The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford


Here’s what you need to know on Monday, March 16, 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the borders will be closed to non-citizens or permanent residents. Americans citizens, flight crews and diplomats are exempt. British Columbia is reporting three additional deaths from COVID-19, all of them related to a care home in North Vancouver.That brings Canada’s national death toll to 4.The only other death in Canada was in B.C. – also at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver where there has been a cluster of cases. Ontario’s government is drafting legislation that would change the Employment Standards Act, and help people directly affected by COVID-19. Employees would also not be required to provide a doctor's note if they need leave from work. Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. Restaurant Brands International Inc. says it is asking Canadian Tim Hortons restaurant owners to provide take-out, drive-thru and delivery only in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The company says it is closing all dining room seating effective Tuesday. The closures will continue until future notice. Medical schools in the UK have been urged to fast-track final-year medical students, waiving requirements for clinical exams and using alternative assessments to enable them to be quickly registered as doctors in order to help tackle the coronavirus outbr The Associated Press is reporting: A clinical trial to evaluate a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will begin on Monday. The report cites an unnamed U.S. government official. The trial is being funded by the National Institutes of Health Research Institute in Seattle. <<<<<>>>>>  And coming up… Are you ready to work at home? And how are your kids coping with the COVID-19 crisis? We’ll put some of your FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS to our medical and science experts <<<<<<>>>>>>>  The big news of the day came from Ottawa where the Prime Minister announced new measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Justin Trudeau met the media at a distance because he remains in self-isolation at his official residence. The new measure effectively close Canada’s borders to most foreign travelers. But the PM stressed that only travelers who have been properly screened will be allowed into the country – Canadians included. In addition, anyone arriving from international locations will still be expected to self-isolate for 14 days. Only four Canadian airports will accept International flights as of Wednesday <<<<<>>>>>  Ontario is opening 17 designated testing centres in an effort to relieve pressures on provincial hospitals. The Premier also announced his government’s intention to pass legislation that will protest and support workers directly affected by COVID-19 Premier Ford also stressed the need for people to refrain from panic buying at local grocery stores. Ford says major retailers have assured him that supply chain is healthy. There will be product on the shelves. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>  The flurry of research activity is astounding. We told you about a Cambridge Mass. firm that is trying fast track human testing of vaccine… Today, Associated Press is reporting that human trials were supposed to begin today at a facility in Seattle Washington. Meanwhile…some international intrigue over who will get access to a vaccine once it’s developed. Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the U.S. That’s prompted German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine. German government sources told Reuters on Sunday that the U.S. administration was looking into how it could gain access to a potential vaccine being developed by a German firm, Curevac. Earlier, German newspaper reported that U.S. President Donald Trump had offered funds to lure Curevac to the United States, and the German government was making counter-offers to tempt it to stay. Responding on Twitter to the report, the U.S. ambassador to Germany said the newspaper story was “wrong.” Welt am Sonntag quoted an unidentified German government source as saying Trump was trying to secure the scientists’ work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, “but only for the United States.” German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told a news conference that the government’s coronavirus crisis committee would discuss the Curevac case on Monday. <<<<<<<>>>>>>>>