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Trudeau speaks to Canadians on spread of COVID-19 | Special coverage

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>> Announcer: THIS IS A CBC NEWS SPECIAL PRESENTATION >> Rosemary: HELLO, I'M ROSEMARY BARTON

THIS IS SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE ON CBC AND CBC NEWS NETWORK WE ARE STANDING BY AT THIS HOUR TO HEAR FROM PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU ANY MOMENT NOW HE IS IN SELF-ISOLATION HERE IN OTTAWA HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GREGOIRE-TRUDEAU, HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 HE WILL BE COMING OUT OF HIS HOME TO SPEAK WITH REPORTERS

RIGHT THERE AS YOU CAN SEE ON YOUR SCREEN AT AROUND 12:10 BUT THAT PRESS CONFERENCE MAY BE DELAYED BY THE PRESS CONFERENCE WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO RIGHT NOW MANY CABINET MINISTERS AND CANADA'S CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH DOCTOR, DR TERESA TAM, WHO HAS JUST TOLD CANADIANS THAT THEY SHOULD POSTPONE AND CANCEL ANY TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THE GROWING NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES AROUND THE WORLD AND, INDEED, IN THIS COUNTRY

HE'S TAKE YOU BACK TO THAT PRESS CONFERENCE NOW STANDING BY TO HEAR FROM THE PRIME MINISTER >> Interpreter: AS WELL AS YOUR ATTENDANCE OF LARGE INTERNATIONAL EVENTS AND CONFERENCE AND SPORTS EVENTS THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WHO ARE OLDER AND THOSE WHO HAVE UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS BECAUSE THEY'RE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO DEVELOPING MORE SERIOUS ILLNESS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT FOR HEALTH WORKERS AND OTHERS WHO COME INTO CLOSE CONTACT WITH INFECTED PEOPLE TO AVOID TRAVEL

BUT YOU'VE CHOSEN TO REMAIN IN THE COUNTRY AND NOT TO TRAVEL, YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND DO YOUR PART TO HELP US FLATTEN THE CURVE AND SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US DON'T FORGET IF YOU ARE TRAVELING ABROAD, YOU MAY HAVE TO SUBMIT TO THE MEASURES IN PLACE IN THOSE COUNTRIES SO YOUR ONE-WEEK TRIP COULD END UP LASTING MUCH LONGER AND ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH CARE IN THOSE COUNTRIES COULD ALSO BE LIMITED AND PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES HAVE SET UP ADDITIONAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR EXAMPLE, FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS MOST NOTABLY WE ALSO NEED TO DO THINGS IN CANADA TO FLATTEN THE EPIDEMIC CURVE

ALL TRAVELERS ARRIVING IN CANADA WILL HAVE TO BE CAREFUL TO SELF-MONITOR FOR SYMPTOMS WHEN THEY RETURN IF YOU ARE RETURNING FROM IRAN, ITALY OR HUBEI PROVINCE IN CHINA, WE'RE ASKING YOU TO SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS AND TO COMMUNICATE WITH LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES WE ARE ALSO ASKING TRAVELERS ARRIVING IN CANADA FROM ABROAD TO CONSIDER SELF-ISOLATING AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT AS MANY CANADIANS AS POSSIBLE REMAIN IN GOOD HEALTH AND ONE WAY OF ACHIEVING THIS IS SOCIAL DISTANCING

SOCIAL DISTANCING IS SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE CAN DO IT CAN HELP US CONTROL THE SPREAD IT MEANS AVOIDING HIGH-TRAFFIC AREAS AND NONESSENTIAL GATHERINGS CONSIDER SHOPPING OR TAKING PUBLIC TRANSIT OUTSIDE OF PEAK HOURS AND GREETING PEOPLE BY TAPPING ELBOWS INSTEAD OF HAVING A HANDSHAKE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, STAND A COUPLE OF ARM'S LENGTHS AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE

THE TIME HAS COME FOR ORGANIZERS TO DEFER, CANCEL OR CHANGE THEIR PLANS IF THERE ARE PLANS TO HAVE LARGE GATHERINGS LIKE CONCERTS, CONFERENCES AND LARGE SOCIAL OR RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS WE ALL NEED TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IF YOU ARE SICK, DO NOT ATTEND MASS GATHERINGS AND DO NOT ATTEND PLACES WHERE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE EVERYONE KNEES TO FLATTEN THE CURVE WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOR AND ADOPT GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE PRACTICES LIKE WASH ONE'S HANDS FREQUENTLY AND PRACTICING [INAUDIBLE]

THANK YOU >> DR TAM ISSUED A FORMAL HEALTH ADVISORY ON THE 9TH OF MARCH, ADVISING CANADIANS TO AVOID TRAVELING ON CRUISE SHIPS I'M HERE TO ANNOUNCE ANOTHER PART OF THAT PROGRAMME AND THAT IS, AS YOU KNOW, THE CRUISE SHIP SEASON BEGINS AT THE BEGINNING OF APRIL HERE IN CANADA [SPEAKING FRENCH]

