DAY 35 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford
This is DAY 35 the final day of the FIFTH WEEK of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 <<<<>>> IMF sees 6.2% drop in Canada's 2020 GDP amid 'Great Lockdown' Ontario public schools will not reopen on May 4, premier says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer are both defending recent family travel during the Easter weekend amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Scheer flew his family on a flight from Regina to Ottawa on Good Friday. And Trudeau was in the hot seat after his wife and posted a photo on Instagram of the family's Easter celebrations at the prime minister's official country residence at Harrington Lake in Quebec. Canada-U.S. border likely to remain closed for weeks, PM says in imposing tougher quarantine rules Austria and Italy reopen some shops as lockdown eased Political feuding continues in the US where President Donald Trump insists he and he alone – not state governors - will decided when the US economy re-opens. The New York Times is reporting a research trial of coronavirus patients in Brazil ended after patients taking a higher dose of chloroquine, one of the drugs President Trump has promoted, developed irregular heart rates. STATnews.com is reporting Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline collaborate to speed up coronavirus vaccine development Coming up…The home school year is being extended in Ontario and that’s underlined the continued pressures on internet infrastructure in this country. But first…. <<<<>>>> with all the focus on COVID-19 research – do we risk seeing other lethal diseases spreading around the world? Dan Riskin is the Senior Science Correspondent for CTV News. <<<>>> The home school year may well last right through until the end of June. Ontario announced today the kids won’t be back to class in the foreseeable future. While the effort to educate our kids online is posing challenges for families across the country. But do we have the digital capacity to do the job right? Sue Gillespie is the President and CEO at Pathways to Education – a national not-for-profit group that supports students who are the risk of dropping out. This pandemic not only amplifies that number it highlights the lack of access many families have to high speed internet. Sue calls it the “digital divide”. <<<>>> 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.