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Global National: Feb. 26, 2020 | Coronavirus concerns growing as countries assess preparedness

Global National: Feb. 26, 2020 | Coronavirus concerns growing as countries assess preparedness
on this Wednesday night the world prepares as the kovat 19 virus spreads I think there's pretty good agreement that we are heading towards a pandemic how ready is Canada how ill-prepared is the US and the confusion for travelers Plus what do the warnings this could disrupt our lives really mean I'll speak with an infectious disease specialist tempers flare in Tyendinaga fired up protesters find new ways to try to disrupt rail service why they weren't arrested what climate change will mean for Alberta a new report on how the province needs to adapt

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with Donna freezin good evening and thanks for joining us we begin with what could be a tipping point in the spread of kovat 19 the World Health Organization now says there are more new cases of the corona virus outside China than inside that country there are cases in every continent except Antarctica now with attention shifting from Asia to Europe

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there are struggling to come up with a unified response and with so many unknowns there's confusion about whether to travel and what to avoid here's what we know about where the virus is spreading outside Asia right now the biggest outbreaks are in Italy and Iran and from there the infection is spreading kind of like a web across the world people who had been in Italy are now linked to cases in Algeria Austria Croatia Germany Greece Spain Switzerland and Brazil and people who had been in Iran are being linked to new cases in Bahrain Iraq...
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Kuwait and Oman Canada has recorded a second case in someone who traveled from Iran and it's the 12th confirmed case here at least 46

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and territories have detected the virus and dozens of passengers who were let off the diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have now developed symptoms and a fourth person has died now another cruise ship is run into trouble as well 6100 people are on board the Mara Vilia it's been turned away from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands because a crew member has flu-like symptoms and is now in isolation on board the cruise ship company says it's just a case of the flu the ship is on route to its next port of call in Cozumel Mexico and in Italy more than 400 people have tested positive for the virus that's the biggest outbreak outside Asia crystal gyum ancing has our top story tonight chemists in Milan are mixing up batches of hand sanitizer customers concerned about the new

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bought up all of the available stock Italy is the center of a European outbreak red zones in the north are being patrolled by members of the military and police anyone trying to sneak in or out could be jailed for three months the Saskatchewan woman is stuck in Milan waiting were suspended for following week so this week and that's basically all we've heard so far Iran is another location of particular concern it's believed there are far more Cova 19 cases there than Iranian officials are reporting a special investigative team from...
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the World Health Organization will arrive there this weekend similar teams were deployed to China and one is working in Italy we take the virus and the situation very seriously at the same time we should also remember that four out of five patients have mild symptoms and recover the fact that kovat 19 can be mild in some could be obscuring the true number of infected individuals dr. Michael Gartin says it's likely there are many more people out there with the virus we have not stopped anything and I think that you know the academics the people like me who are out there looking at the epidemiology I think there's pretty good agreement that we are heading towards a pandemic slowing this spread is critical but responses are different in each country in London for example the energy company Chevron told people to work from home until test results come back for a worker with flu-like symptoms the UK has 13 cases South Korea has more than 1000 cases but buses are still rolling after being disinfected in uneasy times this driver says it gives them a bit of comfort crystal commencing

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News London preparing for a virus that's new to humans and that experts still don't fully understand isn't simple Canada does have a plan on how to handle pandemics tonight Michael Couture takes a look at the mechanisms that are in place to tackle an outbreak Mike well Donna as kovat 19 has evolved into a wider

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outbreak so too has the federal government's approach to...
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it well the Health Minister says the current risk in Canada is low Patti hi do is acknowledging that could change

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ly there's a higher likelihood that will see an outbreak in Canada haidu doesn't want Canadians to panic but she says it could be prudent for people to be prepared just in case it's really about first of all making sure that you do have enough supplies if someone in your family becomes ill if you yourself become ill that you have what you need to survive you know for a week or so without having without going out haidu says Canada's