>> Interpreter: DECIDING TO TAKE SMALL MEASURES AND NOTABLY WE'VE DECIDED THAT CRUISE SHIPS DEPORTING OVER 500 PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP IN CANADA UNTIL JULY 1 AT THAT POINT, WE WILL REVIEW THE SITUATION AND SEE IF THINGS HAVE IMPROVED THIS WILL APPLY THROUGH HFP-IN THE ARCTIC, RATHER, FOR THE ENTIRE 2020 SEASON BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT [INAUDIBLE] RESOURCES IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY THESE DECISIONS WERE NOT EASY TO MAKE WE ARE AWARE OF THE IMPACT THAT THEY WILL HAVE IN COMMUNITIES

>> THE SITUATION AFTER THE 30TH OF JUNE IF THINGS HAVE IMPROVED, THEN AT THAT MOMENT WE'LL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHETHER WE CAN ALLOW THE CRUISE SHIP SEASON TO RESUME IN THE CASE OF CRUISE SHIPS THAT ARE SMALLER, WE WILL BE PUTTING — AND THAT INCLUDES FERRIES, BY THE WAY WE WILL BE PUTTING IN PLACE A SERIES OF ADDITIONAL HEALTH MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT THOSE THAT WILL BE ON THE SMALLER SHIPS AND ON THESE FERRIES, THAT THEY NEED TO BE TAKEN FOR THEIR HEALTH ARE TAKEN WE WILL BE SPEAKING ABOUT ONE ADDITIONAL MEASURE THAT WE MADE ABOUT TODAY AND THE CONCERNS OVERSEAS INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

AND THAT DECISION IS ABOUT OVERSEAS INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS COMING INTO CANADA WILL BE RESTRICTED TO A SMALLER IS NUMBER OF AIRPORTS WE'RE WORKING OUT THE SPECIFIC AIRPORTS AT THIS TIME BUT WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A PRECAUTION THAT WE SHOULD TAKE SO THAT WE CONCENTRATE ANY OVERSEAS INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS COMING INTO CANADA TO A SMALLER NUMBER OF AIRPORTS AND WE'LL HAVE DETAILS ON THAT VERY SHORTLY THANK YOU >> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE

I'D LIKE TO FIRST OF ALL BEGIN BY THANKING CANADIAN FOR COOPERATION AND THEIR DUE DILIGENCE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS WE KNOW THIS HAS BEEN A VERY CHALLENGING TIME BUT WE BELIEVE CANADA IS IN A STRONG POSITION BECAUSE WE ARE A NATION WHERE COLLABORATION AND COOPERATION FROM THE PUBLIC IS SO APPARENT AS I INDICATED PREVIOUSLY, WE HAVE ENHANCED OUR SCREENING MEASURES AND THOSE THINGS HAVE BEEN IN PLACE AT ALL OF OUR INTERNATIONAL PORTS OF ENTRY SINCE THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY IN MARCH, WE SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCED AND UPPED THE GAME OF ENSURING ADDITIONAL MEASURES WERE INCLUDED TO INCLUDE ALL LAND RAIL, MARINE PORTS OF ENTRY

SINCE THAT TIME, AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER MEASURES WE'VE TAKEN, BUT WE HAVE BEEN IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH ALL OF OUR INTERNATIONAL PROVINCES AND PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL COUNTERPARTS AS WELL AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AND AS MINISTER GARNEAU HAS INDICATED, TODAY WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THE AUTHORITIES AND REQUIREMENT AND CONSULTATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO ENSURE THAT INTERNATIONAL LIBELS IN SPECIFIC AREAS WILL ALLOW US TO CONCENTRATE OUR PRECIOUS RESOURCES FOR OUR BORDER SERVICES OFFICER AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS TO ENSURE THAT THEY CAN DO THE IMPORTANT JOB THAT CANADIANS REQUIRE OF SCREENING A VARIETY OF PASSENGERS TO MAKE SURE THAT, FIRST OF ALL, THEY ARE SAFE AND HEALTHY AND THEY ARE PROPERLY REFERRED AND DEALT WITH, SHOULD THEY BE SYMPTOMATIC OR NEED OUR ASSISTANCE AND TO ASSURE CANADIANS WE'RE TAKING ALL THE STEPS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THEIR HEALTH AND, YOU KNOW, WITH THE ADVISORIES THAT HAVE BEEN ISSUED TODAY, WITH THE WORKS THAT WE CONTINUE TO DO TOGETHER, WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INFORMED BY THE EXCELLENT WORK OF OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WE TAKE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE THANK YOU >> OK AND I BELIEVE THAT WE'RE NOW GOING TO HEAR FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

AND WE WILL THEN LEAVE THE ROOM AND ALL COME BACK YOU CAN GRILL HIM AND GRILL US TO YOUR HEART'S CONTENT AFTER THAT OK? [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> WE'RE VERY HAPPY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS AT THAT TIME AND I KNOW IT WILL BE A PLEASURE FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AS WELL

