DAY 30 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford
This is DAY 30 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Thursday, April 9, 2020 <<<<>>> Canada’s modelling projections suggest the corona virus could kill 22,000 in this country – even with the strongest physical distancing protocols in place. More than a million Canadians lost their jobs in the last month. The unemployment rate hit 7.8 per cent in March. That’s an increase of 2.2 percentage points since February. More than 400 thousand of those lost jobs were in Ontario. CTV News is reporting that the House of Commons will be recalled for an emergency sitting on Saturday to pass an expansion to the wage subsidy program British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care as condition improves A National Academy of Sciences committee says it doesn't appear coronavirus will go away once the weather warms up. <<<<>>>> The numbers were staggering. Stats Canada reported more than a million lost jobs in the month of March. And while there are efforts underway to bridge workers and businesses through the financial crisis, the question is whether it’s enough to repair the damage being done to the economy. Perrin Beatty is the President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He told BNN Bloomberg, these numbers are more than staggering. Beatty does note, the wage subsidy plans announced by Ottawa are helping. The House of Commons is expected to sit this weekend to pass legislation to expand the wage subsidies. <<<<<>>>>> These unemployment numbers are being compared to the rates we saw during the Great Depression… Jon Erlichman is the host of The Open at BNN Bloomberg. He says the REAL unemployment rate may well be well above the 7.8% announced today. <<<<<>>>>> Jon referred to the WAVE of COVID-19 and more waves to come in the pandemic. That’s based on the projections released by federal public health officials on Friday morning. The short-term federal projection on the spread of COVID-19 shows that between 500 and 700 Canadians could die from COVID-19 in the next week Dr. Stephen Lucas is the Health Canada Deputy Minister. He says the death toll over the course of the pandemic could range from 11 thousand to 44 thousand. And amid all the heavy news and difficult projections…LIFE goes on at home…for you and your family <<<<>>>> I spoke to Nancy Marchese – founder of Breakthrough Autism – about the challenges parents and kids with autism are facing in light of the isolation and physical distancing orders during the pandemic. IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO SHARE…send me an email. DAVE@DAVETRAFFORD.COM or connect with me on TWITTER @DaveTrafford. DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWPOINTS EXPRESSED IN THIS PODCAST REPRESENT THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND PARTICIPANTS AS OF THE DATE OF PUBLICATION AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE AND BEST PRACTICES BY LEADING MEDICAL AUTHORITIES AS THE INFORMATION SURROUNDING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING.