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    Federal ministers and health officials provide COVID-19 update – March 22, 2020

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    QUESTIONNAIRE THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE TO DETERMINE AND DO THE SITUATION AND DO WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND IF YOU DO NOT FEEL WELL, THEN DO USE IT

    [ End of translation ] >> WE ARE ALSO WORKING ON MAKING MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS AVAILABLE ONLINE AND THERE WILL BE NEW TOOLS UP AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK OUR MENTAL HEALTH IS NORMAL TO MAINTAIN WITH THE DISRUPTIONS THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING IN OUR LIVES AND WE LOOK TO HOLD ON TO ROUTINE AND TO ONE ANOTHER, IF YOU ARE ALONE REACH OUT ON THE PHONE OR BY ONLINE TO FRIENDS, FAMILY AND FIND NEW WAYS TO DO THINGS TOGETHER INCLUDING TECHNOLOGY AND SHARE A MEAL WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY, APART FROM YOU USING A SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM THAT ALLOWS YOU TO SEE ONE ANOTHER AND TRY TO SPEND TIME OUTDOORS EACH DAY SOCIAL DISTANCING DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE HAVE TO STAY INSIDE BUT WHILE YOU ARE DOING THAT GIVE PEOPLE THEIR SPACE, STAY SIX FEET AWAY FROM OTHERS AND, AS ALWAYS, BE KIND

    THERE ARE PEOPLE IN EVERY COMMUNITY WHO ARE STRUGGLING AND THEY NEED OUR HELP MORE THAN EVER REACH OUT TO THEM EVEN A SMALL GESTURE, A TEXT OR A CALL MAKES A DIFFERENCE AND NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO STAY CONNECTED AND THANKFULLY WE HAVE TOOLS THAT CAN HELP THANK YOU VERY MUCH

    TODAY WE'LL HEAR FROM THE DOCTOR ON A SITUATIONAL UPDATE AND THEN FROM MINISTER RODRIGUEZ ON THE HOUSE OF COMMONS RECONVENING NEXT WEEK DOCTOR? >> GOOD DAY, BONJOUR GLOBALLY THERE ARE OVER 318,000 CASES OF COVID-19 IN OVER 185 COUNTRIES IN CANADA, AS OF THIS MOMENT THERE ARE 1,388 CASES OF COVID-19, AND 19 DEATHS WE HAVE TESTED OVER 92,000 PEOPLE ACROSS THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES, THAT IS OVER 54,000 ADDITIONAL PEOPLE TESTED ACROSS CANADA OVER THE PAST FIVE DAYS

    LOOKING BACK AT THE WEEK BEHIND US, THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL SIGNALS OF CONCERN WE'VE SEEN STEEP INCREASES IN CASE COUNTS, CASES AMONG HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND IN VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN HIGH RISK SETTINGS LIKE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES TRAGICALLY INCLUDING SEVERAL DEATHS [ Through interpreter ] >> OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, OUR MAIN CHALLENGE WILL BE TO APPLY AGGRESSIVELY SOCIAL DISTANCING AND IN IN ORDER TO REACH OUR OBJECTIVES THIS SITUATION IS A DIFFICULT ONE AND WE CANNOT COUNT CASES WHICH HAVE BEEN AVOIDED BUT WE KNOW THAT THIS IS NECESSARY AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO REALIZE HOW CATASTROPHIC THIS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN IN COUNTRIES WHO LOWERED THEIR GUARD TOO QUICKLY AND THIS IS WHY WE WANT TO DO IT THOROUGHLY AND IN THIS PERIOD WHEN MANY PEOPLE RETURN FROM VACATION IN MARCH HAVING SPENT IT ABROAD WE ASK YOU TO PLEASE STAY HOME AND BECAUSE YOU REPRESENT A HIGH RISK OF HAVING BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19, AND YOUMIGHT BE TRANSMITTING AND PASSING ON THE DISEASE

    AND SO AVOID CONTACT WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY [ End of translation ] >> THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES WILL BE TO MAINTAIN OUR RESOLVE IN PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE WE WAIT TO SEE THE SIGNS THAT OUR EFFORTS ARE HAVING AN EFFECT AND PREVENTION IS HARD WORK AND IT TAKES TIME TO SEE RESULTS AND WE CANNOT COUNT THE NUMBER OF CASES THAT HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BUT WE KNOW IT MUST BE DONE AND WE'VE SEEN THE DEVASTATING EFFECT OF THIS PANDEMIC ON COUNTRIES LETTING DOWN THEIR GUARD TOO SOON AND SO WE MUST SEE IT THROUGH AS MANY PEOPLE CONTINUE TO COME BACK FROM MARCH BREAK TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA, YOU HAVE TO STAY HOME AND SELF-ISOLATE DUE TO THE INCREASED RISK THAT YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 AND COULD SPREAD THE INFECTION TO OTHERS FURTHERMORE, IF YOU ARE SICK, IT MEANS AVOIDING CONTACT WITH OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS

    THESE DAYS AND WEEKS, FOR SOME, HAVE BEEN CHALLENGING WE'RE IN THE EARLY DAYS INTO THIS DIFFICULT EFFORT AND STILL IT IS TOO SOON TO SAY HOW MUCH WE HAVE AFFECTED THE TRAJECTORY OF COVID-19 IN CANADA BUT, AS CANADIAN, WE WILL BAND TOGETHER AND GET THROUGH THIS TIME TOGETHER LET'S KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM AND GET THIS RIGHT AND WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES, OUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS MERCI >> THANK YOU, DOCTOR NJOO

    AND NOW I WILL TURN TO MINISTER RODRIGUEZ [ Through interpreter ] >> GOOD AFTERNOON AND EVERYONE [ End of translation ] >> A JOINT PROCEEDINGS UNTIL APRIL THE 20 BUT WE KNEW THAT THERE WAS A CHANCE THAT SOME OF US WOULD HAVE TO COME BACK FOR A RECALL OF THE HOUSE AND SINCE THEN OUR GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN STRONG, QUICK ACTIONS TO RESPOND TO COVID-19 AND TODAY I WROTE TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE REQUESTING THAT HE RECALL THE HOUSE TUESDAY, MARCH THE 24th AT NOON WHICH HE ACCEPTED

    THE PURPOSE OF THE BRIEF RECALL IS SO THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO BRING IN EMERGENCY ECONOMIC MEASURES TO SUPPORT CANADIAN WORKERS AND BUSINESSES IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC [ Through interpreter ] >> TODAY I WROTE TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO ASK FOR THE RECALL OF THE HOUSE ON TUESDAY, MARCH THE 24th WHICH HE ACCEPTED THIS WILL ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO SUBMIT A BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF HELPING WORKERS AND COMPANIES WHICH SUFFER FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC [ End of translation ] >> — BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT THEY WILL RECEIVE THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT THAT THEY YOUR GENERALLY NEED

    [ Through interpreter ] >> — THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED CRISIS, AND THIS IS WHAT THE — WHY THE GOVERNMENT HAS REACTED QUICKLY IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE RECEIVE EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE [ End of translation ] >> — MY COUNTERPARTS FROM ALL OPPOSITION PARTIES IN RECENT DAYS ABOUT THIS RECALL THERE WERE GOOD CONVERSATIONS, LOTS OF COLLABORATIONS AND WE'RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF CANADIANS AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR COLLABORATION [ Through interpreter ] >> THANK YOU TO ALL PARTIES FOR THEIR COOPERATION AND THE HOUSE RECALL COLLABORATION AND SAY ONCE AGAIN THAT WE WILL FACE THIS CRISIS TOGETHER AS CANADIANS AND WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, PABLO

    >> OKAY YOU KNOW THE DRILL, ONE QUESTION, ONE FOLLOW-UP RACHEL, CTV >> Reporter: MY FIRST QUESTION IS FOR MINISTER HAJDU, WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW AND WHEN YOU WERE FIRST BRIEFED ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS THREAT EVEN WHEN IT STARTED IN CHINA? >> IT WOULD BE HARD FOR ME TO PRECISELY GIVE YOU A DATE AND I COULD GIVE YOU A DATE ON THE FIRST BRIEFING BUT IT WAS EXTREMELY EARLY JANUARY I WOULD SAY PROBABLY AROUND THE 10th OR SO WHEN I WAS — WHEN I HAD RETURNED FROM MY OWN VACATION AND I WAS BRIEFED AT THAT TIME THAT Dr

    TAM HAD BEEN OBSERVING A CLUSTER OF VERY UNUSUAL ACTIVITY IN WUHAN AND WAS CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THAT MIGHT REPRESENT IN TERMS OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS >> Reporter: AND, Dr NJOO, THERE HAVE BEEN CONCERNS ABOUT THE CASES OF THE BACKLOG OF SPREAD AND PUBLIC HEALTH RESULTS EVEN HERE IN OTTAWA THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THERE COULD BE UP TO 1,000 PEOPLE INFECTED RIGHT NOW HOW MANY PEOPLE RIGHT NOW DO YOU BELIEVE ARE INFECTED WITH COVID-19? >> THAT IS A DIFFICULT QUESTION I REALLY CAN'T SPECULATE OR CONJECTURE

    WE DO KNOW THAT OUR BEST EFFORTS ARE BEING PUT FORWARD AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS TESTING AND ACCESS FOR AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE WANT THE MOST ACCURATE PICTURE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND AT THIS POINT I DO NOT THINK THAT IT IS USEFUL TO SPECULATE ON HOW MANY PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE COVID-19 WE WILL BASE OUR WAY FORWARD ON TEST RESULTS AND PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD TO — >> Reporter: BUT BASED UPON — >> ONE FOLLOW-UP, PLEASE >> I CAN TAKE A SHOT AT ANSWERING THAT AS WELL WE'RE NOT JUST LOOKING TO THE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BUT NUMBERS OF DEATHS AND WHERE THEY OCCURRED AND IN WHAT CONTEXT