>> Rosemary: OK AN EXTRAORDINARY PRESS CONFERENCE BY SOME MINISTERS AND CANADA'S CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER AS WE'RE LOOKING THAT THE SHOT OF RIDEAU COTTAGE WHERE THE PRIME MINISTER LIVES WITH HIS FAMILY AND IT IS ALSO WHERE HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE SELF-ISOLATING TODAY AFTER A POSITIVE RESULT FOR HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GREGOIRE TRUDEAU'S TEST ON COVID-19 THE PRIME MINISTER HAS NOT BEEN TESTED, NOR HAS HIS — NOR HAVE HIS CHILDREN THEY ARE NOT SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS RIGHT NOW

BUT THEY ARE ALL NOW SELF-ISOLATING AT RIDEAU COTTAGE FOR THE NEXT 14 DAYS BECAUSE THAT IS THE ADVICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS LET ME TELL YOU A COUPLE OF IMPORTANT BITS OF NEWS THAT CAME OUT OF THAT PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE I BRING IN SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HELPING US WITH THEIR COVERAGE DR TERESA TAM, THE CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER, SAYS THAT CANADIANS RIGHT NOW SHOULD CANCEL OR POSTPONE ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL CRUISE SHIPS WITH 500 PEOPLE OR MORE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP IN CANADA UNTIL JULY 1

SMALLER CRUISE SHIPS OR FERRIES WILL BE GIVEN ADDITIONAL HEALTH MEASURES TO HELP THEM COPE WITH THINGS OVERSEAS FLIGHTS WILL NOW BE CONCENTRATED IN A COUPLE OF AIRPORTS THE LOCATIONS HAVE YET TO BE DETERMINED BUT THAT WILL HELP AS WELL TO SCREEN PEOPLE COMING IN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES RIGHT NOW THE ESSENTIAL MESSAGE EVERYONE SHOULD BE TAKING FROM WHAT WE HEARD JUST NOW IS DR

TERESA TAM'S ADVICE THAT CANADIANS CANCEL OR POSTPONE ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL THAT HAPPENING AS WE WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO COME OUT OF HIS HOME AND SPEAK TO REPORTERS WHO, I WOULD IMAGINE, ARE A FAIR WAYS BACK FROM WHERE THE PRIME MINISTER WILL BE SPEAKING, GIVEN THAT HE IS SELF-ISOLATING AND AFTER THAT, WE'LL GO BACK TO THE MINISTERS WHO SAY THEY WILL ANSWER FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS A SERIOUS RAMP-UP OF MEASURES TO TRY AND CONTAIN THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES IN THIS COUNTRY AND TO KEEP MADE THEN I CAN'TS SAFE 157 CASES OF CORONAVIRUS CONFIRMED IN CANADA ONE OF THEM CONFIRMED INSIDE THAT HOUSE THERE, SOPHIE GREGOIRE-TRUDEAU I BELIEVE MY COLLEAGUE VASSY KAPELOS, OF COURSE THE HOST OF "POWER & POLITICS", IS JOINING ME FROM HER STUDIO

BUT WE'LL KEEP THIS SHOT UP IN CASE THE PRIME MINISTER APPEARS AND HE IS SUPPOSED TO DO THAT AT ANY MOMENT IT'S PROBABLY IMPORTANT FOR CANADIANS TO SEE AND HEAR FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TODAY >> Vassy: YEAH, EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS FIRST OF ALL, WE NEED TO HEAR FROM HIM YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

THAT RECOMMENDATION TO ESSENTIALLY CANCEL YOUR TRAVEL, EM WHEN SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS PROVINCE AND OTHER PROVINCES ARE ABOUT TO LEAVE OR IN THE MIDST OF LEAVING OR THINKING ABOUT WHETHER THEY SHOULD LEAVE FOR MARCH BREAK AND WE HEARD FROM THE CURRENT WITH MATT GALLOWAY TALK ABOUT THE POTENTIAL AT THE BORDER MINISTER GARNEAU TALKED ABOUT HOW OVERSEAS FLIGHTS WILL BE LIMITED TO A SMALLER NUMBER OF AIRPORTS WE DON'T HAVE ANY DETAILS ON THAN A WE DON'T KNOW IF THAT IS THE FULL EXTENT OF WHAT THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO DO AT THE BORDER THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE PRIME MINISTER LEFT OPEN IN THAT INTERVIEW WITH MATT

SO, I'M VERY CURIOUS TO SEE AND DEFINITELY ANTICIPATING SOME COMMENTS FROM THE PRIME MINISTER ON THAT BEYOND ALL THAT LOGISTICAL STUFF, THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED TIME IN THIS COUNTRY A VERY SIGNIFICANT POINT WHERE THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS IS CONCERNED AND CANADIANS ARE MOST DEFINITELY WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE PRIME MINISTER ESPECIALLY SINCE HE'S DEALING WITH HIS OWN SITUATION THERE >> Suhana: WHICH REALLY BRINGS IT HOME FOR HIS FAMILY

