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Global National: April 8, 2020 | Premiers call for more COVID-19 testing and increased screening

Global National: April 8, 2020 | Premiers call for more COVID-19 testing and increased screening
on this Wednesday night Ontario sounds the alarm why is the province with the most people doing the fewest tests for Kovac 19 it's unacceptable Alberta's stern warning it all depends on how Albertans act in the weeks to come the Premier's plan to ramp up

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s multiply for improved checks at the canada-us border they're not graves relaxing the rules about the emergency wage subsidy even

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companies are now eligible and post pandemic preparations a top Canadian doctor on what needs to happen to ease us out of this

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with Donna freezin good evening and thanks for joining us as we all continue to endure unprecedented restrictions on every aspect of our lives pressure is mounting to increase kovat 19

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in this country until now tests have mostly been restricted to people with symptoms and those who have been in close contact with an infected person and Ontario has
been lagging far behind it has done fewer tests per capita than most other provinces it has the ability we're told to test 13,000 people a day over the last 10 days the most it's done is between 6,000 to fewer than 3000 tests a day it's unacceptable we say we can do 13,000 a day then we need to start doing 13,000 every single day the days are done of these two and 3,000 a day being tested we have to make this happen and we need to start doing it immediately starting tomorrow
that's premier Doug Ford now

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was limited at the start of this pandemic because of a lack of supplies and lab capacity everywhere but that since ramped up and now there's intense pressure to test a much wider group starting with frontline health care workers and employees and residents in long-term care facilities

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's Travis dhanraj's with me from Toronto Travis Doug Ford is fired up about this why has Ontario been so slow to ramp up

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well it's a very good
question Donna and you could hear the frustration in the Premier's voice today he said that he spoke with the Cova Dean command table that they have here in Toronto and he spoke to health officials right across the province really saying that he wants this

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ramped up now initially the problem was we didn't have enough reagent that there weren't enough assessment centers that problem as he mentioned has been fixed so now what health officials are saying is essentially that
there is a backlog from those first tests that needed to be done that they need to get through first they also need to give we reintroduce new guidelines for

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to public health units now we know that the premier has said that he wants long-term care residents and also long-term care workers tested and we saw how desperately those tests are needed day at a facility here in Toronto long-term care facilities Sevenoaks there were a hundred patients that are either confirmed or presumptive
cases of kovat 19 and almost a dozen or so healthcare workers in that facility so the premier says that no

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excuses that this

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has to be ramped up but only time will tell in the next couple of days whether or not that becomes a reality Donna all right Travis Dhanraj in Toronto thanks Alberta's premier also wants to seriously ramp up

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rigorous approach to tracking returning travelers who were under mandatory orders to self isolate Jason Kenney is
aiming for 20,000 tests a day and he says he believes it was a mistake for Canada to wait so long to close the borders especially to countries with high levels of infection Tom Vernon is with me from the Alberta legislature in Edmonton Tom what's behind the tough new message from premier Kenny yeah Donna premier candy says here in Alberta we're really facing a triple threat there's obviously the public health concern when it comes to kovat 19 and the economic downturn being caused by
that pandemic but Alberta is also facing a collapse in world oil prices which is compounding the economic issues here now you mentioned he had concerns about returning inter

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travelers he raised these concerns last month as well he says Alberta will provide

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resources to track and quarantine and test these people as they come back although he hasn't said exactly what that will look like on the quarantine to enforce that the premier has also suggested the idea of using cell phone
technology to ensure quarantine orders are being followed that's obviously raised some privacy concerns here in Alberta but the premier says these measures are for and as we learn

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details is truly to stop the spread of the virus we simply cannot risk letting the virus loose in Alberta that would create a public health catastrophe which would force an even

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stringent lockdown in the future leaving our economy even further battered Tom the premier is also warning of 25 percent
unemployment in Alberta and of paying some companies to take Alberta's oil what's his strategy to try to mitigate what he

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s the greatest challenge of a generation yeah Donna that 25% unemployment number he gave that to a business audience yesterday that would add up to about 500,000 Albertans out of work so some of the steps the province is suggesting while he said in his speech last night that it's placing much of the blame on Saudi Arabia and Russia they have to do what take a
lot of the effort and reducing that amount to supply of oil on the market but he said there

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needs to be done to supply North American energy security work on that front another step premier candy pointed to was Alberta's investments in the Keystone XL pipeline and getting that project moving forward he says that will provide long-term stability here in Alberta opposition members here are quick to point out though that the Premier's vision is too narrow he needs to look wider than
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about diversification Donna Tom Vernon in Edmonton thanks well the number of Canadians confirmed to have kovat 19 is changing rapidly here are the latest numbers

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than 1300 new cases were reported today most of them in Ontario in Quebec with today's jump Quebec now has

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than 10,000 confirmed cases Ontario has just over 5200 overall

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than 19,000 people in Canada are known to have the virus though we know of course many people have
not been tested yet at least 430 people have died in Canada

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News has learned there are no public health officers at land border crossings to test people for the virus it's a gap in