    FOR EXAMPLE WE KNOW THAT NINE OF THE DEATHS THAT WE HAVE, I THINK THAT IT IS NINE, OCCURRED IN ONE SINGLE NURSING HOME IN THE VANCOUVER AREA THAT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND, BECAUSE IT IT ISN'T THAT WE'RE SEEING DEATHS ACCELERATE IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM IT IS NOT TO SAY THAT WE WON'T THAT IS WHAT WE'RE WORKING HARD ON TRYING TO PREVENT AND WHEN THE DOCTOR SAYS IT IS DIFFICULT TO SPECULATE THE DATA DEPENDS UPON WHERE WE ARE AND THE MEASURES THAT WE'RE TAKING WILL INFLUENCE ON WHAT Dr TAM RETURNS TO THE ATTACK RATE, HOW MANY PEOPLE ACTUALLY GET SICK

    >> AND TO ADD TO THAT WE'RE PULLING OUT ALL OF THE STOPS, TESTING TECHNOLOGIES AND GETTING ALL FORM OF TESTS AND YOU INDICATE THAT THERE IS A BACKLOG AND WE'RE WORKING NOW TO DEAL WITH THAT >> Reporter: — PEOPLE NOT LISTENING TO YOUR ADVICE ABOUT THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE POLICE HAVE TO INTERVENE AND WE SEE PICTURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA PEOPLE FILLING UP THE PARKS AND WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO THESE PEOPLE? [ Speaking French ] >> WELL, I THINK THAT I HAD PRETTY STRONG WORDS YESTERDAY AND I WOULD STAND BY THOSE WORDS I WOULD SAY THAT PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY AND DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT LEVELS HAVE DIFFERENT QUARANTINE MEASURES WHICH COULD INCLUDE MONETARY PENALTIES AND IN SOME CASES, ARRESTS AND PROVINCES, TERRITORIES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL USE THE TOOLS THAT THEY HAVE TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE COMPLY WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE, OBVIOUSLY, IS CANADIANS COMPLYING WIGGLY IN A SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS HARD FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHO ARE IN AN AREA WHERE PEOPLE THEY DO NOT EVEN HAVE ONE CASE YET BUT PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT PROTECTS THEM FROM HAVING ONE CASE IS THE BEHAVIORS THAT THEY CHOOSE TODAY

    I MENTIONED WALKING OUTSIDE YOU MENTIONED BEING OUTSIDE IN VARIOUS DIFFERENT SETTINGS WE'RE NOT SAYING THAT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT GO OUTSIDE UNLESS THEY ARE SYMPTOMATIC IF PEOPLE ARE SYMPTOMATIC THEY NEED TO STAY IN THEIR HOUSE, IN THEIR ROOM AND NOT INTERACT WITH OTHER HEALTHY, ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE AND THAT IS ALL CASES, ALL TIMES AND IF PEOPLE ARE NOT SYMPTOMATIC THEN IT IS SAFE TO GO OUTSIDE AND THEY SHOULD BE PRACTICING MAYBE WE SHOULD CALL IT PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND STAYING SIX FEET AWAY FROM PEOPLE AND I HEARD REPORTS OF PEOPLE WALKING ON THE SEAWALL YESTERDAY AND I THINK THAT EVERY REGION, EVERY PROVINCE IS HAVING AN EXAMPLE OF THIS THIS IS VERY SERIOUS

    BECAUSE YOU DO NOT HAVE NECESSARILY IN YOUR COMMUNITY EVEN ONE CASE OR YOU ARE NOT FEELING THE ILLNESS, WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO DILIGENTLY AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT IS TO PREVENT THIS DISEASE FROM SPREADING TOWARDS OTHER COMMUNITIES AND EVERYBODY HAS A PART TO PLAY IN THAT I WILL REITERATE WHAT I SAID IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT PEOPLE ARE FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ADVICE IS GETTING STRONGER AND STRONGER AND WITH THAT STRONGER ADVICE WILL BE COMING MORE AND MORE PENALTIES IF PEOPLE DO NOT LISTEN [ Speaking French ] [ Through interpreter ] >> IF SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY, I WILL SAY, WELL, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AT LEAST FOR THOSE YOU LOVE AND FOR YOUR DEAR ONES BECAUSE THERE IS NO SITUATION IN WHICH THE BEHAVIOR OF ONE PERSON WILL HAVE SUCH HIGH IMPACT ON SO MANY PEOPLE >> A QUESTION >> WHAT PREVENTS US FROM HOLDING A MEETING OF THE HOUSE EVEN THIS WEEKEND, WHY THE DELAY

