. This move has been made in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants, and the massive spike in hospital admissions. More information here.

On April 12, the Provincial Government, in partnership with the Federal Government, launched the StaySafe™ COVID-19 Rapid Screening Pilot in the Waterloo Region. The StaySafe™ program will provide free rapid antigen point-of-care tests for employees of small- and medium-sized businesses, with a target of 3,000 rapid tests conducted each week in the region. The program will help detect cases of COVID-19 in the workplace that might otherwise be missed, helping to keep workers and their families safe. More information here.

On April 11, the Provincial Government rapidly increased capacity of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 700 pharmacies across the province. These locations will start offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and older throughout this week. This expansion will bring the total number of pharmacies offering the vaccine to over 1,400 locations and this number is expected to reach approximately 1,500 by the end of April. More information here.


On April 14, the City of Toronto is working with its healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 804,008 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. Toronto is the first health region in Ontario to administer more than 800,000 doses of vaccine. The Team Toronto effort is focused on getting as many residents vaccinated as quickly as possible based on available supply. More information here.

On April 12, the City of Toronto announced the recipients of the City of Toronto’s $5.5M COVID-19 Vaccine Engagement Teams Grants – a key part of the City’s COVID-19 Community Mobilization and Engagement Plan to connect with vulnerable residents and communities across Toronto. More information here.

On April 12, the City of Toronto opened three additional City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics at Cloverdale Mall (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (Eglinton-Lawrence) and Carmine Stefano Community Centre (Humber River-Black Creek) to vaccinate eligible residents with confirmed vaccination appointments who are age 60 years or older or 50 years and older from COVID-19 hot spots. More information here.


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 140,258,547 134,994,471 5,264,076 18,064,957 17,994 119,187,529 3,006,061
United States 32,245,594 31,734,077 511,517 6,894,690 96,970 24,771,678 579,226
India 14,496,601 13,202,783 1,293,818 1,671,808 10,424 12,649,334 175,459
Brazil 13,758,093 13,286,324 471,769 1,155,844 64,366 12,236,295 365,954
Russia 4,684,148 4,623,984 60,164 268,796 32,087 4,310,557 104,795
United Kingdom 4,383,572 4,365,461 18,111 116,794 64,306 4,139,553 127,225
Italy 3,842,079 3,736,526 105,553 506,738 63,619 3,218,975 116,366
Spain 3,407,283 3,336,637 70,646 201,068 72,853 3,129,234 76,981
Germany 3,111,574 2,968,958 142,616 279,246 37,045 2,752,000 80,328
Mexico 2,295,435 2,267,019 28,416 263,263 17,657 1,820,959 211,213
Iran 2,194,133 2,029,412 164,721 366,628 25,863 1,761,497 66,008
Peru 1,681,063 1,617,864 63,199 22,880 50,433 1,602,034 56,149
Chile 1,109,311 1,060,421 48,890 46,849 57,640 1,037,539 24,923
Canada 1,103,067 1,041,946 61,121 84,713 23,532 994,822 29,026
Saudi Arabia 403,106 396,758 6,348 9,285 11,439 387,020 6,801
China 90,468 90,386 82 299 63 85,533 4,831
Australia 29,483 29,388 95 1,146 1,142 26,385 910

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