COVID-19 Government and International Response: May 21, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 166,064,212 up from 162,333,626 at 3:30 p.m. on May 14, 2021. Canada now reports 1,347,445 cases, up from 1,316,245 cases of COVID-19 on May 14. Ontario reports 518,980 cases, up from 504,533 cases on May 21, 2021. The Province reports 1,890 (0.4%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 488,201 have been resolved (94.1%) and there have been 8,579 deaths (1.7%). The province has now completed 14,938,913 tests and reports 19,891 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 7,735,148 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 495,757 people being fully vaccinated as of May 21, 2021. In Canada, 20,124,350 (48.6%) people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 18,572,241 people have received only one dose and 1,552,109 people are fully vaccinated.

FEDERAL

On May 20, the Federal Government announced a one-year extension of draft regulations, initially released on July 2, 2020, to help employers who sponsor a registered pension plan (RPP) or deferred salary leave plan (DSLP) manage and maintain benefits for their employees through the COVID-19 pandemic. Extended temporary relief would continue to ensure that employees who participate in DSLPs who postponed their leave of absence because of COVID-19 do not face adverse tax consequences for staying on the job during the pandemic. It would also ensure RPP sponsors and their beneficiaries have the flexibility they need to administer their plans and support employees through the pandemic-related disruptions. More information here.

On May 19, Health Canada authorized a submission from Pfizer-BioNTech to allow its COVID-19 vaccine to be stored at regular refrigerated temperatures (2-8°C) at the point of use for up to one month. This change means that there will be more storage options available for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which will allow for more flexibility in distribution plans. More information here.

On May 18, the Federal Government launched Skills for Success, a new training program to help Canadians improve their foundational skills so they can find and keep good jobs. The program will provide training to nearly 90,000 Canadians and help get them back to work. Skills for Success will fund organizations to provide tools, resources and training to Canadians of all ages and at all skill levels. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on Canadian workers with many facing job losses and the need to upgrade or learn new skills to re-join the workforce.  More information here.

On May 17, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced an investment in public transit for the residents of Brampton. Safe and reliable public transit is essential in ensuring Ontarians get to work and home, to appointments, to shop for essentials, and to conduct business. Important investments in public transportation infrastructure play a key role in delivering this service. The Government of Canada is investing $4 million in this project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $3.3 million, and the City of Brampton is contributing $2.6 million. More information here.

On May 17, the Federal Government announced the launch of a new national campaign to encourage vaccine uptake, which will appear on television, radio, print, out-of-home and online. The campaign uses the concept of a ripple effect to underscore how one small, individual action can greatly influence outcomes for everyone. Getting vaccinated will help reduce infection rates, ease pressure on the health system and create the conditions that will allow us to get back to important social, economic and recreational activities. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, is proceeding with second dose administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, beginning with those who received their first dose of the vaccine between March 10 and March 19, 2021. More information here.

On May 20, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. More information here.

On May 18, the Ontario government continued its support of businesses and workers by expanding inspections of manufacturing and food processing workplaces, warehouses and distribution centres. Approximately 100 provincial offences officers are expected to visit about 1,500 workplaces in Toronto, Hamilton and regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York between May 10 and May 28 to uphold the encouraging results previous inspections have delivered. More information here.

On May 18, the Ontario government invested nearly $690,000 to train 260 manufacturing workers and apprentices on how to improve productivity, keep them safe on the job and strengthen our supply chains. This program, led by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), will help the sector quickly adapt to new challenges, such as the ones brought about by COVID-19. More information here.

On May 17, the Ontario government announced funding for virtual learning by supporting nearly 400 innovative projects at colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes. These projects are part of the province’s Virtual Learning Strategy and will provide students with more flexibility and access to high-quality postsecondary education and retraining opportunities. Projects will support partnerships between colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes in key priority areas that include creating or adapting digital content, equipping faculty and students with skills and resources to teach and learn online, identifying educational technologies to support online courses and programs. More information here.

TORONTO

On May 20, The City of Toronto announced it is working to reopen outdoor recreational amenities following the Province of Ontario’s announcement that a number of amenities can reopen effective Saturday, May 22. More information here.

On May 20, the City of Toronto continued to expand mobile vaccine team capabilities to provide additional on-site clinics. To further immunize our most vulnerable residents, a group of paramedics, supported by The Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, Toronto Public Health (TPH) and Toronto firefighters are attending shelters, as well as drop-ins and encampment sites to immunize people seven days a week. The City continues to support health care partners and the Province to roll-out vaccinations to people experiencing homelessness and frontline workers in the homelessness sector as quickly as possible. More information here.

On May 19, Mayor John Tory announced the City of Toronto will be having a Long Weekend Dose Drive this weekend to encourage thousands of residents to get vaccinated. The City is opening more than 19,000 new vaccination appointments over the Victoria Day long weekend at City-operated immunization clinics. The new appointments are spread across six of the City’s clinics, in addition to already-scheduled appointments. More information here.

