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


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 189,925,125 up from 186,473,796 at 3:30 p.m. on July 9, 2021. Canada now reports 1,422,246 cases, up from 1,419,196 cases of COVID-19 on July 9. Ontario reports 547,705 cases, up from 546,621 cases on July 9, 2021. The province reports 2,143 (0.1%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 536,987 have been resolved (98.0%) and there have been 9,275 deaths (1.7%). The province has now completed 16,282,312 tests and reports 12,433 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 10,211,930 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 67,429,926 people being fully vaccinated as of July 15, 2021. In Canada, 69.27% of population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 47.36% are full vaccinated. 26,414,331 people have received only one dose and 18,062,209 people are fully vaccinated.


On July 15, the government of Canada announced that they are tentatively looking to reopen the US-Canada border by mid-August. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is seeking feedback from premiers and territorial leaders on how and when to ease restrictions on international travel to Canada. The border is closed to leisure travel until at least July 21.

In a statement following the evening meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office said non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border could begin in mid-August for fully vaccinated travellers. More information here.

On July 15, the government of Canada announced that as of November 1, 2021, the prohibition of cruise ships in Canadian waters would no longer be in effect if operators are able to fully comply with public health requirements. As the outlook of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to improve, Canada looks forward to having a cruising season in 2022. The cruise ship industry, which represents more than $4 billion annual input into the Canadian economy and directly and indirectly generates approximately 30,000 jobs, is an important part of Canada’s domestic tourism sector. More information here.

On July 14, the government of Canada launched a Task Force to conduct the most extensive review of the Employment Equity Act since its introduction.  Over the next months, the Task Force will study the Act and consult with stakeholders, communities and Canadians on issues related to employment equity.  The modernization of the Act is an important step in advancing the state of equity, diversity and inclusion in federally regulated workplaces, including by addressing the need for better retention and leadership opportunities for under-represented groups at some of Canada’s largest corporations. More information here.

On July 13, the government of Canada invested $19 million to bring people back to main streets across Toronto supporting recovery of over 3,300 local businesses and protecting more than 5,760 jobs. As part of this investment, the City of Toronto will receive $18 million to deliver the Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative (MRRI). This first-in-Canada approach will help to retain and attract new, locally owned businesses, as well as restore commercial foot traffic and vibrancy to local neighbourhoods with a focus on marginalized communities within the city.  More information here.


On July 15, the Ontario government announced it has invested $10.5 million to provide up to 60,000 small businesses across the province with free health and safety training over the next three years. The new Small Business Health and Safety Training Program will improve health and safety awareness to help prevent illnesses and injuries by training health and safety representatives of small businesses on how to keep workers safe in the retail, construction, health care, accommodation and food services, and other sectors. Businesses will also be reimbursed for the time the representatives are away from work. More information here.

On July 13, the Ontario government announced that it is increasing financial support available and simplifying the application process for individuals applying to the Second Career program. As the province’s economy begins to reopen, these changes will make it easier for laid-off and unemployed workers to pursue training and start new and better careers. More information here.


Today, the City of Toronto announced that it is continuing to work non-stop with its healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 4,022,987 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto as part of the broader Team Toronto initiative. More information here.


Country Total cases July 15

 at 8:00 a.m.

Total cases June 9 at 8:30 a.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 189,858,721 186,473,796 3,384,925 12,540,303 24,357 173,232,757 4,085,661
United States 34,887,155 34,676,905 210,250 4,921,028 104,762 30,183,876 624,214
India 31,026,829 30,752,950 273,924 430,390 22,257 30,183,876 412,563
Brazil 19,262,518 18,962,786 299,732 806,279 89,959 17,917,189 539,050
Russia 5,907,999 5,733,218 174,781 460,223 40,466 5,300,908 146,868
United Kingdom 5,281,098 5,022,893 258,205 772,475 77,372 4,380,030 128,593
Italy 4,278,319 4,267,105 11,214 40,900 70,869 4,109,579 127,840
Spain 4,069,162 3,915,313 153,849 330,028 86,997 3,658,050 81,084
Germany 3,748,367 3,741,451 6,916 18,304 44,591 3,638,200 91,863
Iran 3,464,055 3,344,122 119,933 291,446 40,703 3,086,017 86,592
Mexico 2,269,648 2,567,821 61,827 325,733 20,176 2,068,175 235,740
Peru 2,008,143 2,074,186 -66,043 N/A 62,432 N/A 194,143
Chile 1,594,496 1,579,591 14,905 15,103 82,676 1,545,186 34,207
Canada 1,422,246 1,419,196 3,050 4,848 37,344 1,390,926 26,472
Saudi Arabia 506,125 497,773 8,352 11,172 14,308 486,918 8,035
China 92,183 91,989 194 536 64 87,011 4,636
Australia 31,626 30,951 675 1,120 1,226 29,594 912

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