okay good morning Bonjour hi max it was that / 100 Chablis this week is Mental Health Week I know the past weeks have been difficult for everyone let's remember to take care of ourselves and of each other let's remember that it's okay to ask for help and to feel sad and frustrated and alone we are all in this together and while we do need to practice physical distancing we don't have to suffer alone there is help out there for all of us I truly can again just say cassette in tow ready see oh no no of the lesser men de la santé montage coupler hopalong new kill for pompous swan this one new comp day monday do let a could say correct justice on tear twist looser news allah also tear some perks on new therefore you don't little more so today we are going to hear from Canada's chief Public Health Officer dr.
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Kemp please good afternoon bonjour to theorists i will start with the latest numbers and go with 19 in canada there are now 59 thousand eight hundred and forty four confirmed cases including three thousand seven hundred and sixty six deaths to date labs across canada have tested over nine hundred and nineteen thousand people for covert nineteen we're just over a six point five percent of these testing positive we are at the start of a new week as as we are inch closer to social and economic reopening most of us will be feeling the full gamut of emotions from excited anticipation to nervous apprehension all these feelings are warranted given the uncertainties that lay ahead so there are continued signs our efforts have slowed the growth of Cobra 19 overall in Canada in some places the epidemic has been brought under good control and the time is right for cautious reopening other areas the country may not be quite there yet but we'll follow guided by the careful assessment of public health authorities during these many weeks Public Health tools have helped us to tackle covert 19 spread buying US time to protect and bolster our health care capacity ramped up research and increased capacity for testing and tracing going forward adapting these tools will be a big part of managing kovat 19 for the months ahead no matter where we live living with covet 19 is something we all need to reconcile with this means physical distancing hand hygiene and cough etiquette must continue everywhere and although we'll be getting out of our homes more and more it will be vitally important but at the slightest sign of symptoms we stay home to save lives working while sick can no longer be a thing as we move through the weeks ahead let's not forget we are all in this together and we'll we'll work our way through it with good science strong evidence careful steps and the shared goal to succeed despite the hardships together we can do hard things today is May the force so may the force be with us color force wha and they can do thank you thank you dr.
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7 million workers are being helped through the emergency wage subsidies and finally to help support our small businesses in this very difficult time through the Canada emergency business account 518 thousand business have applied and have received a positive response following their applications for the emergency business account helping them go through the crisis in order that when the crisis is over we can still rely on the great level of leadership and ability of our small businesses to grow again the economy Thank You Christa malsu's Yanni's I own a metal pipe onfocus gr and obviously our Minister of Health and Heidi is here to answer questions as well Thank You Deputy Prime Minister as usual we'll start on the phone with three questions before we turn to the room one question won't follow up operator Thank You Missy if you have a question please press star 1 on your telephone keypad we have a question from Laura Osmond from the Canadian Press please go ahead to line and open good morning ministers for anyone who'd be able to answer the Chinese embassy says the million mast from China that the public health agency said couldn't be distributed last week we're held up by a contractual dispute and it's been resolved are you able to elaborate it on all at all on what happened and what the status of those masks is now I am we'll have to get details back to you I'm sorry we don't have that technical information right now Laura Deputy Prime Minister Freeland I was wondering if I could ask you more political question I'm wondering to what extent you're concerned about the rhetoric coming from your policy rivals the Conservatives and their refusal to express their confidence in the nation's top doctors well first of all let me be clear about one thing which is that to ever impune the loyalty to Canada of a Canadian based on their racial or ethnic background or whether they were born in this country or immigrated here is completely unacceptable a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian and I am so confident that the overwhelming majority of Canadians understand and believe that when it comes to the public health officers in Ottawa and across the country I think Canada has been very well served by the dedication and the expertise and the collaboration of our public health officers across the country and I think political leaders across the country have been really uniform in spending a lot of time with our public health officers really working hard to understand their advice and to listen to their advice and I think that has served Canada and Canadians very well Thank You Deputy Prime Minister operator next question please thank you the person just you know in my dream but the