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that potentially puts people at risk and it raises questions about whether there's enough monitoring and enforcement at the border to detect and track people who are coming back from overseas Mercedes Stevenson joins me now Mercedes BC did announce a crackdown on

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today what can you
tell us well the premier John Horgan was out and he is telling people that they're not just expected to self isolate they're actually going to have to show a plan when they get to the airport or come across that border crossing saying here is how I am going to self isolate if they are not satisfied but the plan that is presented which will be treated as a legal document then they will have a plan for you and force you into isolation that means they are concerned obviously that people are
coming across and presenting self-isolation plans either aren't sticking to them or they're not realistic take a listen to what he had to say earlier this afternoon they will be met by BC officials they'll be met by federal officials and they will be required to explain in detail with forms that will be provided on flights forms that are also available on the web to ensure that these legal documents are completed upon arrival and that a plan has been put in place Donna there have
been inconsistent applications at different border crossings and in different provinces of these quarantine orders and of the self-isolation one of the things we learned is that there are no public health officers at land border crossings this despite the fact that publicly the government is saying when you cross the border if you say you have symptoms you will be referred to a public health officer but they are not there and the vast majority of people coming into Canada are coming through
those border crossings that's creating a lot of concern for frontline border officers who want to have someone who they can actually refer people to who are an expert in this Marcedes Health Canada apparently warned that that this tracking of returning travelers would be an issue what do we know about that that's right so in document says about a thousand pages of them that were tabled at the Health Committee there is advice from public health officials to the minister warning that they
didn't even have the resources to be able to track and enforce a quarantine order against people coming back from mainland China let alone around the world and we have that quote for you we can put it up there you can see that the federal health officials said that if this approach were to be extended to China it would be unsustainable given the volume of travellers Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about why they didn't put

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resources into Public Health if they were receiving
warnings that early about the difficulty tracking people this is what he had to say earlier today with hindsight I'm sure there are lots of things that we would have done differently could have done differently but I can tell you that every step of the way we took the advice of our medical professionals and our public health experts and Marcedes you've got some information about kovat 19 potentially being weaponized by terrorist groups and others what have we learned about that so Donna
as you know intelligence agencies are always trying to figure out every possible scenario so this isn't to suggest that there's an imminent attack or that is just around the corner but the RCMP has been forwarding a memo from the United States Department of Homeland Security who they got it from written up by railways in the u.s. warning that some violent extremist groups might try to exploit holes and security around hospitals and grocery stores where there's lineups of people at
this time terrorism experts are saying that the virus has disrupted terror groups as well as everyone else but they are nonetheless keeping a careful eye on this the RCMP says they're always tracking these kinds of threats to be careful with it and of course they're watching as well for frontline officers and military who some groups are trying to encourage people to cough in their faces as a way to spread this fortunately it's hard to know if you're infected with kovat 19 and if
you are it may not be well enough to go and do that Donna all right Mercedes Stevenson in Ottawa thanks well the restrictions that are shut down the economy are really starting to hit home now and today the criteria for the federal emergency wage subsidy program was relaxed to qualify businesses now only need to show a 15% decline in revenue in March instead of a 30% decline in overall revenue charities can choose whether to include government subsidies when calculating their loss of revenue and
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when it comes to students the government is going to cover 100 percent of wages for those hired under the Canada summer jobs program there are

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broad changes too but as Michael Couture reports there are still some gaps it doesn't feel very regal but this takeout window is the only way the King Eddy diner can stay in business owner Jonathan bonny isn't sure if he can use the government's wage subsidy program being able to project revenues that you know will allow for us to you
know make those forecasts and say like yeah I think we can you know hire back some some of our employees it does have some time since the program still needs parliamentary approval get moving a little less conversation a little

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action please evoking the image of Elvis conservatives are

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ing on the government to speed up the process the Prime Minister emerged from his own social shutdown Wednesday to chair a cabinet meeting on the agenda was the federal Kovan 19 modeling data and when
Parliament will reconvene to pass the wage subsidy bill which Justin Trudeau admits has some shortfalls what we've talked about over these past days is ways of filling those gaps and making sure that

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people who are in exceptional or different circumstances are able to access the help we need rushing a program of this size could mean a lack of checks and balances so the government is hoping to dissuade anyone anyone caught abusing the program could face penalties up to two hundred and
twenty five percent of what they've received and up to five years in prison significant penalties to protect a program that the Deputy Prime Minister says will allow the country's economy to quote come roaring back this is gonna maintain that essential connection between people and their jobs and it is gonna help businesses remain fully functional and intact to that end air canada announced its rehiring 16,000 previously laid off employees the airline CEO says the wage subsidy program
will help keep workers on board until the economy is ready to take off again Donna okay Mike ligature in Ottawa thank you we are getting a better sense of how many Canadians have been laid off work cannot work because of this pandemic since Monday

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than 1.7 million people have applied for the federal assistance program that Canada emergency response benefit and since March 15 the government says

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than 4.2 million people have either applied for the CRB or for employment insurance a number
of people including some accused of serious crimes are being released from correctional facilities in Canada which are at high risk of Kovach 19 outbreaks some judges have cited the

