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

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 193,601,602 up from 189,925,125 at 3:30 p.m. on July 16, 2021. Canada now reports 1,425,097 cases up from 1,422,246 cases of COVID-19 on July 16. Ontario reports 548,986 cases, up from 547,705 cases on July 16, 2021. The province reports 192 (0.1%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 538,271 have been resolved (98.0%) and there have been 9,308 deaths (1.7%). The province has now completed 16,431,894 tests and reports 6,580 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 Canada, 69.96% (26,679,243) of the population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 53.04% (20,224,889) are full vaccinated. In Ontario 69.976% (10,349,267) people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 56.628% (8,375,133) people being fully vaccinated as of July 23, 2021.


On July 20, the Government of Canada announced that three new projects will receive funding through the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) to support vaccination efforts across Canada. These community-based projects will support populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 make informed vaccination choices by crowding out misinformation and providing culturally relevant and science-based information. More information here.

On July 19, the Government of Canada announced that they will deliver on its Budget 2021 commitment by launching consultations on future longer-term EI improvements in August. The Government will consult with Canadian workers, employers and other stakeholders, recognizing that both employees and employers are partners in the program and have an important stake in how it evolves. The immediate focus of the consultations will be on improving access to EI by examining systemic gaps exposed by COVID-19. More information here.

On July 19, the Government of Canada announced that on September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements. Starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel. More information here.


On July 20, the Government of Ontario invested $5.8 million in free online training to help 100,000 workers gain the skills they need to find good jobs and restart their careers. Courses will focus on building skills most in-demand by employers in fields such as information technology, finance and business administration. This funding is part of the government’s $115 million Skills Development Fund to address challenges to hiring, training and retraining workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.

On July 19, the Government of Ontario launched a new Winery Agri-Tourism COVID-19 Relief Initiative to support agri-tourism businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ontario wineries and cideries with on-site stores whose business were impacted by COVID-19 safety measures to stop the spread of the virus will be eligible for this one-time grant. Businesses that saw a revenue decline in at least one area of their operations, such as decreased tourism, tours, events and tastings, or have faced increased expenses to comply with public health safety measures for COVID-19 will be eligible to receive support. More information here.

On July 19, the Government of Ontario invested $10 million towards the Digital Main Street program for 2021-22 to help over 13,000 small businesses expand their digital presence and market their services online. As businesses enter Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, the renewed program will provide small businesses with $2,500 grants, technical training, and digital resources to help them reach more customers in person and online, positioning them for a stronger recovery. More information here.


Today, the City of Toronto announced that is it continuing to work non-stop with its healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 4,193,199 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto as part of the broader Team Toronto initiative. More information here.

On July 21, the City of Toronto announced that it will be offering walk-in vaccinations for anyone age 12 and older needing a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. By lowering the barrier to vaccination across Toronto, the City is working to reach the approximately 20 per cent of Toronto adults who have not initiated vaccination and the 125,000 people who can accelerate a second dose scheduled for later in the year. More information here.


Country Total cases July 23

 at 8:00 a.m.

Total cases June 16 at 8:30 a.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 193,601,602 189,858,721 3,742,881 13,577,595 105,733 175,869,020 4,153,987
United States 35,214,399 34,887,155 327,244 5,110,034 105,733 29,478,186 626,179
India 31,297,122 31,026,829 270,293 409,430 22,446 30,468,079 419,613
Brazil 19,524,092 19,262,518 261,574 717,247 91,169 18,259,711 547,134
Russia 6,078,522 5,907,999 170,523 476,222 41,634 5,450,003 152,296
United Kingdom 5,602,321 5,281,098 321,223 1,045,808 82,070 4,427,533 128,980
Italy 4,302,393 4,278,319 24,074 54,866 71.270 4,119,607 127,920
Spain 4,249,258 4,069,162 180,096 486,939 90,847 3,681,125 81,194
Germany 3,758,406 3,748,367 10,039 23,116 44,707 3,643,300 91,990
Iran 3,645,654 3,464,055 181,599 336,936 42,827 3,220,445 88,273
Mexico 2,709,739 2,269,648 440,091 359,298 20,786 2,112,815 237,626
Peru 2,099,522 2,008,143 91,379 N/A 62,755 N/A 195,547
Chile 1,604,713 1,594,496 10,217 11,252 83,192 1,558,669 34,792
Canada 1,425,097 1,422,246 2,851 4,511 37,413 1,394,060 26,526
Saudi Arabia 515,693 506,125 9,568 10,742 14,573 496,810 8,141
China 92,462 92,183 279 663 64 87,163 4,636
Australia 32,588 31,626 962 1,120 1,263 29,743 916

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