laprise Canadian no need to move a muscle a machine you put the Moose if you needed any so for any better no Sam I said well they said we were 20 young the fishing surely these points is poor ask us about kenapa akka treaty to treat them all as casaya tdo3 you know I'm constantly on 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Tam you talked a lot about the need for Canada to ramp up testing to sixty thousand a day and I'm wondering when you think that Canada can get to that point and what until then what needs to be done to get there so yes so I think this increased testing as you've seen day over day so I think the common goal is to increase that sixty thousand is just the the capacity target for the provinces and territories based on the existing public health laboratory capacity but we're investigating any other Avenue for increasing lab testing including a point of care and also the role of serologic testing when they do come on board I think it's not a magic number that is a capacity number you do have to test the right people the right place at the right time according to the epidemiology of the provinces so they have to adapt their testing strategy based on what they're seeing is very different from a jurisdiction that have no cases and no community transmission but there's increased testing of course being ramped up for example in Quebec particularly in communities where there's been more reporting of cases so I know that chief medical officers and provincial public health authorities cease with the need to use testing to inform the next stage so I think we would expect to provide as much support as we can from the federal level to enable that to happen so but everyday as I think miss Hardy will attest we're constantly monitoring every bit of the supply chain and every day there may be something that we need to tackle together so that's just a sort of daily reality of the supply issue but we're also tackling supplies from a domestic manufacturing ramped up as well so I think a lot of those trajectories means that we can absolutely be increasing testing in Canada yeah for the Deputy Prime Minister I'm wondering kind of what what is the next stage of Canada's engagement with the US on the Cova 19 response just given looking at the large caseload in the US and the differences between the states on what some are doing in terms of providing physical distancing versus moving to reopen economies and the the impact that could have on Canada as we further along and get further away from the immediate public health response do you have any thoughts about what might need to change in terms of Canada's collaboration or interactions with the US on on Kovan um so let me just start by commenting a little bit on the premise of the question the idea that there would be a next stage the reality is that the Canadian relationship with the United States is so close and there is a connection and an interdependence on so many levels that this is a relationship that we are working on literally every day even every hour and not only at the federal level the Premier's are very engaged particularly in working with the governors of their border states mayors are involved business peoples are involved so it's something that is happening every single day every single hour and that is exactly as it ought to be and it's a relationship when it comes to coronavirus that has a lot of different aspects to it there is obviously the border relationship and I think that that is working out today very well for both countries we have told Canadians we've asked Canadians to stay at home and it's been very neighborly to offer that same approach when it comes to our American neighbors at the same time essential travel is still happening and that is happening really effectively and that is so important for things like being sure that we have groceries in our grocery stores we also have been working really effectively when it comes to the medical equipment supply chain so this is an ongoing relationship it is something that is a priority for any Canadian government very much including this one and it's going to develop as the situation with the corona virus and on many other issues develops I'm nervous premier municipal now turn to the room starting with julia van dusen from CDC Julie Van Deusen CBC I think it's for Teresa Tam or for patty high do so president Trump says he believes that Cova 19 is the result of a horrible mistake in China that he and Mike Pompeo have evidence that it originated in wuhan lab what's the government's view where did it where did it come from how did it start well I'll start and I'll turn to dr.
Tam as she's been actively involved in monitoring the illness since first 1st May disappearance back in December there will be time obviously and a lot of interest and importance to understand how this virus became prevalent in the human species and I think those questions are being asked rightfully so certainly the research and scientists community is all over it and trying to understand where the virus originated from and how its evolved and mutated since it's been present in humans but for me as the Minister of Health and certainly as the Government of Canada although those questions are important because they will help us prevent future outbreaks and understand what we can learn from this particular virus what's even more important right now is to stay focused on Canadians health and helping Canadians get through the the outbreak that were in now how we flatten the curve together and how we protect and strengthen the health and social fabric of our communities and so that's the work that I remain focused on dr.
