COVID-19 Government and International Response: July 30, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 197,566,250 up from 193,601,602 at 3:30 p.m. on July 23, 2021. Canada now reports 1,429,579 cases up from 1,425,097 cases of COVID-19 on July 23. Ontario reports 549,952 cases, up from 548,986 cases on July 23, 2021. The province reports 218 (0.1%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 539,200 have been resolved (98.0%) and there have been 9,328 deaths (1.7%). The province has now completed 16,530,453 tests and reports 8,054 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, 70.59% (26,917,700) of the population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 57.38% (21,881,949) are full vaccinated. In Ontario 70.6% (10,441,944) people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 59.8% (8,851,757) people being fully vaccinated as of July 30, 2021.

FEDERAL

On July 29, the Government of Canada and Jan De Silva, President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade, released recommendations for the Moving Forward on the National Infrastructure Assessment that summarizes consultation findings to inform the National Infrastructure Assessment. Launched last March, the consultation – named “Building the Canada We Want in 2050” – sought input from the public, Indigenous communities and organizations, provinces, territories, municipalities, and stakeholders on three main priorities of the assessment, which are: assessing Canada’s infrastructure needs and establishing a long-term vision; improving coordination among infrastructure owners and funders; and determining the best ways to fund and finance infrastructure. More information here.

On July 29, the Government of Canada announced that Ontario has received over $850 million through the new federal Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF) for the 2021–22 fiscal year, along with a top-up of more than $816 million. This top-up more than doubles the amount of money that Ontario communities received through the program in 2020-21, enabling them to carry out infrastructure projects that support the well-being of their residents. More information here.

On July 27, the Government of Canada announced two new projects aimed at youth that will receive funding through the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF). These projects will promote the importance of vaccinating against COVID-19 to youth aged 12 and over through school-based interventions and community-based outreach. The two programs set to receive funding are BGC Canada (formerly Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada) and The Canada Safety Council. More information here.

On July 27, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that with its most recent shipment, Canada has now received more than 66 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – enough to fully vaccinate every eligible person in Canada – two months ahead of the original goal of September. This milestone is the largest immunization campaign in Canada’s history, and is the result of a proactive procurement approach, focused on building a diverse vaccine portfolio.  Canada continues to be a world leader in vaccination rates, with over 80 per cent of eligible people in the country vaccinated with their first dose and approximately 64 per cent fully vaccinated. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

On July 29, the Government of Ontario announced a historic agreement to bring high-speed internet to nearly 280,000 rural Ontario households in hundreds of communities across the province. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much we rely on our internet connections, making access to fast and reliable internet service even more critical. For too long, many rural Canadians have lacked access to high-speed internet, impacting their ability to work, learn and keep in touch with family and friends. More information here.

On July 29, the Government of Ontario announced that it invested over $3 million to create a virtual training hub that will help construction supervisors learn the skills they need to mentor and train their team. The funding will also go toward the creation of an online job bank that will help up to 200 laid-off and unemployed workers find good jobs in construction. 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 28, the Government of Ontario announced that it invested up to $324 million in new funding to enable Ontario’s hospitals and community health sector to perform more surgeries, MRI and CT scans and procedures, including on evenings and weekends, as part of a wider, comprehensive surgical recovery plan to provide patients with the care they need. This plan will enable Ontario’s health care system to perform up to 67,000 additional surgeries and procedures, as well as up to 135,000 more diagnostic imaging hours to address wait times, improve access to care and support the government’s commitment to end hallway health care. More information here.

On July 26, the Government of Ontario announced that it will continue take steps to create a reliable, high-quality supply of locally-made surgical masks to help protect workers in the public sector from the risk of COVID-19 and other illnesses. The province recently signed contracts with Viva Healthcare Packaging and Canada Masq to supply 500 million made-in-Ontario level 1 and level 2 surgical/protective masks over the next five years. More information here.

TORONTO

Today, the City of Toronto announced 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, 4,307,471 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto as part of the broader Team Toronto initiative. More information here.

On July 29, the City of Toronto announced the launch of a new pilot program to allow amplified live music on patios to support Toronto’s economic and cultural recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, City Council approved the pilot for three City wards: Beaches-East York, Toronto-Danforth and Davenport. The Live Music on Patios Pilot aims to add energy and vitality to participating main streets, encouraging people to return to their favourite restaurants and bars, as well as visit local shops and services. By permitting restaurants, bars and venues to hire musicians to perform on CaféTO patios, the program will also help local artists, who have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.

On July 28, the City of Toronto entered its next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program. As Toronto’s vaccine coverage surpasses 80% first-dose in residents 12 years and older, and approaches 75% for second doses, the City of Toronto will be expanding its mobile vaccination team operations to increase access to vaccines for those yet to receive their shot. Toronto will be increasing hyper-local mobile clinic opportunities in focused areas with lower vaccine uptake. Directing resources to mobile efforts and increasing access to mobile clinic teams, will expand Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) ability to bring vaccines directly to workplaces, faith groups, organizations and communities that experience barriers to vaccination and low vaccine uptake. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases July 30

 at 9:00 a.m.

Total cases July 23

 at 8:00 a.m.

Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 197,527,898 193,601,602 3,926,296 14,659,753 25,341 29,626,754 4,218,245
United States 35,584,272 35,214,399 369,873 5,329,026 106,831 29,626,754 628,492
India 31,572,344 31,297,122 275,222 405,128 22,640 30,743,972 423,244
Brazil 19,839,369 19,524,092 315,277 714,752 92,628 18,569,991 554,626
Russia 6,242,066 6,078,522 163,544 495,477 42,753 5,588,848 157,771
United Kingdom 5,801,561 5,602,321 199,240 1,183,152 84,981 4,488,894 129,515
Italy 4,336,906 4,302,393 34,518 78,484 71,843 4,130,393 128,029
Spain 4,422,291 4,249,258 173,033 632,953 94,545 3,707,914 81,442
Germany 3,772,307 3,758,406 13,901 29,276 44,870 3,650,900 92,131
Iran 3,851,162 3,645,654 205,508 412,455 45,230 3,348,363 90,344
Mexico 2,810,097 2,709,739 100,358 377,623 21,552 2,192,477 239,997
Peru 2,108,595 2,099,522 9,073 N/A 63,010 N/A 196,214
Chile 1,613,288 1,604,713 8,575 9,699 83,623 1,568,294 35,295
Canada 1,429,579 1,425,097 4,482 5,967 37,524 1,397,037 26,575
Saudi Arabia 523,397 515,693 7,704 11,358 14,787 503,827 8,212
China 92,875 92,462 411 932 65 87,307 4,636
Australia 33,909 32,588 1,321 3,060 1,313 29,926 923

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