I THINK FOR EVERYONE BECAUSE LEADERSHIP IS ALSO DEMONSTRATING THE THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO DO AND CERTAINLY HE HAS DONE THAT AFTER SELF-ISOLATING AND MAKING THAT DECISION YESTERDAY DAY COCHRANE IS THERE EARLIER IN THE WEEK, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED $1 BILLION FOR ESSENTIALLY HEALTH MEASURES, SUPPORT AROUND RESEARCH AND OTHER THINGS AND FOR PROVINCES

WI MIGHT HEAR OTHER MEASURES THIS IS THE DAY WHERE THE GOVERNMENT THROWS EVERYTHING IT HAS AT THIS >> THE FINANCE MINISTER WILL HAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2:00 TODAY TO ANNOUNCE, AS WE UNDERSTAND IT, SIGNIFICANT MEASURES TO BRING STABILITY TO THE ECONOMY DURING THIS COVID-19 OUTBREAK IF YOU LOOK AT THE TOTALITY OF WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE AND SCHOOLS BEING CLOSED, TRIPS BEING CANCELED, FLIGHTS BEING REROUTED WITH DEPLOYMENT AND ALL OF THE OTHER MEASURES ANNOUNCED FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE, THE RIM EFFECT OF ALL OF THAT THROUGH THE ECONOMY IS ENORMOUS AS ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN LOOKING AT STOCK MARKETS, FOR EXAMPLE, OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS SO WE MAY SEE THINGS FROM THE FINANCE MINISTER TODAY ON INFUSIONS OF CASH AT THE BANKS, LIQUIDITY AND THE STOCK MARKETS AND FINANCIAL MARKETS CAN WORK PROPERLY

THEY HAVE FLOATED THE IDEA OF GIVING CREDIT TO BUSINESSES AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO BUSINESSES BRIDGING THEM THROUGH THESE DIFFICULT TIMES BECAUSE CLEARLY THERE WILL BE LESS SPENDING AND LESS SOCIALIZING AND LESS TOURISM AND LESS RETAIL TRANSACTIONS IN A LOT OF KEY AREAS AND, OF COURSE, ALL OF THE WORKERS WILL BE AFFECTED OR HAVE TO TAKE TIME OFF BECAUSE DAYCARES MAY CLOSE PEOPLE NEED INCOME SUPPORT AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT, PARTICULARLY PEOPLE IN THE GIG ECONOMY OR PEOPLE WORKING HOURLY WAGES SO, THERE HAS BEEN A FORESHADOWING OF SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC MEASURES TO COME BILL MORNEAU DOING HIS THING AS A STAND

ALONE FROM ALL OF THESE OTHER MINISTERS SHOWS AN ACUTE FOCUS ON DEALING WITH THESE ISSUES I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A RIDEAU COLLEGE AND I'M OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT >> Rosemary: MY APOLOGIES, YEAH >> Reporter: WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GET THE BUDGET ON THE 30TH OF MARCH WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW

PABLO RODRIGUEZ, THE HOUSE LEADER, SAID WITH THE SUSPENSION OF PARLIAMENT, THEY ALL AGREED THAT IS BUDGET DATE WOULD BE CHANGED THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT AND PMO IS SAYING THAT IS STILL TO BE DETERMINED AND TO BE DECIDED

THEY CAN DELIVER A BUDGET WITHOUT PARLIAMENT SITTING AND THEY HAVEN'T GIVEN THE FINANCIAL AUTHORITY TO RESPOND TO THE PANDEMIC WHILE PARLIAMENT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED WE HAVE A DOWN PAYMENT OF BILLION DOLLARS ON WEDNESDAY AND THE SECOND BIG PAYMENT COMING AND THEN WHEN IT DOES HAPPEN ON THE 30TH, WE COULD SEE EVEN MORE BUT THE CAUTION IS YOU WON'T SEE ALL OF IT AT ONCE BECAUSE THIS IS A FLUID CHANGING SITUATION SO, THE RESPONSE SHOULD ALWAYS BE FLUID AND NIMBLE AND CHANGING >> Rosemary: DAVID DID MENTION THAT PARLIAMENT MADE THE DECISION UNANIMOUSLY TO SUSPEND THE CITY, BOTH IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND SENATE

WE ARE NOW LOOKING AT A SHOT OF RIDEAU COTTAGE IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW, THAT IS WHERE THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA LIVES, FOR NOW BECAUSE 24 SUSSEX IS NOT REALLY HABITABLE THAT IS WHERE HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE CURRENTLY SELF-ISOLATING FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AND THEY ARE DOING THAT BECAUSE THE PRIME MINISTER'S WIFE, SOPHIE GREGOIRE TRUDEAU, AFTER A TRIP TO LONDON, ENGLAND WAS NOT FEELING WELL AND EXPERIENCE ADD MILD FEVER