Tam did you have anything further to add about your work oh I don't think we've seen any specific information to say that this is a laboratory accident or release but I at the same time we don't know the exact origins of this virus of course the hypothesis is it comes from a reservoir like bats it's very likely to have involved another animal somewhere in between the zoonotic or animal to human transmission so that question hasn't actually been answered fully as yet so I think there's a lot of work including genetic analysis and war collection of animal and other data there is a international constructs with Hawaii whu-oh and and and others just to try and get to the bottom of the sort of where that zoonotic transmission occurs so I think the natural history of the evolution of this virus will you know may be found in the upcoming months but sometimes you actually might not find that until many months later the SARS virus was the same thing yet is to trace back I do a lot of sort of analysis in order to come up with a hypothesis so I'm not sure that this is something that will be you know immediately obvious but work is continuing on up front okay so I didn't hear the words wet market so it seems that it's not 100% clear where it came from and on a similar kind of vein it wasn't so long ago and I guess the question is either for Teresa Tam or peti I do it wasn't so long ago that the government said temperature taking was not reliable there was no reason to take people's temperatures when they came into the country that was maybe a couple of months ago now er Canada you won't be able to get on a plane unless you have your temperature taken you're wearing a mask so I guess I'm wondering um do you regret being so definitive or is it just really hard to get your footing when it comes to this virus well it's a novel virus undergoes a lot of evolution in terms of knowledge but the more you actually understand this virus the more you begin to know that temperature taking is not effective at all you know in terms of people coming across even if you're infected we know that the likelihood of picking up someone who's cinematic is sort of relatively inefficient and so temperature screening alone is not going to add to that and if we had a significant number of a cinematic or pre-symptomatic people that also even reduces even the effectiveness even more I think the most important aspect our current response is ensure that incoming travelers undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine so that within those 14 days if you had a temperature if you had any other symptoms you can be safely managed and that you reduce spread to the rest of the population so that is really the fundamental aspect of our border health response right now thank you dr.
chase I Steven chase Globe and Mail my question is for the deputy prime minister in 2017 your government famously said that – you would welcome people from around the world refugees were fleeing persecution and other dangers as we reported today 46 Hong Kong residents Hong Kong residents who took part many of whom took part in the massive demonstrations that began there last year have now submitted claims for asylum in Canada they're citing harassment by police and police brutality and they're citing fears of unjust process Oshin Canada has a large and and lengthy history of cantonese immigration to canada and i wanted to ask you is there a place for these protesters in canada well thank you for your question steve and on specific asylum claims that's an issue that needs to be adjudicated very carefully and very thoughtfully certainly not via press conference but let me say about the hong kong canadians that you're quite right that canada has benefited hugely from the immigration of people from hong kong to canada they contribute tremendously to our society and i think all of us are very very glad that so many people from hong kong have chosen to make their home in their lives here just to follow a question i think one of the issues that's going to be debated more and more over the next few months and years and I don't think these 46 are certainly the end of this is does Hong Kong's political and legal system give rise to the possibility of ceará of a serious possibility of persecution what are your thoughts on that look when it comes to Hong Kong Canada's position is clear and a very long standing we have supported consistently the one country two systems policy I made a number of statements about that as foreign minister and Francois Philippe champagne our foreign minister has continued to be clear about that and because of the large number of Canadians who live in Hong Kong Canada does have a particular interest in the situation there Thank You Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Kevin Gallagher with CTV News this is directed at the Deputy Prime Minister but feel free to answer because it does have some other implications for the Health Minister perhaps dr.
Tam there was a to more cellphone towers in Quebec that were burnt down there's one on Friday there's concern that it links back to a conspiracy theory that the corona virus is spread through 5g networks the question though is how has misinformation that we have seen throughout this pandemic hindered or presented a challenge to get out effective public health information to to people about this outbreak will all starts and then my colleagues may want to chip in as well the incident to which you refer is of course regrettable and there have been similar incidents in other countries to of course misinformation is especially dangerous at a time like this when all of us are concerned quite rightly and when all of us are being asked to radically change our behaviors and radically change the way our daily lives operate so it's a time of both heightened anxiety and tremendous change and so disinformation can have a particularly pernicious effect we as a government are working very hard to push back against that disinformation I think that's why all of us are here right now and I would like to really also recognize the very important role the provinces and public health officials in the provinces are playing in that effort and I do also want to say I think Canadians have been great Canadians are really smart Canadians are really well-informed and while inevitably they're going to be individual moments where people fall prey to disinformation by and large I think as a country people are making really smart decisions and those smart decisions those smart well-informed decisions are saving lives I don't know patty Theresa do you want to add anything quickly