DAY 44 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

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This is DAY   44   of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Here’s what you need to know on Thursday, April 23, 2020   <<<<>>>    The COVID-19 death toll in Canada surpassed 2 thousand as of Thursday morning. For context, the 1000th death in Canada was reported 8 days earlier.   Saskatchewan is the first Canadian province to lay out a transition plan that will allow pandemic restrictions to be eased. Premier Scott Moe presented a five phased plan at his Thursday briefing. We’ll hear more from the Premier coming up in the podcast.   Today’s federal briefing focused on vaccine and immunity research. Prime Minister Trudeau announce a $1.1 billion commitment to coronavirus research, testing and modelling.   95 hundred workers are absent from Quebec’s healthcare system. Premier Francois Legault says many have been infected with the coronavirus. Others are staying away over concern for their own health.   It was an emotional Doug Ford who responded to reporter questions about the number of COVID-19 fatalities at long-term care homes. Ontario’s premier was asked if he and his government failed province’s long-term care residents. Ford revealed the coronavirus has hit close to home – his mother in-law has tested positive.   Japanese officials are investigating an outbreak of the coronavirus among crew members of a cruise ship in Nagasaki, which has puzzled authorities because the southern port city has a relatively low number of infections and the vessel has been docked for almost three months.   Could nicotine protect people from contracting the coronavirus? There is some research to suggest that may be the case. Researchers in Paris examined 343 coronavirus patients along with 139 people infected with the illness with milder symptoms. They found that only 5% of these patients were smokers. The research echoed similar findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.   It’s official.The 2020 Calgary Stampede has been cancelled in response to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the first time the Stampede has been canceled since it began as an annual event in 1923.   No Stampede, but there may yet be NHL hockey. Commissioned Gary Bettman says the league has been busy “modelling” different scenarios for a potential summer restart to the 2019-20 season.Frank Seravelli is a senior hockey reporter at TSN. He says games could be played in Toronto or Edmonton. <<>>  To Saskatchewan now, where Premier Scott Moe unveiled his province’s 5-phased plan to ease lockdown protocols. 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.