COVID-19 Government and International Response: August 20, 2021


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 211,054,096 up from 206,424,284 at 8:30 a.m. on August 13, 2021. Canada now reports 1,462,906 cases up from 1,447,446 cases of COVID-19 on August 13. Ontario reports 557,451 cases, up from 553,962 cases on August 13, 2021. The province reports 531 (0.1%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 543,760 have been resolved (97.5%) and there have been 9,448 deaths (1.7%). The province has now completed 16,939,641 tests and reports 13,142 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, 72.2% (27,540,252) of the population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 64.3% (24,534,518) are fully vaccinated. In Ontario 72.1% (10,670,142) people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 65.3% (9,670,921) people being fully vaccinated as of August 20, 2021.


On August 19, the United States Government announced that Canada’s land border with the United States will remain closed until at least Sept. 21. In an order pre-published Friday, the U.S Department of Homeland Security cites the delta variant and case counts as the reason for keeping its land border closed. The decision comes two weeks after Canada opened its land border to Americans who are fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours. More information here.

On August 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doubled down over questions about his plan to require proof of vaccination for all those looking to travel domestically as soon as this fall, amid a fourth wave primarily driven by unvaccinated people. Two days before asking the governor general to dissolve Parliament and call an election, Trudeau’s government unveiled new policies that require vaccination for domestic travellers, require federal workers to be vaccinated, and that set the expectation for federally regulated industries to do the same. More information here.

On August 13, the Government of Canada announced that they have entered into an agreement with Moderna for additional supply of its COVID-19 vaccine for 2022 and 2023, with an option to extend into 2024. The agreement guarantees access to 40 million doses, with access to up to 65 million more if all options are exercised. The agreement will allow access to new COVID-19 vaccine adaptations based on the evolution of the epidemiological situation in Canada. More information here.

On August 13, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $8.7 million to extend some key elements of the Digital Main Street platform and the Recovery Activation Program for an additional three months—bringing the total federal investment to over $70 million.   Since the launch of these programs, it is estimated that over 30,000 businesses have been engaged to pivot and digitize their operations, helping them generate new revenue channels throughout the course of the pandemic and build their resiliency. More information here.


On August 19, the Government of Ontario invested in new partnerships in agri-food innovation, including pilot projects in robotics and artificial intelligence, to help the industry address pandemic related challenges, ongoing labour shortages, and create new opportunities for growth across the sector. More information here.

On August 17, the Government of Ontario announced that they are making COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory in high-risk settings, pausing the province’s exit from the Roadmap to Reopen and providing third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable populations. More information here.

On August 16, the Government of Ontario provided an additional $307 million to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions and keep people safe. This investment builds upon the $765 million dollars of Social Services Relief Funding (SSRF) announced in 2020- 2021, for a total support to communities of over $1 billion. More information here.


On August 19, the City of Toronto announced a new mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy requiring all City of Toronto employees to receive both doses of the vaccine. With the health and safety of residents, staff and the community key priorities for the City, this new policy demonstrates a commitment to taking every precaution to protect staff and visitors in City workplaces from COVID-19. More information here.

On August 17, the City of Toronto launched the #VaxTOCampus campaign to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake in post-secondary settings. This includes promoting equitable, barrier-free access to vaccination and clear evidence-based information to staff, faculty, and students on and off campus. More information here.

On August 16, the City of Toronto reported that since May 1, 98.7 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 cases with known vaccination status were not fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people have greater protection against COVID-19 than unvaccinated people, including against the Delta variant. More information here.


Country Total cases August 20

 at 8:40 a.m.

Total cases August 13

 at 8:30 a.m.

Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 211,039,205 206,424,284 4,614,921 17,664,985 27,074 188,952,836 4,421,384
United States 38,231,787 37,203,649 1,028,138 7,198,006 114,742 30,390,669 643,112
India 32,358,829 32,117,826 241,003 363,572 23,191 31,561,635 4303,622
Brazil 20,949,212 20,285,067 664,145 528,432 95,647 19,393,047 572,733
Russia 6,705,523 6,557,068 148,455 547,633 45,927 5,983,405 174,485
United Kingdom 6,392,160 6,179,506 212,654 1,305,098 93,604 4,955,689 131,373
Italy 4,464,055 4,420,429 80,150 616,574 101,720 4,058,425 83,004
Spain 4,758,003 4,677,883 111,312 717,982 100,008 3,877,494 82,407
Germany 3,854,509 3,841,316 13,193 68,662 45,839 3,693,400 92,447
Iran 4,616,516 4,359,385 257,131 647,510 54,179 3,868,196 100,810
Mexico 3,175,211 3,045,571 129,640 420,059 24,338 2,503,833 251,319
Peru 2,138,666 2,130,018 8,648 N/A 63,617 N/A 197,716
Chile 1,631,689 1,626,594 5,095 6,929 84,536 1,588,236 36,524
Canada 1,462,906 1,447,446 15,460 21,857 38,380 1,414,266 26,783
Saudi Arabia 540,743 536,693 4,050 5,858 15,264 526,436 8,449
China 94,579 94,260 319 1,817 66 88,126 4,636
Australia 42,229 38,168 4,061 9,660 1,635 31,593 976

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