COVID-19 Government and International Response: May 14, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 162,333,626 up from 157,343,045 at 3:30 p.m. on May 7, 2021. Canada now reports 1,316,245 cases, up from 1,270,138 cases of COVID-19 on May 7. Ontario reports 504,533 cases, up from 486,223 cases on May 14, 2021. The Province reports 2,362 (0.5%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 468,033 have been resolved (92.8) and there have been 8,431 deaths (1.7%). The province has now completed 14,695,084 tests and reports 22,237 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 6,771,128 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 415,531 people being fully vaccinated as of May 14, 2021. In Canada, 14,771,261 people (38.87%) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 13,518,263 people (35.57%) have received only one dose and 1,252,998 people (3.30%) are fully vaccinated.

FEDERAL

Today, the Federal government in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, announced two projects that will receive funding under the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31-million investment to build safer spaces and ensure a higher quality of life for people across the country, by helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19. More information here.

Internationally trained nurses too often face challenges getting their credentials recognized in Canada in order to access quality jobs in health care. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of reducing the time it takes for them to complete their certification or licensure, in order to meet the health care system’s urgent need for nurses. On May 12, on International Nurses’ Day and during National Nursing Week, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced over $2.3 million for three projects that will help nurses put their education and skills to work sooner. More information here.

On May 11, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, launched two new contribution funding programs to help Canada’s airports recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) is a new program providing close to $490 million to financially assist Canada’s larger airports with investments in critical infrastructure-related to safety, security or connectivity. The Airport Relief Fund (ARF) is a new program providing almost $65 million in financial relief to targeted Canadian airports to help maintain operations. In addition to launching these two new funding programs, the Minister announced that Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) is receiving a funding top-up of $186 million over two years. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, the Ontario government invested $35 million to increase enrollment in nursing education programs in publicly assisted colleges and universities across the province. The new spaces will be available for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 cohorts and will introduce approximately 1,130 new practical nurses and 870 registered nurses into the health care system. More information here.

Today, the Ontario government announced it is providing over $1 million in financial relief to more than 300 resource-based tourism businesses operating at Ontario’s provincial parks and conservation reserves by waiving and reducing certain land use and licence fees for 2021. The province’s continued support for the resource-based tourism industry will help local businesses that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. More information here.

Today, the Ontario government announced it is investing almost $2 million in a project that will offer 150 underprivileged youth paid training and work experience for in-demand construction jobs in Ottawa, Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area. This paid 10-week pre-apprenticeship program, led by Brook Restoration Ltd, is offered to youth in disadvantaged communities, ages 18 to 29, including those experiencing homelessness and living in community housing. Youth have faced elevated unemployment rates during COVID-19. More information here.

On May 13, with the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, extended the Stay-at-Home Order until at least June 2, 2021. More information here.

On May 13, the Ontario government announced it will be providing one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant. More information here.

On May 12, Ontario announced it has administered first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to over 50 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and over. Over one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario since the start of May, and the province remains on track to have administered first doses to 65 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and over by the end of May. More information here.

On May 12, to ramp up its fight against COVID-19 in workplaces, and in addition to the recently announced partnership between the province and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario government has launched a new rapid testing portal to make it easier for all essential businesses to access free rapid testing to help keep employees and their families safe. More information here.

On May 11, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the province: “Effective today, Ontario will be pausing the rollout and administration of first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine at this time. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to an observed increase in the rare blood clotting condition, known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.” More information here.

On May 11, the Ontario government welcomed a new federal funding commitment of $10.7 billion to support the delivery of the province’s multi-billion plan to build four priority subways. Ontario’s bold $28.5 billion transit plan for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which already included a commitment of nearly $17 billion from the province, marks the largest subway expansion in Canadian history with the all-new Ontario Line; a three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension; the Yonge North Subway Extension; and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension. More information here.

On May 10, the Ontario government added high-risk health care workers to the list of those eligible to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than the extended four-month interval. Eligibility for booking will begin by the end of the week of May 10, 2021 and booking details will be provided in the coming days. More information here.

TORONTO

Today, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of in-person City-led and City-permitted outdoor events to September 6. This is to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help provide predictability to major event organizers. More information here.

On May 12, everyone aged 40 to 49 will be eligible to book a vaccination appointment at a City of Toronto immunization clinic. The new cohort joins those with at-risk health conditions and people who cannot work from home that are in Group Two of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, who became eligible to book appointments. In addition, 5,000 new appointments between May 17 and 23 at City-operated immunization clinics will be added in the provincial booking system tomorrow to meet some of the demand from this expanded eligibility and based on available vaccine supply. More than 20,000 appointments also remain open for the week of June 7. More information here.

On May 12, Mayor John Tory announced that recent initiatives by community and health partnerships have led to increased COVID-19 vaccine uptake in vulnerable communities across the city. Programs developed under the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 Community Mobilization and Engagement Plan are part of the TO Supports: Targeted Equity Action Plan and include partnerships with Toronto Public Health, Ontario Health Teams and community agencies that serve populations most vulnerable in areas hardest hit by COVID-19. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases May 7 at 3:30 Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 162,333,626 157,343,045 4,990,581 17,679,917 20,826 141,287,403 3,366,306
United States 33,633,923 33,385,838 248,085 6,361,148 101,100 26,674,118 598,657
India 24,372,243 21,886,556 2,485,687 3,679,691 17,512 20,426,323 266,229
Brazil 15,436,827 15,009,023 427,804 1,026,902 72,180 13,979,329 430,596
Russia 4,922,901 4,863,514 59,387 270,151 33,721 4,537,634 115,116
United Kingdom 4,446,824 4,431,043 15,781 58,987 65,208 4,260,169 127,668
Italy 4,146,722 4,092,747 53,975 339,606 68,672 3,683,189 123,927
Spain 3,604,799 3,567,408 37,391 228,120 77,074 3,297,340 79,339
Germany 3,584,677 3,502,537 82,140 239,208 42,667 3,259,000 86,469
Mexico 2,375,115 2,358,831 16,284 259,731 18,256 1,895,483 219,901
Iran 2,732,152 2,627,094 105,058 459,522 32,173 2,196,197 76,433
Peru 1,873,316 1,832,671 40,645 87,335 56,141 1,720,665 65,316
Canada 1,316,245 1,270,138 46,107 74,248 34,613 1,217,137 24,860
Chile 1,273,516 1,235,778 37,738 37,473 66,130 1,208,396 27,647
Saudi Arabia 430,505 424,445 6,060 9,244 12,202 414,139 7,122
China 90,815 90,739 76 285 63 85,894 4,636
Australia 29,957 29,893 64 186 1,163 28,861 910

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