On May 18, everyone aged 18 and older will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at a City of Toronto immunization clinic. In the first hour when the age eligibility increased to 18 years and older, 8,926 people booked a vaccine appointment at a City-run clinic. More information here.

On May 17, the City of Toronto provided an update on measures to stop the third wave of the pandemic and the Team Toronto effort to vaccinate people as quickly as possible. The City and vaccination partners have now administered at least a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 60 per cent of all Toronto adults age 18 or older. Team Toronto has reached this goal thanks to a vaccination network that includes the City, Toronto Public Health, hospitals, pharmacies, Ontario Health Teams, Local Health Integration Networks, community clinics, primary care physicians and community groups – a network of more than 350 vaccination partners. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 10:30 a.m. Total cases May 14 at 3:30 Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 166,064,212 162,333,626 4,990,581 15,795,261 21,304 146,820,581 3,448,370
United States 33,833,624 33,633,923 248,085 5,872,329 101,689 27,358,665 602,630
India 26,142,705 24,372,243 2,485,687 2,997,624 18,781 22,852,390 292,691
Brazil 15,898,558 15,436,827 427,804 1,068,205 74,329 14,385,962 444,391
Russia 4,983,845 4,922,901 59,387 264,986 34,138 4,601,120 117,739
United Kingdom 4,455,221 4,446,824 15,781 41,632 65,325 4,285,888 127,701
Italy 4,178,261 4,146,722 53,975 299,486 69,196 3,753,965 124,810
Germany 3,640,085 3,584,677 82,140 177,818 43,324 3,374,600 87,667
Spain 3,631,661 3,604,799 37,391 195,788 77,648 3,356,272 79,601
Iran 2,815,882 2,732,152 105,058 432,864 33,151 2,304,824 78,194
Mexico 2,390,140 2,375,115 16,284 259,873 18,368 1,909,187 221,080
Iran 2,815,882 2,732,152 105,058 432,864 33,151 2,304,824 78,194
Peru 1,910,360 1,873,316 40,645 122,442 57,237 1,720,665 67,253
Canada 1,347,445 1,316,245 46,107 59,968 35,427 1,262,366 25,111
Chile 1,308,311 1,273,516 37,738 38,716 67,925 1,241,426 28,169
Saudi Arabia 438,705 430,505 6,060 8,775 12,431 422,706 7,224
China 90,944 90,815 76 303 63 86,005 4,636
Australia 29,999 29,957 64 137 1,165 28,952 910

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WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 166,064,212 up from 162,333,626 at 3:30 p.m. on May 14, 2021. Canada now reports 1,347,445 cases, up from 1,316,245 cases of COVID-19 on May 14. Ontario reports 518,980 cases, up from 504,533 cases on May 21, 2021. The Province reports 1,890 (0.4%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 488,201 have been resolved (94.1%) and there have been 8,579 deaths (1.7%). The province has now completed 14,938,913 tests and reports 19,891 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 7,735,148 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 495,757 people being fully vaccinated as of May 21, 2021. In Canada, 20,124,350 (48.6%) people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 18,572,241 people have received only one dose and 1,552,109 people are fully vaccinated.

FEDERAL

On May 20, the Federal Government announced a one-year extension of draft regulations, initially released on July 2, 2020, to help employers who sponsor a registered pension plan (RPP) or deferred salary leave plan (DSLP) manage and maintain benefits for their employees through the COVID-19 pandemic. Extended temporary relief would continue to ensure that employees who participate in DSLPs who postponed their leave of absence because of COVID-19 do not face adverse tax consequences for staying on the job during the pandemic. It would also ensure RPP sponsors and their beneficiaries have the flexibility they need to administer their plans and support employees through the pandemic-related disruptions. More information here.

On May 19, Health Canada authorized a submission from Pfizer-BioNTech to allow its COVID-19 vaccine to be stored at regular refrigerated temperatures (2-8°C) at the point of use for up to one month. This change means that there will be more storage options available for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which will allow for more flexibility in distribution plans. More information here.

On May 18, the Federal Government launched Skills for Success, a new training program to help Canadians improve their foundational skills so they can find and keep good jobs. The program will provide training to nearly 90,000 Canadians and help get them back to work. Skills for Success will fund organizations to provide tools, resources and training to Canadians of all ages and at all skill levels. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on Canadian workers with many facing job losses and the need to upgrade or learn new skills to re-join the workforce.  More information here.

On May 17, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced an investment in public transit for the residents of Brampton. Safe and reliable public transit is essential in ensuring Ontarians get to work and home, to appointments, to shop for essentials, and to conduct business. Important investments in public transportation infrastructure play a key role in delivering this service. The Government of Canada is investing $4 million in this project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $3.3 million, and the City of Brampton is contributing $2.6 million. More information here.