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microbiology lab in Winnipeg has a more robust test for the corona virus than us so in some ways were better prepared for a possible outbreak and she added there's a federally coordinated pandemic plan that's been in place since 2009 there are a lot of similarities to how we would manage this compared to h1n1 dr. Suzie Hoda says some of the lessons learned from that outbreak and SARS were to ensure proper screening and proper protection for healthcare workers then there's the plan for people in the community from things as simple as frequent hand-washing to a more extreme step of suggesting people avoid mass gatherings sometimes schools and other areas where people are congregating quite a bit can get closed so we modify the way that we interact with each other so we reduce that risk of people exposing each other Canada isn't there yet into further calm fears Ontario's chief medical...
officer says we have a distinct advantage compared to past outbreaks we know the organism we have a lab test and forcing for us we have the experience what China has worked through and we have our epidemiologists and our experts informing us what they learned what they know what we do with this virus doctors say sharing information inter

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pandemic adding 10 years ago that level of coordination and collaboration didn't exist Donna okay Mike look at ER in Ottawa Thanks in the US president Trump just addressed the American response to the virus he's blamed the media for making it look as bad as possible today he said he doesn't think the spread of the virus is inevitable even though that's what officials from the American Centers for Disease Control said yesterday there are 60 confirmed cases in the u.s. now that number is likely higher though because few people have tested and many test kits were found to be faulty Jackson Prosecco has been listening to the president Jackson what's his message well Donna the president spent most of his press conference repeatedly downplaying the threat of

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suggesting it's very much the same as the flu even though it's mortality rate is much much higher Trump in fact expressed his own shock at learning about the mortality rate of the regular flu he bragged that the u.s. is better prepared than any country he said all cases of

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in the US will still be gone that...
does not jive with what his own experts have been saying in recent days they've proclaimed that it's practically inevitable that

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will arrive in larger scale and community transmission here in the US in the near future he also said that a vaccine will be here soon his own experts have said it's a year to 18 months away bottom line Donna he's taking issue with the idea that spread here is inevitable take a listen to what he said a short time ago well I don't think it's inevitable I probably will it possibly will it could be at a very small level or could be at a larger level what whatever happens we're totally prepared we have the best people in the world Jackson the president sounding very optimistic not many people in the US though have been tested I think it's about 500 that compares to tens of thousands of people in

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like South Korea and the seamy CDC has admitted that some of its test kits are faulty what's going on yeah there's a real concern here that no one has a full picture of the spread of the virus here in the US or whether community transmission is already taking place because of those limits and testing capacity as you mentioned faulty kits they've been very narrowly distributed to only four or five sites the situation's so dire for some health authorities that in Hawaii they've asked to send their samples to Japan for verification Donna the president has appointed his vice president Mike...
Pence to oversee all these efforts but suggested that there's no need to ramp up testing capacity right now all right Jackson Prosecco in Washington thank you there's a development tonight in the rail blockades in this country the wid so it and hereditary Chiefs say some progress is being made about the RCMP presence on their territory in northern BC protests though and blockades keep happening elsewhere today one reached a potentially dangerous new level a fire was lit along the tracks and Tyendinaga Mohawk territory that's not far from the scene of a major police operation earlier this week the flaming debris eventually forced that train to stop temporarily the Federal Transport Minister calls what happened extremely reckless David akin reports a CN Rail Engineer sounds his horn time and time again but protesters remain on the track and then at the last moment these self-described Mohawk warriors scurry for safety some pick up rocks to hurl at the passing train this dramatic video was filmed by one of the protesters and streamed live on the group's Facebook site now though Ontario Provincial Police dismantled a separate barricade at Tyendinaga on Monday these protesters are at a new site two kilometres away and when C and Rail put its first trains through here in nearly three weeks some protesters threw burning debris on the tracks to try to stop it this was an extremely reckless act and something that not only put in endanger the life of people who were...
actually lighting this fire under a moving train but also could have been very dangerous for many other people then later in the day at another rail crossing nine kilometers west a car is driven onto the tracks and set on fire but the Tyendinaga protesters say they will not stand down until the RCMP leave what so it in territory in northern BC and further east in the Quebec Mohawk community of Ghana a more blockades also in support of the wood so it the the Kenyan government has to come to an agreement with they were soon to chiefs that's what it's all about and and that's what a pressure should be meanwhile Quebec Premier France while ago suggested Wednesday that the gonna walk eight protesters were armed with ak-47 assault rifles Legault offered no proof though and Mohawk leaders accused Legault of inflaming tensions there's no armaments there's no arms or anything like that you know but it's clear that tension continues to build at many of these flash points across the country and that tension may not begin to recede until it what so it and hereditary Chiefs resolve their differences with the RCMP Donna okay David akin in Ottawa Thanks so there was some optimism earlier today from those hereditary chiefs about the presence of the RCMP and there were more talks today but late today it seemed to fall apart the chief said only partial concessions have been made by the federal and provincial governments they want the RCMP and coastal gas link off their...
territory but she claim both governments have now pulled out of talks with cabinet ministers that it was thought might happen tomorrow