GOT TESTED FOR KOIFDS AND — COVID-19 AND LAST NIGHT IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT SHE DID, INDEED, CONTRACT THE VIRUS THE PRIME MINISTER IS SAID TO BE IN GOOD HEALTH NOT SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS HE HAS NOT BEEN TESTED BUT HE AND HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN ARE STAYING IN THE HOUSE, SELF-ISOLATING AS THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA IS TELLING ANYONE TO DO IF, INDEED, YOU TESTED POSITIVE OR HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OR YOU'VE BEEN TRAVELING

HE TWEETED AN INSTAGRAM OF PHOTOS WORKING IN HIS HOME OFFICE, MAKING A VARIETY OF CALLS AND HOLDING A CABINET MEETING EARLIER TODAY G-7 LEADERS HAVE AGREED AT THIS STAGE TO HAVE A MEETING AND EXTRAORDINARY VIDEO CONFERENCE MEETING ON MONDAY TO DISCUSS COVID-19 AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT BECAUSE THAT IS THE OTHER PART OF THIS STORY AS WELL AS THE HEALTH AND PUBLIC HEALTH OF CANADIANS IT IS THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT DAVID WAS TALK ABOUT THERE AND WE'RE SET ALSO TO HEAR FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES LATER TODAY WHO SAYS THAT HE HAS NEW INFORMATION, TOO, TWEETING THAT IT'S POSSIBLE THAT THIS — THE TEST, WHICH HAS BEEN A MAJOR PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES, WILL RAMP UP WE DID HEAR FROM TERESA TAM TODAY THAT CANADA HAS TEST MORE THAN 15,000 CANADIANS TO DATE, SAYING THAT 157, AT LEAST AT THE MOMENT WHERE SHE SPOKE, HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED

VASSY, I'LL BRING YOU BACK IN AS WE WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO EMERGE FROM HIS HOME TO SPEAK TO CANADIANS I GUESS THIS QUESTION OF THE BUDGET AND THE MONEY THAT MIGHT BE NEEDED TO SUPPORT CANADIANS, THAT IS GOING TO NEED TO BE REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT IN THE COMING WEEKS AS, FOR INSTANCE, IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC NOW, SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN SO PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH ARRANGEMENTS OR MAYBE NOT GO TO WORK >> Vassy: EXACTLY

AND FROM THE INFORMATION THAT I'M GATHERING RIGHT NOW, THAT IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT THIS AFTERNOON AT LEAST IN PART FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FINANCE MINISTER AND MAYBE WE'LL HEAR SOMETHING ABOUT IT FROM THE PRIME MINISTER AS WELL PARTICULARLY IT HAS TO DO WITH A LARGE SECT OF THE POPULATION THAT WAS NOT REALLY ADDRESSED IN THAT $1 BILLION ANNOUNCEMENT I THINK IT WAS WEDNESDAY BUT THE $1 BILLION, PART OF THATED A DRESS SORT OF E

I FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE EITHER QUARANTINED OR HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED AND, THEREFORE, WERE SELF-ISOLATING APARTMENTS OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO STAY HOME IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR KIDS NOW THAT SCHOOLS ARE SHUT OR HAVE TO STAY HOME BECAUSE THEY AREN'T FEELING WELL THE MESSAGE WE RECEIVED OVER AND OVER AGAIN, IS IF YOU FEEL AT ALL SICK, YOU SHOULD NOT BE GOING TO WORK THE PROBLEM IS, OF COURSE, SO MANY PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED AND DON'T HAVE SICK DAY COVERAGE OR AN EXTEND AMOUNT OF SICK DAY COVERAGE

SO, MY EXPECTATION IS THERE WILL BE SOMETHING IN HERE TODAY FOR THAT ALL AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE FACT THAT AS YOU'VE BEEN TALK ABOUT IS THE BUDGET, WE DON'T KNOW WHEN, WILL BE INTRODUCED AT SOME POINT DOES THIS NOW GO INTO ORIENTED AROUND THE HUGE HIT THE ECONOMY IS ALREADY TAKING AND ABOUT TO TAKE AS A RESULT OF ALL THESE SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT HEALTH MEASURES >> Rosemary: IF YOU ARE JUST TUNING IN HERE ON CBC OR CBC NEWS NETWORK, WE ARE BRINGING YOU A LIVE SPECIAL AT THIS HOUR, WAYING TO HEAR FROM PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU ADDRESSING THE NATION ABOUT HOW THE COUNTRY IS DOING WITH COVID-19, WHAT HIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO HELP MANAGE THE FALLOUT OF THAT