    >> THE BILL HAS TO BE IMPLEMENTED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND THAT IS WHY I WROTE THIS MORNING TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE ASKING HIM TO RECONVENE THE HOUSE AND THAT WILL BE DONE ON TUESDAY AT 12 NOON [ End of translation ] >> Reporter: THERE COULD BE STRICTER PENALTIES AT A FEDERAL LEVEL AND THERE SEEMS RIGHT NOW TO BE A PATCHWORK ACROSS THE PROVINCES, NOVA SCOTIA TODAY ANNOUNCING STRICTER PENALTIES THERE WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE AND AT WHAT POINT WILL WE SEE MORE SEVERE PENALTIES FROM A FEDERAL LEVEL AND WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE? >> WELL, I ALREADY HAVE AT MY DISPOSAL THE QUARANTINE ACT AND WE'RE LOOKING TO A NUMBER OF WAYS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE STRINGENT ENFORCEMENT OF THE QUARANTINE ACT FOR THOSE RETURNING FROM SPRING BREAK AND SNOWBIRDS WHO ARE RETURNING AND LET ME BE VERY CLEAR WE WILL USE EVERY MEASURE TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE AND THIS IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE AND I WILL SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THOSE RETURNING FROM MARCH BREAK OR THE SNOWBIRD WHO IS ARE COMING BACK WHEN WE SAY THAT YOU MUST STAY AT HOME FOR 14 DAYS, IT MEANS THAT YOU STAY AT HOME FOR 14 DAYS AND YOU DO NOT STOP FOR GROCERIES OR VISIT YOUR NEIGHBOURS OR YOUR FRIENDS, THAT YOU REST IN YOUR HOUSE FOR 14 DAYS, NO EXCEPTIONS IF YOU ARE RETURNING TO A HOUSEHOLD WITH OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT TRAVELED, THEN YOU REST IN ISOLATION FROM THOSE OTHER PEOPLE, YOU STAY IN YOUR ROOM OR IN A BASEMENT OR IN AN ISOLATED AREA AWAY FROM THE OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FAMILY IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE RETURNING HOME TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY FOLLOW THIS PUBLIC HEALTH THAT WE'RE GIVING THEM

    AND THEN THE ADVICE WILL BE NOT JUST ADVICE IF WE NEED TO TAKE STRONGER MEASURE, WE WILL >> YOU'VE TALKED ABOUT HOW YOU WILL MAKE IT MORE CRYSTAL CLEAR FOR PEOPLE GETTING OFF OF CRUISE SHIPS AND SNOWBIRDS RETURNING AND I THINK THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO KNOW WHAT COULD BE COMING IF THEY DO NOT TAKE THOSE MEASURES, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT HERE? >> UNDER THE FEDERAL QUARANTINE ACT WHICH HAS JURISDICTIONS OVER EXTRA PROVINCIAL TRAVEL NOT NECESSARILY INTRAPROVINCIAL WE HAVE MEASURES THAT CAN INCLUDE MONETARY PENALTIES UP TO AND INCLUDING CRIMINAL PENALTIES >> AND WE'LL SWITCH TO THE PHONE [ OPERATOR INSTRUCTIONS ] >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE WE HAVE A FIRST QUESTION FROM KRISTIN FROM THE "GLOBE & MAIL

    " >> HI, GOOD AFTERNOON MINISTER RODRIGUEZ, COULD YOU COMMENT ON HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS REORIENTING RESOURCES, IF AT ALL, TO DEAL WITH THE SURGE IN EI APPLICATIONS >> THAT WILL BE EXPLAINED DURING THE DEBATE ON TUESDAY AND, OF COURSE, THINGS WILL BE EXPLAINED IN THE BILL THAT I CANNOT TALK ABOUT AT THIS MOMENT >> THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED ABOUT THIS AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING AND I WONDER IF YOU CAN SPEAK AT ALL TO OTHER STEPS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING IN RESPONSE TO WAGE PRESSURES THAT BUSINESSES ARE FACING >> WELL, I MEAN, AS YOU SAW WITH THE MEASURES THAT WE PRESENTED LAST WEEK, OUR — ARE TOUCHING EVERYBODY AND WE HAVE MEASURES TO GIVE PEOPLE ACCESS TO E

    I AND FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO STAY HOME BECAUSE THEY ARE SICK OR HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF SOMEONE AND MEASURES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND SO THIS IS A FIRST PHASE AND WE'VE BEEN VERY CLEAR, THIS IS A FIRST PHASE TO STABILIZE THE SITUATION AND IT IS NOT EVEN STARTING TO RELAUNCH THE ECONOMY THAT WILL COME AFTERWARDS AND WE THINK THAT THESE ARE NECESSARY AND VERY INCLUSIVE STEPS TO HELP ALL CANADIANS AND THE DETAILS OF ALL OF THIS WILL BE IN THE BILL THAT WILL BE INTRODUCED AND DEBATED ON TUESDAY >> OKAY NEXT QUESTION