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Sarah MacDonald is in northern BC and explains a holiday played out signs of optimism and dialogue Wednesday in northern BC as with so it a nation's hereditary Chiefs returned to the table for another day of talks their willingness federally to come here is there and our hope is that today will be the table we can move forward that this week have involved former longtime member of parliament nathan cullen acting as an intermediary between all sides involved in a standoff over pipeline politics arrests on indigenous lands only adding fuel to the fire of a

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crisis that's quickly veering off the rails the injunction says that we were trespassing on cien property as far as we're concerned CN is trespassing in our territory this chief of gits and nation a longtime neighbor and Ally of the wits so attend one of those detained on Monday as RCMP moved in to clear a blockade erected in solidarity with his hereditary counterparts the coton nation couldn't very well stand by and let them take all the heavy lifting but a large faction of what's so it in people like bonnie george are banking on the benefits promised by that lucrative proposed natural gas pipeline and on constructive dialogue the ones that are protesting across canada and downtown vancouver they have jobs to go back to and our people don't have jobs...
many here welcome the economic opportunity offered by the multi-billion dollar project given the greenlight by bad councils and backed by the provincial and federal governments we feel like we're being bullied by people who supposed to be our leaders but not the traditional leaders who maintain their conditions must be met first before any talks with Ottawa as all eyes remain on with Soda nation and that's a

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Sarah MacDonald reporting from northern BC late today word no further talks are planned so it looks like it is back to square one coming up what climate change could mean for Alberta a new report on the impact on that province is a con infrastructure and health a new report on the impact of climate change on Alberta has just been released with no fanfare it's written by a world-renowned climate scientists but commissioned by the previous NDP government it warns climate change will have a profound impact on infrastructure economy and public health in alberta heather Eurex west explains in the past decade Alberta has experienced the devastating power of extreme weather at time and again from the 2013 flooding in High River and Calgary to the 2016 fires that burned much of Fort McMurray to the ground climate scientists warned that as

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temperatures increase these kinds of events will only become more intense in a warming world wired wildfires which always happen naturally are burning greater area floods which always happen naturally are much more...
intense with a lot more rainfall associated with them Katharine Hayhoe is the climate scientist behind a new report into Alberta's climate future among the report's findings a rapid increase in the number of days above 30 degrees Celsius winter warming trends twice the

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average dryer soil conditions particularly in the southern part of the province and more rain during the winter months it also warns Alberta's projected climate changes will profoundly impact its natural environment potentially affecting the provinces agriculture infrastructure and natural resources as well as the health and welfare of its inhabitants the report was commissioned by Alberta's previous Environment Minister I think what we need in Alberta and across the country really is a better

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ment of what is to come so that we can properly make investments for climate adaptation the final report was delivered to the United Conservative Party government in August but was not released until earlier this week despite two separate Freedom of Information requests made by