THAT IS RIDEAU AND HIS FAMILY WHERE THEY ARE SELF-ISOLATING AN EFFECT THAT WILL AFFECT MANY MORE CANADIANS IF THIS STARTS TO SPREAD THE WAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT IT WILL, GIVEN THE RATHER DRASTIC MEASURES THAT WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY AND I THINK THE KEY ONES FOR EVERYONE TO HEAR AGAIN AND AGAIN IS THAT THE CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER IS TELLING CANADIANS THEY SHOULD CANCEL ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL AND CERTAINLY IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND SPRING BREAK STARTS AT THE END OF THE DAY TODAY THAT WILL HAVE A DRAMATIC EFFECT ON MANY PEOPLE, MANY FAMILIES OTHER SPRING BREAKS HAVE HAPPENED BUT STILL TO COME IN MANITOBA, FOR INSTANCE

DAVID, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE STILL THERE, BUT YOU DID THE STORY YESTERDAY FOR "THE NATIONAL" ABOUT HOW SOPHIE TRUDEAU WAS DOING AND HOW THE FAMILY WAS COPING I DON'TEN IF WE GOT A SENSE OF HOW THEY WERE MANAGING THE SITUATION OR HOW SHE'S FEELING AND HOW HE'S FEELING, THE PRIME MINISTER >> Reporter: WE DID GET THE STATEMENT FROM SOPHIE GREGOIRE TRUDEAU SAYING THANK YOU FOR REACHING OUT TO HER SHE SAID I'M RESTING COMFORTABLY IN QUARANTINE AT HOME AND HER SITUATION IS FAR BETTER, SHE SAYS, THAN OTHER CANADIANS WHO ARE DEALING WITH THIS OR DEALING WITH MORE URGENT AND CHRONIC HEALTH CONCERNS A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN A DIFFICULT TIME IS THE WAY TO DESCRIBE IT AND IT WAS CLEAR THAT THEY HAVE SAID THAT THE PRIME MINISTER IS FINE

HE IS NOT BEING TESTED AND THAT IS ON THE ADVICE OF MEDICAL EXPERTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THERE IS IF YOU LOOK AT THE ENTIRETY OF THEIR RESPONSE AS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ROSEY, IT HAS BEEN GUIDED AND LED BY SCIENCE AND MEDICAL E — EXPERTISE WITH AS LITTLE POLITICS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, EVEN WHEN IT INVOLVES THE PRIME MINISTER'S PERSONAL HEALTH SO, THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT SITUATION BECAUSE HE'S IN ISOLATION NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER SEAMUS O'REGAN IS ALSO IN ISOLATION WHILE HE AWAITS A TEST AND MARY NG IS ALSO IN ISOLATION BECAUSE SHE HAS ASTHMA ISSUES JAGMEET SINGH IN ISOLATION

THERE ARE CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT PLANS, DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF ALL THIS AND HOW WIDESPREAD IT GOES THEY ALL HAVE ENCRYPTED COMPUTERS AND PHONES THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO CONTINUE TO RUN A G-7 COUNTRY AND G-7 ECONOMY WHILE IN SELF-ISOLATION AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS TAKING STEPS TO DEAL WITH THIS SPEAKING WITH AN A OFFICIAL THE OTHER DAY, THE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAMME, FOR EXAMPLE, IS ONE OF AVENUES TO HELP PEOPLE WHO MIGHT LOSE THEIR JOB OR HAVE THEIR INCOME INTERRUPTED AS A WAY OF MAKING SURE THEY CAN GET PAID WHAT HAPPENS IF THE VIRUS HITS THE WORKFORCE AS THE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROCESSING CENTRES THEY HAVE TO COME UP WITH CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR ALL OF THIS

SO, THERE IS A PANDEMIC PLAN THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH AN INFLUENZA OUTBREAK IT WAS DEVELOPED POST-SARS, ONE OF THE MANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE SYSTEMIC AND MEDICAL FAILURES IN THE SARS OUTBREAK YEARS AGO AND THAT HAS BEEN THE BASELINE THAT THEY ARE FOLLOWING TO DEAL WITH THIS WHETHER IT'S THE PRIME MINISTER'S OWN PERSONAL HEALTH AND THAT OF HIS FAMILY AND WIFE SOPHIE GREGOIRE TRUDEAU TERESA TAM, OUR CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, IS ONE OF THE ADVISERS FOR THE W

HO AND SHE IS IN THAT ROOM AND SHE HAS THE BEST INFORMATION ON HOW TO RESPOND TO THIS PANDEMIC >> Rosemary: AS WELL AS TELLING CANADIANS THEY SHOULD AVOID ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY, THE CANADIAN MILITARY IS ALSO BANNING ALL FOREIGN TRAVEL AND NONESSENTIAL PERSONNEL TO STAY HOME AND PEOPLE WHO ARE DEPLOYED OVERSEAS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN TO CANADA RIGHT NOW IF THAT HAD BEEN PART OF THE INTENT