    >> THANK YOU THE NEXT QUESTION FROM HELEN [ Speaking French ] [ Through interpreter ] >> GOOD AFTERNOON, MINISTER RODRIGUEZ COULD YOU GIVE US AN IDEA OF THE UNFOLDING OF THE DAY ON TUESDAY? AND YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN US THE VARIOUS DISTRIBUTION OF PARTIES OR MEMBERS, MP'S, AMONGST THE VARIOUS PARTIES AND SO WHAT IS IT GOING TO LOOK LIKE? >> IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS WE'LL HAVE 14-INCH LIBERALS, THREE CONSERVATIVES, THREE FROM THE BLOC AND THREE FROM THE NDP FOR A TOTAL OF FOUR-AND-A-HALF HOURS THERE WILL BE QUESTIONS BUT NOT LIKE THE TRADITIONAL QUESTION PERIOD IT WILL BE DONE THROUGH A PLENARY COMMITTEE

    AND WE WANT PARTIES TO BE ABLE TO ASK ALL QUESTIONS AND MINISTERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AND THEN WE WILL CLOSE THE SESSION FOUR-AND-A-HALF HOURS LATER THE FOLLOWING DAY THE SENATE WILL BE MEETING WITH A RESPECTIVE NUMBER OF SENATORS AND WE EXPECT SENATORS TO DO THE SAME AS THE HOUSE AND WE HEARD FROM THE SENATE THAT THEY INTEND TO DO THE SAME BUT YOU SHOULD ASK THEM QUESTIONS ABOUT THE UNFOLDING OF THEIR SESSION AND BASED UPON THE COOPERATION THAT TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK EVERYTHING SHOULD BE ADOPTED BY THE SENATE THE NEXT DAY WITH THE ROYAL ASCENT THE SAME DAY >> BUT YOU DID NOT MENTION THE GREEN PARTY? DID YOU HAVE A PROBLEM NOT HAVING REPRESENTATION BY THE GREEN PARTY

    >> THIS ENTAILS MOVING FROM ONE PROVINCE TO ANOTHER WHEREAS MR LEGGO SAYS DO NOT TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE REGION AND SOME SENATORS ARE ELDERLY PEOPLE AND SO WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES >> CERTAINLY, WE DO TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT IN THE FIGURES REGARDING TRAVELING WE GIVE PRIORITY TO CAR, TRAVEL BY CAR NOT NOT — AND WE TRY TO AVOID LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL FROM ONE PROVINCE TO ANOTHER AND MINISTERS CAN COME IN THEIR CAPACITY AS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TRAVELING BY CAR, FOR INSTANCE [ End of translation ] >> THANK YOU QUESTION OUR NEXT QUESTION FROM HARLEY FROM THE "GLOBE & MAIL" >> HI, THANK YOU

    WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF CONCERNS FROM VARIOUS PROVINCES ABOUT THE BACKLOG IN TESTS AND SHORTAGES OF MATERIALS WONDERING, Dr NJOO, HOW SOON ARE THE SHORTAGES GOING TO BE ADDRESSED OR RESOLVED >> AMONG THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY IN CANADA, AND OBVIOUSLY A SPECIAL ADVISOR COMMITTEE OF WHICH Dr TAM AND I ARE A PART OF THAT IS AN ALIVE ISSUE WHERE WE ARE HAVING ACTIVE DISCUSSIONS

    OBVIOUSLY WE RECOGNIZE THERE IS A GLOBAL CHALLENGE IN GETTING SUPPLIES, MATERIALS AND TESTING KITS AND WE'RE PUTTING OUR BEST EFFORTS FORWARD AND WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF ACQUIRING ADDITIONAL TESTING KITS AND LOOKING TO NEW TESTING TECHNOLOGIES, WE'VE JUST OBVIOUSLY I THINK THAT THE MINISTER APPROVED A — A REGULATORY-WIDE A — DIFFERENT TESTING TECHNOLOGIES THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO VALIDATE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WHICH WOULD ADD TO THE TOOLBOX THAT THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES CAN USE OBVIOUSLY IN THEIR JURISDICTIONS AND SO I CAN JUST ASSURE YOU THAT WE'RE PULLING OUT ALL OF THE STOPS TO LOOK TO THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE COULD AND SHOULD BE DOING TO ENSURE THAT CANADIANS HAVE ACCESS TO TESTING AND THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE HAVE TO DO >> AND I WANT TO ADD THAT I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE LAB WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR FINDING WAYS TO SPEED UP THE TESTING AND AT THE NATIONAL LAB THE TURNAROUND TIME IS ONLY 24 HOURS AND THE LAB WORKERS ARE WORKING FULL STOP TRYING TO PROCESS THE MANY TESTS THAT WE'RE RECEIVING THROUGH THE NATIONAL LAB BUT PART OF THE ISSUE IS TRANSPORTATION WHICH WE'RE WORKING ON A SOLUTION FOR AND AS Dr NJOO SAID IT IS A VERY LIVE ISSUE AND A LOT OF EXTREMELY WISE PEOPLE WORKING ON THE VARIOUS SNAGS IN THE LOGISTICS TO SPEED UP THE TESTING CAPACITY >> THANK YOU FOR THAT