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risk in the close quarters of detention centers as a factor in their decisions to grant bail Canada's court system is shut down except for emergency cases right now and there will be a backlog when normal operations resume it's not clear when trials for some of the people being held in cats in
custody will begin you can read the full story by

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crowdsourcing the corona virus pandemic coming up a Canadian doctors

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-to-action in the UK new cases of Kovac 19 are beginning to decline but the death toll is out of control 938 people died in the last 24 hours British Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself is still not out of intensive care though as crystal commencing explains his condition is said to be improving the
world is waiting and watching the hope is that Boris Johnson will walk out of this London hospital but is not there yet the latest from the hospital is that the Prime Minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving I can also tell you that he has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team Johnson has now been in hospital in the ICU for two nights he was admitted Sunday evening at the time he said it was just precautionary he needed a few tests I
have a temperature the Prime Minister is not known to have any pre-existing conditions the 55 year old was diagnosed about two weeks ago he's one of

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than 60,000 who have been infected in the UK the news about the PM reminds us how indiscriminate this disease is nearly everyone will know someone who's been affected friends family neighbors colleagues kovat 19 has led to the deaths of

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than 7,000 people here an emergency meeting will take place Thursday to discuss the lockdown
with the PM still in the ICU his designate will be taking the lead crystal the Man Singh

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News London still ahead the Canadians using crowdsourcing to try to save lives without

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we won't know the true extent of kovat 19 infection now a Canadian doctor is hoping crowdsourcing might help Jeff simple explains there's growing evidence and concern that kovat 19 might be hiding in people with no or very mild symptoms I don't have any underlying health issues others like
Kyla Lee in Vancouver have symptoms but were never tested I was advised by the doctor that unless it gets to the point where I'm essentially breathing like this all the time not teeth then consider going to a hospital

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is severely lacking right we don't have a great handle what's happening community this Canadian professor at Harvard Medical School just launched this website kovat near you mapping confirmed and suspected cases by asking people to self-report what if we just
ask people how they're feeling could we get insights into what's X in ways that we can ever the website asks users in North America to type in their postal code and from there you can see reported cases of kovat 19 in your area as well as others who've tested negative or are showing symptoms consistent with the virus even healthy people are being asked to input their data which will then be used anonymously by researchers to track the spread getting the actual true sense and true
idea of how many cases are all around the country will give us a better idea of where this pandemic is headed another company is taking self reporting a step further starting next week any confirmed cases on Vancouver Island will be asked to share their recent contacts with this software all of those people will then automati

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y be sent this email or text message alert asking them if they've developed any symptoms of the virus and if so to list their contacts from the past couple of weeks
so it spreads naturally and kind of build out a tree all from patient zero to whether it's a dozen people they came into contact with or hundreds it's scales infinitely crowdsourcing the fight against kovat 19 your home your Netflix and chilling you maybe try to Cove it and chill a little bit be part of a public health surveillance system you know you it's a few seconds to actually you know really you know provide some data to support Canada its fight against coronavirus just simple

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experience this virus waits for no one and when it hits there is little time for doctors to do much other than try to save as many lives as possible dr. Joanne Lee you knows what it's like to be on the front lines of an emergency she spent five years as head of Doctors Without Borders now she's back working at a hospital in Montreal Mike Armstrong spoke with her doctor Joanne Leo says there were lessons learned
fighting Ebola outbreaks in Africa and one is that the margin for error fighting covered 19 is thin there's there's no forgiveness in pandemic there's just no forgiveness and most of the time that cost is life our Syrian colleagues are there for the duration dr. Leo headed up Doctors Without Borders for six years the organization has

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than 36,000 employees working in about 70 countries when her mandate wrapped up last year the plan was to write a book but now with her old
colleagues at Montreal's st. Just's in hospital battling kovat 19 she's put the writing on hold many of my colleague and many people in this sector they're scared and they're right to be scared you has been disappointed in the shortages of protective gear asking doctors and nurses and orderlies to do their jobs without the necessary PPE she says isn't fair it also sets the entire system up for failure if we don't want our health care system to follow knees knee over
the next few weeks we're going to need a health care workforce healthy not infected one of the procedures Liew suggests for hospitals is the use of spotters putting on and taking off PPE is dangerous and the person wearing it is often tired Doctors Without Borders has someone walking the worker through each step they of this do that but he was the way that we made sure that we're not getting infected after the immediate concerns leo is also worried about down the road what happens when
this winds down post-traumatic stress is going to be an issue and not only for health care workers everyone on the frontlines from grocery store clerks to bus drivers needs help I think this should be a hotline I think people should be able to debrief about their fear they should be able to have that kind of support 24/7 kovat 19 may attack the lungs but leo says governments have to worry about both body and mind Mike Armstrong

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for this Wednesday
I'm Donna freeze and we know faith sustains many of you especially in times of crisis Easter is this weekend and Passover begins tonight and the message to everyone everywhere is revise your rituals avoid large gatherings even Jerusalem is under lockdown tonight thanks for watching take care of yourselves bye-bye