I THINK WE WILL GO TO CHRIS ENSING HE IS IN WINDSOR OF COURSE, THAT IS JUST ACROSS FROM DETROIT AND, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF THE PROCESS HAS ALREADY CHANGED THERE, CHRIS GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT YOU ARE SEEING AND HEARING TODAY

>> I THINK A BIG PART OF WHAT'S GOING ON IS WE DON'T HAVE A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 AT THE MOMENT TESTING IS ONGOING FOR SOME PEOPLE, BUT IT HASN'T HIT IN WINDSOR AND WHAT WE NOTICED ACROSS THE BORDER IN MICHIGAN IS THE INCREASE IN CASES THERE'S 12 RIGHT NOW WE HEARD FROM THEIR TOP DOCTOR THERE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH FEDERAL TESTS

THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THAT IN MICHIGAN AND THAT HAS CREATED WORRIES AT THE BORDER THERE'S 6,000 OR 7,000 PEOPLE THAT CROSS FROM WINDSOR INTO MICHIGAN EVERY SINGLE DAY AND THE MAJORITY OF THOSE PEOPLE WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT CHEQUE CHECKS — WHAT CHECKS ARE IN PLACE AT THErd BOER AT CERTAIN POINTS AN OFFICER MAY BE ABLE TO PULL YOU ASIDE TO GO THROUGH A MORE THOROUGH SCREENING IF YOU RAISE FLAGS

BUT THE UNION OF THE BORDER PATROL OFFICERS FOR CBSA, FOR PEOPLE COMING FROM MICHIGAN INSIDE HERE, THEY ARE CALLING FOR MORE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND WHO ARE QUARANTINED OFFICERS RIGHT NOW IF SOMEBODY DOES PRESENT SOMETHING TO AN OFFICER WITH THE CBSA THAT RAISES CONCERN ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS OR COVID-19, THAT OFFICE HER GO THROUGH A LINE OF QUESTIONING WITH THAT PERSON BUT THE QUARANTINE OFFICER, THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN LEGALLY PLACE THAT TRAVELER INTO QUARANTINE IS COMMUNICATING WITH THE OFFICER THROUGH PHONE SO THEY'RE NOT ON THE GROUND IT IS LIKE GOING TO A DOCTOR'S OFFICE AND HAVING THE DOCTOR ON THE CELL PHONE WHILE TRYING TO CHECK YOU OUT

THE UNION IS TRYING TO ADD MORE PEOPLE PUT ON THE GROUND THERE IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THAT'S PART OF WHAT HAPPENS WITH THOSE MEASURES IT HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT IS ON THE MIND OF PEOPLE HERE IN WINDSOR RIGHT NOW, IN THIS MOMENT, WE'RE GETING AN UPDATE IN THIS HOUR PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO CONTINUE THAT SELF-ISOLATION AND SOCIAL DISTANCING TO KEEP IT THAT WAY

>> Rosemary: OK THANK YOU SO MUCH WE'RE ABOUT A MINUTE AND A HALF AWAY FROM THE PRIME MINISTER COMING OUT OF HIS HOME THERE AT RIDEAU COTTAGE YOU MIGHT HAVE SOME NEWS, DAVID? >> Reporter: LOOK, WE'RE FOCUS ON THE NEWS TODAY OF BIG NEW MEASURES IN TERMS OF EXTRA SCREENING AND DIVERSION OF FLIGHTS, CANCELING YOUR TRAVEL PLANS I DON'T THINK YOU CAN STRESS THIS ENOUGH AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THIS AT EVERY SINGLE AVAILABILITY THEY'VE HAD SINCE THIS OUTBREAK

IT IS THE SINGLE INDIVIDUAL CHOICES AND ACTIONS THAT PEOPLE MAKE AND DO THAT IS THE FRONT HIND OF DEFENDING AGAINST THE SPREAD OF THIS SOAP WILL SAVE LIVES YOU CAN EXERCISE APPROPRIATE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND IN ADDITION TO DON'T GO TO FLORIDA FOR SPRING BREAK, THERE ARE RECOMMENDATIONS TO SHOP AT OFF-PEAK HOURS AND USE PUBLIC TRANSIT AT OFF-PEAK HOURS THESE ARE THE MEASURES THAT PLACES LIKE KOREA AND CHINA, WHICH HAVE GONE SUPER AGGRESSIVE ON THE ISOLATION MEASURES, EVEN REMOVING CHILDREN FROM FAMILIES WHEN THERE IS A CASE SPREAD INSIDE A FAMILY UNIT, HAVE SHOWN TO BE EFFECTIVE SO PEOPLE, I THINK, YOU CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH

IT GETS LOST IN THE BIG HEADLINES OF MARKET TUMBLES AND BORDER CLOSURES AND TRAVEL BANS BUT THIS HAS BEEN THE CONSISTENT MESSAGE FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ON DOWN THAT THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS IS CHANGE THOSE INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOURS I'VE SCRUBBED MY HANDS RAW OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS BECAUSE — I'M GOING TO BE QUIET BECAUSE THERE'S THE PRIME MINISTER >> Rosemary: YES JUSTIN TRUDEAU EMERGING FROM HIS HOME THERE AT RIDEAU COTTAGE TO SPEAK TO CANADIANS