    IN ADDITION, SOME NUMBER OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE EXPERTS HAVE RAISED CONCERNS WITH THE RESPONSE IN ONTARIO SPECIFICALLY SINGLING OUT THE PROVINCE FOR ITS VERY LARGE BACKLOG NOW OF 8,000 TESTS WITH RESULTS TAKING UP TO A WEEK TO COME BACK WITH OFFICIALS THERE RESISTING TELLING PEOPLE THAT THERE IS WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS EVEN THOUGH THEIR OWN NUMBERS SHOW THAT ABOUT 40% OF CASES ARE THE RESULT NOW OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION AND I WONDER IF YOU COULD PLEASE JUST TELL ME Dr NJOO AND MINISTER IF YOU WANT TO COMMENT AS WELL ABOUT SOME OF THE REGIONAL DISPARITIES THAT YOU ARE SEEING AND HOW YOU WILL ADDRESS THOSE AS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED? >> WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE THAT Dr TAM AND Dr NJOO WORK THROUGH AT THEIR PROVINCIAL LEVEL ARE HAVING THAT CONVERSATION TODAY AS A MATTER OF FACT HOW WE HAVE UNIFORM STANDARDS AROUND NOT JUST TESTING BUT SURVEILLANCE AND DATA PROVISION AROUND THE COUNTRY UP TO AND INCLUDING PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE AND MESSAGING AND THIS IS AN AREA THAT WE'RE WATCHING VERY CLOSELY OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS

    AND WE HAVE NO HESITATION TO STEP IN IF NEEDED TO PROVIDE STRONGER GUIDE YANKS AND MEASURES TO BRING UNIFORMITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE TOW THAT VARIOUS PROVINCES HAVE VARIOUS PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES, BUT ALSO ASSETS AND STRENGTHS AND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS TO MAKE SURE THAT, AS WE GO INTO THE NEXT WEEK, THAT WE HAVE A MUCH MORE UNIFIED APPROACH ACROSS THE COUNTRY >> OKAY NEXT QUESTION? >> THANK YOU, MERCI

    OUR NEXT QUESTION FROM DANIELLE OF RADIO CANADA >> BONJOUR MY QUESTION FOR MINISTER HAJDU YOU MENTIONED THE POSSIBILITY OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES OR FINE AT YOUR DISPOSAL UNDER THE QUARANTINE ACT AND CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC ON WHAT TYPE OF PENALTIES, THE AMOUNT OF THE FINE AND CAN YOU TELL ME WHEN IN YOUR HEAD THAT YOU THINK THAT SOMETHING LIKE THE EMERGENCY MEASURE ACT BECOMES A TOOL THAT YOU NEED, BECOMES A NECESSARY TOOL >> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I DON'T HAVE THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THE QUANTUM OF PENALTIES IN TERMS OF A MONETARY APPROACH

    WE'LL GET YOU THAT INFORMATION FOR YOUR ARTICLE IN TERMS OF WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THE EMERGENCY MEASURES ACT I BELIEVE THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED THIS A NUMBER OF DAYS AGO AND HE SAID THAT ALL TOOLS ARE ON THE TABLE AND WE'LL CONSIDER ALL MEASURES NECESSARY TO GET TO THAT POINT THAT I JUST MADE TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTIONER AROUND UNIFORMITY AND CANADIANS BEING ABLE TO EXPECT THE SAME LEVEL OF ATTENTION, SERVICE AND DETAIL, NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE AND SO, AGAIN, THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS IS WITH PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL COLLABORATION Dr TAM IS MEETING TODAY WITH THE SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

    AND I KNOW THAT THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE HAPPENING THROUGH THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE AS WELL BUT, LISTEN, WE WILL NOT HESITATE TO MAKE STRONGER MEASURES IF NEEDED TO MAKE TWO THINGS CRYSTAL CLEAR ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, ONE, TO KEEP CANADIANS' HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE FOREFRONT AND TWO TO FIGURE OUT A LONG-TERM STRATEGY TO GET US OUT OF THIS SITUATION DID YOU WANT TO ADD IN FRENCH, PABLO? [ Speaking French ] [ Through interpreter ] >> NO, NO BUT A QUESTION THAT — [ Speaking French ] [ Through interpreter ] >> WHEN THE HOUSE COMES BACK NEXT WEEK, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THAT IS THE ONLY TIME THAT YOU NEED TO RECALL A SMALL NUMBER OF MEMBERS, OR DO YOU THINK THAT BEFORE THE END OF THE CRISIS YOU MIGHT HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN >> MR THIBAULT, THAT QUESTION IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ANSWER

    THAT IS WHY IN THE MOTION THAT WAS UNANIMOUSLY AGREED UPON BY THE PARTIES, WE HAVE RETAINED THE ABILITY TO CALL BACK THE HOUSE WHENEVER NEEDED THINGS ARE CHANGING VERY QUICKLY EMPLOYEES ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS EVERY DAY WORKERS ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS EVERY DAY PEOPLE ARE HAVING TO STAY HOME