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news and the Alberta Federation of Labor someone also backdated the report to make it appear as though it was posted in September burying it behind months of more recently released reports on the provincial website it's clear to us that the Kenney government has made a concerted effort to bury this report and I say that because of the all the hoops that we had to jump through in order to get our hands on it...
but the UCP denies any effort was made to vary the report pointing out it's now available for the public to see online Heather your ex west

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news Calgary ahead just call me Harry why the sixth in line to the throne is back in the UK Peter Nygaard the Winnipeg born man who built an inter

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fashion company has stepped down as CEO after sexual assault allegations emerged the announcement was made hours after the FBI and New York City police raided his Manhattan headquarters Nygaard is under criminal investigation for sex trafficking at least ten women filed a civil suit against him accusing him of sexual abuse at his estate in the Bahamas Prince Harry is back in the UK and he made a special request on his final round of engagements before he steps down as a senior royal and he's made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry just Harry he was in Edinburgh launching an eco-friendly travel firm the Duke of Sussex asked the host to ask delegates to drop his royal title Prince Harry or Harry as he wants to be called will wave goodbye to was royal duties officially in less than five weeks preparing for a pandemic next why one expert says it's too late to contain the spread of Kovan 19 welcome back we're going to go back to the new

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now what to make of its spread and how it could disrupt your life joining me from Toronto General Hospital is dr. Isaac bogus she's an epidemiologist and a specialist in infectious disease dr. bull gosh...
first let's deal with travel lots of people have trips booked to Asia and Europe and Iran it's hard to know whether to go or to cancel what would you tell your family I think it's extremely important for people to remain up-to-date on what the current travel advisories are and what the current travel warnings are certainly we know Canada has very publicly made this very widely available on their websites certainly with the travel advisories but I think it's important that people look at their destination

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as well and any points of contact along the way toward their destination the other challenging feature here is that these might change with time so it's important that people stay up-to-date on what these travel advisories are so washing your hands coughing into your elbow is great advice of course but the way this seems to be spreading is it is there really a fail-safe way to protect yourself no I mean there's just things that we can do to reduce our chances of getting this infection and I know during influenza season we have these recommendations and and and these recommendations still set stand for the köppen 19 infection we also just have to remember that Cova 19 is a respiratory infection as well so you know impeccable hand hygiene is crucial coughing and sneezing into your arm rather than into the air around your into your hands is also important and of course if people are sick stay home so you don't infect anyone else at work or...
at school yeah staying home probably the best advice we know that most people who get this virus do survive and it's important to keep saying that but we've been told to prepare for this to disrupt our lives what do you think that means in practical terms for most people well it's it's not yet clear what the impact of this will be in Canada certainly we know that there's going to be more cases either imported cases from other parts of the world and even the potential for locally acquired cases as well of course as you point out most people that get this infection are probably gonna do just fine and have a mild course of infection but yeah some people are gonna get pretty sick so I think it's just important to be aware that over the next few weeks to months we'll likely to we're likely to see more and more cases of this and to be prepared I mean if people have chronic medical conditions now is the time to go to your primary care provider or specialist and ensure that you're up-to-date on all your prescriptions up-to-date on your vaccinations up-to-date on ensuring that your health is optimized before we start to see more of these cases here in Canada quick final question based on what you know so far do you think this virus can be contained no I don't think it can be contained certainly the massive Public Health Initiatives in China slowed the spread of this virus down and it really bought the world a few weeks to maybe a few months to...
to prepare for this hopefully governments and healthcare systems really use that time wisely and scaled up capacity at at the laboratory level and at the clinical level to prepare for the inevitable imported cases that they're going to be seeing over the next few weeks to months to come all right dr. Isaac BOE gosh in Toronto thanks and that is

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for this Wednesday I'm Donna Frieden it's pink shirt day and in honor of that we leave you with this a show of support for the anti-bullying campaign drew crowds and smiles in downtown Vancouver today the theme of pink shirt they this year is to lift each other up give it a try and thanks for watching bye bye