On May 17, the Federal Government announced the launch of a new national campaign to encourage vaccine uptake, which will appear on television, radio, print, out-of-home and online. The campaign uses the concept of a ripple effect to underscore how one small, individual action can greatly influence outcomes for everyone. Getting vaccinated will help reduce infection rates, ease pressure on the health system and create the conditions that will allow us to get back to important social, economic and recreational activities. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, is proceeding with second dose administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, beginning with those who received their first dose of the vaccine between March 10 and March 19, 2021. More information here.

On May 20, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. More information here.

On May 18, the Ontario government continued its support of businesses and workers by expanding inspections of manufacturing and food processing workplaces, warehouses and distribution centres. Approximately 100 provincial offences officers are expected to visit about 1,500 workplaces in Toronto, Hamilton and regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York between May 10 and May 28 to uphold the encouraging results previous inspections have delivered. More information here.

On May 18, the Ontario government invested nearly $690,000 to train 260 manufacturing workers and apprentices on how to improve productivity, keep them safe on the job and strengthen our supply chains. This program, led by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), will help the sector quickly adapt to new challenges, such as the ones brought about by COVID-19. More information here.

On May 17, the Ontario government announced funding for virtual learning by supporting nearly 400 innovative projects at colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes. These projects are part of the province’s Virtual Learning Strategy and will provide students with more flexibility and access to high-quality postsecondary education and retraining opportunities. Projects will support partnerships between colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes in key priority areas that include creating or adapting digital content, equipping faculty and students with skills and resources to teach and learn online, identifying educational technologies to support online courses and programs. More information here.

TORONTO

On May 20, The City of Toronto announced it is working to reopen outdoor recreational amenities following the Province of Ontario’s announcement that a number of amenities can reopen effective Saturday, May 22. More information here.

On May 20, the City of Toronto continued to expand mobile vaccine team capabilities to provide additional on-site clinics. To further immunize our most vulnerable residents, a group of paramedics, supported by The Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, Toronto Public Health (TPH) and Toronto firefighters are attending shelters, as well as drop-ins and encampment sites to immunize people seven days a week. The City continues to support health care partners and the Province to roll-out vaccinations to people experiencing homelessness and frontline workers in the homelessness sector as quickly as possible. More information here.

On May 19, Mayor John Tory announced the City of Toronto will be having a Long Weekend Dose Drive this weekend to encourage thousands of residents to get vaccinated. The City is opening more than 19,000 new vaccination appointments over the Victoria Day long weekend at City-operated immunization clinics. The new appointments are spread across six of the City’s clinics, in addition to already-scheduled appointments. More information here.

On May 18, everyone aged 18 and older will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at a City of Toronto immunization clinic. In the first hour when the age eligibility increased to 18 years and older, 8,926 people booked a vaccine appointment at a City-run clinic. More information here.

On May 17, the City of Toronto provided an update on measures to stop the third wave of the pandemic and the Team Toronto effort to vaccinate people as quickly as possible. The City and vaccination partners have now administered at least a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 60 per cent of all Toronto adults age 18 or older. Team Toronto has reached this goal thanks to a vaccination network that includes the City, Toronto Public Health, hospitals, pharmacies, Ontario Health Teams, Local Health Integration Networks, community clinics, primary care physicians and community groups – a network of more than 350 vaccination partners. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 10:30 a.m. Total cases May 14 at 3:30 Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 166,064,212 162,333,626 4,990,581 15,795,261 21,304 146,820,581 3,448,370
United States 33,833,624 33,633,923 248,085 5,872,329 101,689 27,358,665 602,630
India 26,142,705 24,372,243 2,485,687 2,997,624 18,781 22,852,390 292,691
Brazil 15,898,558 15,436,827 427,804 1,068,205 74,329 14,385,962 444,391
Russia 4,983,845 4,922,901 59,387 264,986 34,138 4,601,120 117,739
United Kingdom 4,455,221 4,446,824 15,781 41,632 65,325 4,285,888 127,701
Italy 4,178,261 4,146,722 53,975 299,486 69,196 3,753,965 124,810
Germany 3,640,085 3,584,677 82,140 177,818 43,324 3,374,600 87,667
Spain 3,631,661 3,604,799 37,391 195,788 77,648 3,356,272 79,601
Iran 2,815,882 2,732,152 105,058 432,864 33,151 2,304,824 78,194
Mexico 2,390,140 2,375,115 16,284 259,873 18,368 1,909,187 221,080
Iran 2,815,882 2,732,152 105,058 432,864 33,151 2,304,824 78,194
Peru 1,910,360 1,873,316 40,645 122,442 57,237 1,720,665 67,253
Canada 1,347,445 1,316,245 46,107 59,968 35,427 1,262,366 25,111
Chile 1,308,311 1,273,516 37,738 38,716 67,925 1,241,426 28,169
Saudi Arabia 438,705 430,505 6,060 8,775 12,431 422,706 7,224
China 90,944 90,815 76 303 63 86,005 4,636
Australia 29,999 29,957 64 137 1,165 28,952 910

COVID-19 is challenging your business. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Region Board of Trade are Here to Help You Get Through: https://supportbusiness.bot.com/access-support/