    PEOPLE HAVE TO LOOK AFTER THEIR CHILDREN THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA HAS TO BE THERE FOR THESE PEOPLE AND THIS IS WHAT WE'RE DOING ON TUESDAY AND WE MAY HAVE TO CALL PACK THE HOUSE BUT WE'RE NOT PLANNINGTO AT THE MOMENT THANK YOU >> THREE MORE QUESTIONS ON THE LINE

    >> THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM "CANADIAN PRESS" >> HELLO, EVERYONE MY QUESTION WAS FOR Dr NJOO AND MR RODRIGUEZ

    [ CONTINUING IN FRENCH ] >> I WANTED A FRENCH VERSION ABOUT WHAT MINISTER HAJDU SAID THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WHERE PROVINCES ARE TAKING INCREASINGLY STRINGENT MEASURES TO MAKE PEOPLE STAY AT HOME AND STOP THEM FROM GATHERING IN GROUPS WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT THESE MEASURES ARE UNIFORM? >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION I CAN ONLY TALK AS — FROM MY POSITION IN PUBLIC HEALTH IT IS AN ONGOING SITUATION IT IS EVOLVING ALL THE TIME AND EVEN THE SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS TELECONFERENCES EVERY DAY

    WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A SCIENCE-BASED APPROACH WE WANT TO PROVIDE THE MINISTER WITH THE BEST ADVICE FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH STANDPOINT AND SO EVERY MEASURE LIKE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND OTHER MEASURES CAN BE APPLIED THEY ARE CERTAINLY A PART OF OUR DISCUSSION AND THEN WE GIVE OUR ADVICE TO MINISTERS FOR THEM TO CONSIDER IT [ End of translation ] >> I WILL ASK MY NEXT QUESTION TO MINISTER HAJDU IN ENGLISH, AND THE PRIME MINISTER SAID THAT HE IS ASKING CANADIANS TO STAY HOME AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE AND I WANT TO KNOW ARE YOU ASKING, RECOMMENDING OR ORDERING CANADIANS TO STAY HOME OR TO STAY AT A SOCIAL DISTANCE? >> ASKING THEM AND RECOMMENDING THEM AND I AM HOPING THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO GET TO ORDERING THEM

    >> ALL RIGHT NEXT QUESTION >> THANK YOU OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM SHARON FROM "THE NATIONAL POST" >> HI, THANKS SO MUCH

    MINISTER HAJDU, YOU'VE MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES NOW AND YOU'VE BEEN ASKED, YOU KNOW, THAT YOU ARE PREPARED TO USE EVERY MEASURE IN YOUR TOOLBOX TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WHAT EXACTLY FOR YOU WOULD BE THE TIPPING POINT FOR STRONGER MEASURES? >> I THINK THAT THE WORK THAT Dr TAM AND NJOO ARE DOING ALONG WITH THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES IS VERY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW AND THIS IS, FOR ME, A CRITICAL POINT IN THE WAY THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH COVID-19 AND FOR ME SHOULD WE NOT BE ABLE TO GET CONSENSUS, THAT WOULD INDICATE TO US THAT WE WOULD NEED STRONGER MEASURES AND SO THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING RIGHT NOW WITH THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AROUND TRYING TO ALIGN OUR ACTIONS WITH PUBLIC HEALTH EVIDENCE, WITH THE GOALS AS I SAID EARLIER OF KEEPING PEOPLE HEALTHY AND KEEPING PEOPLE OUT OF THE HOSPITAL BUT ALSO FINDING A WAY OUT THAT INCLUDES A ROBUST TESTING STRATEGY BASED UPON THE BEST SCIENCE AND EVIDENCE THAT WE HAVE AND LOOKING AT WAYS THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES HAVE WHAT THEY NEED IN A SURGE, THOSE ARE ALL VERY IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS AND I HOPE THAT THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE I THINK THAT, FOR ME, SHOULD WE SEE A RELUCTANCE ON BEHALF OF THE COUNTRY TO PULL TOGETHER, THAT THAT WOULD BE A TIME WHERE WE WOULD REQUIRE ADDITIONAL MEASURES >> AND SORRY, MY FOLLOW-UP, THERE IS THIS SMALL BUT GROWING CHORUS FROM CONTRARIANS CALLING OVERKILL SAYING THAT THE DATA COLLECTED SO FAR ON HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED AND HOW THE EPIDEMIC IS EVOLVING, SOME ARE SAYING IT IS "UTTERLY UNRELIABLE" AND THE FORMER CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR ONTARIO THIS MORNING SORT OF ECHOED THOSE CALLS SAID THAT WE'RE TAKING STEPS THAT ARE REALLY UNNECESSARY AND WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IS, FOR EXAMPLE, ISOLATING SENIORS AND, SAY, ANYONE FIFTY, SIXTY OR OLDER AND ALLOWING YOUNGER PEOPLE TO CONTINUE ON THEIR WAYS, COULD I GET YOUR RESPONSE TO THOSE CONCERNS