say that I think it's quite normal during a period of such uncertainty and anxiety to look for answers I think people want to know I keep saying this the question I hear in many different guises is when will all this be over you know how did this happen and when will all this be over and I think they're questions that you know are top of mind for Canadians as they're stuck at home as their livelihoods have changed as they're so many mothers that I know parenting and trying to work at the same time fathers too you know the the situation has changed tremendously for people and that uncertainty drives I think a quest for knowledge or a quest for understanding you know how did we get here and how do we get out and that's why we've tried so diligently not just through press conferences but things like making sure we have the Canada Cova 19 app that we disseminate information through the website that we provide transparent information that when we don't know we say we don't know and when we you know when we have new information we present it quickly to the public there is a whole field of communications called risk communications certainly experts know that it's really important that you are available for example that you tell the truth and that when you don't know the answer you say you don't know the answer and so we certainly try to continue to follow those principles so that Canadians can have confidence in our government but also have confidence in in what we keep saying which is that we will get through this together as a country just to follow up and with provinces opening up businesses or loosening restrictions there are concerns that as people start to get back to what would be more of a regular routine that some of the new habits that have been picked up physical distancing for example may become eroded as time goes on so what are the main points that Canadians who are living in provinces that are starting to loosen restrictions need to keep in mind to keep themselves safe and to ensure the the spread of the virus is as low as possible well I think the first thing Canadians need to remember is it's not over it is a cautious reopening in certain provinces in certain sectors but that the new normal will have to include new ways of living new ways of working that will protect us in this unique and difficult time if we as we know as we suspect ice I would a large portion of Canadians haven't been exposed to Kovan 19 which means that we don't have widespread immunity across the country and we've done a really good job as Canadians holding the line flattening the curve reducing that transmission rate but the continuation of that depends on us being extremely careful in these with these new with these new I guess permissions from public health that we can proceed to go back to work in certain settings that we can proceed to go back to school in certain settings but that we will have to follow the advice and guidance of public health nonetheless and I think for governments what that means is we'll need to repeat and provide that information in a variety of different ways you'll probably see a lot more Government of Canada and provincial and territorial advertising about the importance to continue to wash your hands and sustain meters apart and to cover your coughs appropriately and your cough into your sleeve and and to most essentially not go to work or go to school if you're sick and I think those messages you hear dr.
Tam repeat every day they often are not I think what people want to hear they want the magic solution but the magic solution really is all of us continuing these practices that we've adopted and become somewhat used to over the last several months dr.
Tam did you want to add anything yeah it's gonna be difficult but I think keep on sustaining our message is about continuing the the new things that you've learned I think in the last few months about personal hygienic practices definitely staying home we are sick and the practicing physical distancing but it I think the public does have to be supported to do so as well so for businesses we know that we're the province and territory is asking for very specific plans in terms of how do you re start certain say non-essential businesses safely so that the customers are also nudged into doing the right thing like you know how you paste the number of people in your store or how do you set things up so that people reduce the risk of transmission hi hand hygiene stations you know in different places you've seen I think will continue and needs to continue and but I think a lot of the creativity and the innovation that has actually occurred in the last several months I think really needs to be catalyzed some of the teleworking telemedicine and you know being able to access services in different ways well I hope continue you need to build on the momentum of those innovations in order to help people adjust to this living with the virus so so we will you'll hear us in a very boring way we feeding those messages again and again employers of course need to be able to support and governments in helping people to stay home when they're sick that is not an easy thing to do that's probably the most difficult habit to sever and but people have to be able to do it with the support of their workplace or their schools or the environment that they are working on and then of course we know about the issues that characterize this epidemic which consists of supporting those most vulnerable and interests settings and those must also continue as well but I think Canadians have so far been great and that we you know with with more reinforcement they'll be able to continue to adjust and adapt and I think it's just adapting and adjusting in a very slow way and cautious ways how public health isn't visit and visiting things the other thing is the balance of physical or mental health and all the other dimensions as well so that there are some habits that we may have had which was good for us and we diminished them I certainly know I exercise less but you know so the reuniting some of those preventive measures I think is very important merci docteur have another tonio telephone port orchestra Parata thank you that person gets no aid immediately home dollar Jones in Korea making a parody table we bozo MOOC yet the connectional vaccine either Nutella and collect the funky gelasio Georgie your comment becoming my winos editions Buddha predictions accent yes a painting keep on yeah what access around don't mention Catalonia access for coming that why I sent no come on buddy Germany Shivaratri alchemy maxi-pad occasions to see dr.
