COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 23, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 145,922,561 up from 140,258,547 at 3:30 p.m. on April 23, 2021. Canada now reports 1,161,439 cases, up from 1,041,946 cases of COVID-19 on April 16. Ontario reports 437,310 cases, up from 408,383 cases on April 16, 2021. The Province reports 4,505 (1.0%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 387,712 have been resolved (88.7) and there have been 7,863 deaths (1.8%). The province has now completed 13,778,955 tests and reports 31,363 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 4,400,764 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 355,208 people being fully vaccinated as of April 23, 2021. In Canada, 9,199,796 people (24.21%) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 8,299,823 people (21.84%) have received only one dose and 899,946 people (4.89%) have received two doses.

FEDERAL

On April 23, Health Canada released a statement on the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as safe and effective for use in adults 18 years of age and older in Canada. On April 12th, following a safety review, Health Canada concluded that there is a possible link between very rare blood clotting events accompanied by low platelets and the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, having assessed the latest available international data. As a result, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine product monograph has been updated accordingly by Health Canada. More information here.

On April 23, The Government of Canada announced they have secured COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer for 2022 and 2023, with options to extend into 2024. The agreement guarantees access to 65 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, with access to up to 120 million more if all options are exercised. In addition to providing booster vaccine doses, the agreement provides flexibility to procure future COVID-19 vaccine formulations from Pfizer, such as those to protect against variants of concern and vaccines developed for children. More information here.

On April 22, The Government of Canada announced there will be a suspension of all commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days. The Public Health Agency of Canada has detected a disproportionally higher number of cases from flights originating from these countries. More information here.

On April 19, the Government of Canada released Budget 2021 is an historic investment to address the specific wounds of the COVID-19 recession, put people first, create jobs, grow the middle class, set businesses on a track for long-term growth, and ensure that Canada’s future will be healthier, more equitable, greener, and more prosperous.  The COVID-19 recession is the steepest and fastest economic contraction since the Great Depression. It has disproportionately affected low-wage workers, young people, women, and racialized Canadians. For businesses, it has been a two-speed recession, with some finding ways to prosper and grow, but many businesses—especially small businesses—fighting to survive. More information here.

On April 18, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Federal Government is working to provide additional, emergency support to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario.

This includes, sending federal health care staff and equipment to the front lines in Ontario to care for people across the province, particularly in areas that are most impacted. Boosting rapid testing to help stop the spread of the virus and working with municipalities and businesses to deploy them to hot spots across Ontario, support contact tracing and isolation, and make workplaces safer. More information here.

On April 17, the Government of Canada will provide a two-month extension on the two federal Mobile Health Units (MHU) it provided to Ontario in January. Those units were originally made available to Ontario until May 1st. With the extension, Ontario can count on having the two MHUs until at least June 30th, 2021. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

On April 21, The Ontario Government is launching a modernized cost-share intake as part of a $25.5 million program to increase the adoption of technological innovations within the agri-food sector to enhance the health and safety of workers and improve the sector’s efficiency and productivity. Minister Hardeman announced the Agri-tech Innovation Program— a $22 million cost-share program that will help farming operations and processor businesses adopt innovative and new technologies. More information here.

On April 20, The Ontario government, announced that beginning on April 21, 2021, 20 Shoppers Drug Mart locations, including 16 in the hot-spot communities of Toronto, Peel and York Region, will begin offering the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine 24/7 to individuals aged 40 and over. When the province begins to receive more vaccine supply from the federal government, it will expand 24/7 COVID-19 vaccinations to additional hot spot areas. More information here.

On April 19, the provincial government announced that starting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Ontario will offer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to individuals aged 40 and over at pharmacy and primary care settings across the province. More information here.

TORONTO
On April 23, The City of Toronto will again paint circles on the grass at Trinity Bellwood’s Park to encourage people to practise physical distancing while using the park. More information here.

On April 23, the City of Toronto, healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health have now administered more than one million COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 1,004,339 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. It is also expanding mobile vaccination efforts across Toronto to bring vaccine to the neighbourhoods most in need. More information here.

On April 21, Mayor John Tory provided an update on the Team Toronto effort to get vaccines to those that need them most, including a new mobile vaccination sprint strategy with Toronto health sector partners to triple the amount of vaccine in hot spot neighbourhoods. Toronto expects to start regularly receiving larger shipments of vaccine from the Province of Ontario. The City and Toronto Public Health are working with Health Sector partners including hospitals and community health centres to ensure that this increased vaccine supply will be offered to eligible individuals, especially in hot spots, where they live as quickly as possible through mobile and pop-up community vaccination clinics. More information here.

On April 20, Toronto Public Health announced they will issue a Section 22 order for workplace to reduce this significant risk to the city’s health. The Order requires the closure of certain workplaces, or portions of workplaces, where five or more confirmed cases are identified within a 14-day period and where cases could reasonably have been acquired through infection in the workplace. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases April 16 at 3:30 Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 145,922,561 140,258,547 5,664,014 18,743,175 18,721 124,087,146 3,092,240
United States 32,682,067 32,245,594 436,473 6,859,181 98,272 25,238,509 584,377
India 16,555,849 14,496,601 2,059,248 2,537,640 11,903 13,829,225 188,984
Brazil 14,172,139 13,758,093 414,046 1,114,597 66,294 12,673,785 383,757
Russia 4,744,961 4,684,148 60,813 266,246 32,503 4,371,214 107,501
United Kingdom 4,401,109 4,383,572 17,537 96,349 64,557 4,177,375 127,385
Italy 3,935,703 3,842,079 93,624 465,543 65,172 3,351,461 118,699
Spain 3,468,617 3,407,283 61,334 227,177 74,164 3,163,849 77,591
Germany 3,254,080 3,111,574 142,506 307,214 38,739 2,865,000 81,866
Mexico 2,319,519 2,295,435 24,084 263,460 17,839 1,841,964 214,095
Iran 2,358,809 2,194,133 164,676 366,628 27,797 1,850,791 68,746
Peru 1,734,606 1,681,063 53,543 14,210 52,026 1,661,792 58,604
Canada 1,161,439 1,103,067 58,372 84,713 30,557 1,051,585 23,871
Chile 1,155,902 1,109,311 46,591 45,430 60,052 1,084,831 25,641
Saudi Arabia 410,191 403,106 7,085 9,642 11,637 393,671 6,878
China 90,566 90,468 98 306 63 85,624 4,636
Australia 29,626 29,483 143 1,146 1,151 26,461 910

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