    >> I WILL START AND THEN I WILL TURN IT OVER TO Dr NJOO FOR THE SCIENCE I WILL SAY THAT IT IS NOT ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE THAT WE ARE USING TO MAKE OUR DECISIONS IT IS SCIENCE IT IS DETAILS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

    AND IT IS REPORTS FROM PEOPLE LIKE I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE, MINISTER OF HEALTH FROM ITALY WHO IS IN THE CRISIS OF OBVIOUSLY THEIR COUNTRY'S LIFETIME WITH HOSPITALS THAT ARE NOW MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT WHO WILL LIVE AND DIE BASED UPON KINDS OF METRICS THAT WE CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE IN CANADA AND IT IS THE REPORTS FROM NEW YORK PHYSICIANS IN EMERGENCY ROOM WHO IS ARE SAYING THAT IT IS NOT JUST OLD PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE SEVERELY AND MEDICALLY SUPPORTED, THAT THERE ARE A HIGH DEGREE OF YOUNG, MIDDLE AGED, WORKINGAGE PEOPLE WHO ARE REQUIRING SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS TO GET THROUGH THIS CRISIS AND I WOULD SAY THAT WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST SCIENTISTS IN THE WORLD IN OUR GOVERNMENT WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE TWO OF THEM WITH US HERE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL IN Dr TAM AND NJOO AND WE HAVE BEEN INCREASINGLY ALARMED AS WE'VE WATCHED THIS SWEEP AROUND THE GLOBE AND I WOULD SAY THAT IT IS OUR OBLIGATIONS AS POLITICIANS TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AND LISTEN TO OUR SCIENTISTS AND WITH THAT I WILL TURN TO Dr NJOO

    >> WE LIVE IN A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY AND EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION AND THE OVERWHELMING OPINION OF THOSE IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY ARE ON THE SAME PAGE THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THIS RIGHT NOW >> OKAY LAST QUESTION

    >> THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN, PLEASE PRESS STAR-ONE IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION [ OPERATOR INSTRUCTIONS ] >> OUR NEXT QUESTION FROM DAVID FROM OTTAWA >> YES, GOOD AFTERNOON, I HAVE A QUESTION Dr NJOO BUT I WILL ADMIT THAT THIS IS A QUESTION FOR ONE OF MEDICAL IGNORANCE BUT I GATHER THE CANADIAN TEST YOU APPLY A SWAP AND THEN YOU HAVE TO ANALYZE THE NASAL SECRETIONS AND THIS CAN TAKE SEVERAL DAYS FOR RESULTS TO RETURN AND I SEE OTHER COUNTRIES SUPPOSEDLY PUTTING TOGETHER TESTS GIVING RESULTS IN A MATTER OF HOURS

    IS THAT THE CASE? AM I CONFUSING TWO DIFFERENT PROCEDURES HERE? >> NO YOU HAVE HIT IT RIGHT ON THE HEAD THE TEST WE'RE USING RIGHT NOW IN CAP, HAVING THE GENETIC SEQUENCE, A PCR-BASED TEST AND IT DOES INVOLVE, AS YOU SAID, A SWAB AND THEN A RESULT AND THE TURNAROUND TIME IN OUR NATIONAL MICROBIOLOGICAL LABORATORY IT TAKES ABOUT 24 HOUR, ONE DAY HAVING SAID THAT, WE'RE AWARE OF OTHER TESTING TECHNOLOGIES WE MENTIONED THAT WE HAD, YOU KNOW, REGULATORY APPROVAL FOR THESE NEW TESTING TECHNOLOGIES WHICH CAN GIVE RESULTS MORE QUICKLY, IN THE BATTER OF HOURS AS OPPOSED TO A DAY, OR SO

    WE'RE LOOKING TO ACQUIRE THESE NEW TYPING OF TESTING KITS AND TO OBVIOUSLY ROLL IT OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE >>> AND YOU NOTED A JUMP IN THE NUMBER OF TESTS THAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, IS THAT THE NUMBER OF TESTS OR DID YOU ACTUALLY GET RESULTS FROM THOSE SAMPLES THAT YOU TOOK >> THESE ARE TEST RESULTS WHICH IS ALSO QUITE REMARKABLE GIVEN THE FACT THAT I MENTIONED OFF THE TOP WE'VE DONE OVER — OVER 29,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TESTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY — 92,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TESTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY, 92,000, AND THAT IS MORE THAN 10,000 TEST RESULTS PER DAY AND IT SHOWS THAT WE'RE REACHING CANADIANS, CANADIANS HAVE ACCESS TO THE TESTING FOR THE MOST PART, THEY ARE GOOD RESULTS AND WE HAVE 1,388 POSITIVE RESULTS THUS FAR BUT THAT ALSO IF YOU DO THE MATH, SUBTRACTING THAT FROM 92,000 THAT IS QUITE A NUMBER OF NEGATIVE TESTS >> OKAY

    THAT'S IT THANK YOU VERY MUCH

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