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new pointed out we work together with countries so that the research is pooled and there's a collective I suppose shared ownership if you will of the findings of the research and the discovery of potential vaccine candidates but also we're funding a number of Canadian companies who are doing research on vaccine like epsilon which was part of the conversation or the announcement today but looking at others as well as candidates for people that will not only be able to find the vaccine but then produced the vaccine with their partners across the country and all of that work is very important it is almost like a race but a race where you want everyone to be able to cross the finish line at once and so we know here in Canada that as long as kovat is raging out of control in another country Canadians will not be safe and that's why the spirit of collaboration that dr.
new spoke about is so important because yes of course every country wants to find a vaccine and vaccinate their citizens but there will always be risk to every population if we don't consider the world health and the global health and that's why I think it's so exciting to be part of an international effort as well as the domestic support for companies and and researchers that are that are working so hard here in Canada Thank You Minister operator next question Thank You misty the next question is from Jessica Murphy from BBC please go ahead yes hi thank you I'm just wondering what you can tell me on a federal level what's been done in terms of emergency preparedness obviously we're already in flood season as we saw with Fort Mac but also you know we're coming up on wildfire hurricane season so what's being done amid this pandemic at the federal level for that preparedness that's a great question Jessica and it is something we are very very focused on every spring the Minister of Public Safety and emergencies puts together a plan working with the Minister of Defense to respond to potential floods and forest fires this year was no exception and in fact this year those preparations have had the added element of a very deep appreciation that coronavirus would add a level of complexity to the response for example when it comes to being really thoughtful about places where people who may need to leave a place where there is flooding or a place where there is a forest fire having places where they can go obviously this period of physical distancing means that we have to be particularly thoughtful about making provision for those kinds of things but we are you know we are very aware that flood season and then forest fire season is upon us and have been working very hard in collaboration with the provinces to be ready I yes thank you I do have a quick follow-up I know in the US for example FEMA is looking at the complexities for example of getting people out of hospitals during this time and getting people out of long care long-term care facilities and that kind of thing I wonder if there's anything specific that's being looked at in Canada in a similar way any of the challenges or any any things we looked at on that sure of course I mean the issue of what you do with housing people who may need to leave areas of flooding or forest fires is a really really important one and so of course is the issue of taking care of and moving people who are particularly vulnerable so for sure that's part of the planning Thank You Deputy Prime Minister operator next questions is thank you the next question is from Mary Vestal the Hualapai auditable we wanna make a stop or madam Freeland impassiveness later Judaism the SodaStream attack it was a V&O sieve and Reggie Mohamed Nasheed our melon a survey Pasha see a lousy Mexico – example monopoly domestic tourism – in exhaustion Pavelec a minute dr.
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Tam so what are your thoughts on problems so some some are doing really great some are still struggling with it with the virus so what are your thoughts about the provinces reopening the ones that are having a harder time while the virus is still spreading around so I think with chief medical officers with established certain criteria but they have to be applied within the context of the local epidemiology and what's going on it's quite a complex decision as you can imagine balancing of course the fact that you need to have these cases under control your ICU has got to be at good capacity but also that you have testing and contact tracing capacity in place so it's quite complicated and every areas gonna be different even within the single province you may have different situations so that's the level of flexibility that is required because what we don't want is to continually sort of close everything well you know in that particular location it may be safe to do so so I think that that is actually important because there are actual potential negative consequences of course whether it be mental health or other issues and I think my colleagues are very seized with that aspect as well because if if you don't return certain activities to a you know sort of living with Kelvin normal now then the consequences are quite could be quite severe some of the key areas of initial reopening that they they are considering of course is the non urgent medical care people getting outside because transmission outdoors is less of a risk but you try to maintain that 2 meter distance so these are the kind of decisions that they're going through but again what I know for sure is everybody's gonna be cautious about this so slowly carefully see what happens and then do the next step I think is a characteristic of all of the plans okay but what if once once we reopen up and people become impatient with the kovat measures because now they're free you and and they want to just return to normal and they throw those measures out the window what happens then is to say the the province is going to be very careful they have quite powerful local public health laws and we you know guidance and what they expect businesses schools workplaces to do the moment they think something isn't going right they're going to be readjusting you know you're dialing up or down some of these measures and so depending on how your population is adjusting they're gonna have to flexibly look at what do we need to tighten things up again mamie be looking at the cases and the epidemiology for sure so and I do know that every community and its makeup might be quite different so a very big city like Toronto might be quite different from a very small jurisdiction but I think that at the local level they'll be watching very carefully they can reinstate certain measures for sure if the things are not going well thank you dr.
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