LET'S LISTEN TO HIM NOW >> Prime Minister Trudeau: GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE YESTERDAY I SHARED WITH YOU THAT MY WIFE SOPHIE WAS BEING TESTED FOR COVID-19 AND THAT TEST DID COME BACK POSITIVE SOPHIE'S SYMPTOMS REMAIN MILD, BUT WE'RE FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE AND TAKING EVERY PRECAUTION SHE WILL REMAIN IN ISOLATIONS FOR THE TIME BEING

WE ARE THINKING ABOUT ALL THE FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE SAME DIAGNOSIS BUT WE'RE IN GOOD HANDS WE HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN CANADA'S HEALTH OFFICIALS AND PROFESSIONALS THIS MEANS THAT, UPON MY DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION, I WILL REMAIN IN SELF-ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS I WANT TO BE CLEAR — I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS AND I'M FEELING GOOD AND TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS ME TO WORK FROM HOME

OF COURSE, IT'S AN INCONVENIENCE AND SOMEWHAT FRUSTRATING WE ARE ALL SOCIAL BEINGS, AFTER ALL BUT WE HAVE TO DO THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBOURS AND OUR FRIENDS, ESPECIALLY OUR MORE VULNERABLE SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS WE ARE FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE AS SHOULD ALL CANADIANS

ON THAT NOTE, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF CANADA'S HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY WHO ARE DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB SUPPORTING AND LOOKING AFTER ALL OF US [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: [INAUDIBLE] HAD BECOME TESTED FOR COVID-19 AND TESTED POSITIVE AND WE ARE TAKING ALL POSSIBLE PRECAUTIONS SHE WILL, THEREFORE, REMAIN IN SELF-ISOLATION

FOR AN INDETERMINANT PERIOD WE ARE THINKING AS WELL ABOUT CANADIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO RECEIVED THE SAME DIAGNOSIS WE ARE IN GOOD HAND AND HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND HEALTH CARE OFFICIALS HOOER IN CANADA THAT MEANS THAT FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATION OF MY OWN PHYSICIAN, I WILL BE IN SELF-ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS I WANT TO BE CLEAR

I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS I FEEL VERY WELL AND I'M WORKING FROM HOME OUT OF PRECAUTION TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS US TO WORK AT HOME AND OF COURSE IT IS NOT IDEAL AND SOMEWHAT FRUSTRATING AFTER ALL, WE'RE ALL SOCIAL BEINGS AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE MUST DOS IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS

PARTICULARLY THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS WE ARE FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE LIKE ALL CANADIANS SHOULD BE DOING RIGHT NOW I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK ALL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA, WHICH IS DOING EXEMPLARY WORK I NOW WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT CANADA WILL BE DOING TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY AND SECURITY AND PROTECT YOUR HEALTH YESTERDAY I HAD A DISCUSSION WITH A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL LEADERS, INCLUDING PRESIDENT TRUMP OF THE UNITED STATES, PRIME MINISTER JOHNSON AND PRIME MINISTER CONTI IN ITALY

I ALSO TOOK PART OF THE MEETING OF THE SPECIAL CABINET COMMITTEE MEETING ON COVID-19 AND I HAD TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH FINANCE MINISTERS WITH RESPECT TO THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLC THIS MORNING, I HAD A CABINET MEETING AND SPOKE TO PRESIDENT MACRON OF FRANCE

THOSE DISCUSSIONS WILL CONTINUE IN THE COMING DAYS EARLIER TODAY, MINISTERS BLAIR, HAJDU DID ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE RECOMMENDING THAT CANADIANS AVOID ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY WE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE CRUISE SHIP SEASON WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY AND WE WILL BE TIGHTENING CONTROL MEASURES AT AIRPORTS WE WILL BE LOOKING TO BETTER CONTROL INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN CANADA >> Prime Minister Trudeau: ANNOUNCED THAT CANADIANS HAVE BEEN TOLD TO CURTAIL NONESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND THE CRUISE SEASON IS SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY

AND WE ARE BRINGING IN ADDITIONAL SCREENING MEASURES AT AIRPORTS WE ARE ALSO STREAMLINING OVERSEAS ARRIVALS TO BE BETTER POSITIONED FOR SCREENINGFUL YESTERDAY WE SAW MANY PROVINCES TAKE STRONG STEPS TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE THEY ARE DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR EXEMPLARY WORK LATER TODAY I'LL HAVE A CALL WITH PREMIERS TO DISCUSS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND CO-ORDINATE OUR EFFORTS INCLUDING THE OVER $1 BILLION COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND WHICH PROVIDES MONEY TO THE PROVINCE AND TERRITORIES TO SUPPORT PREPARATION AND MITIGATION THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT STEPS AND WE WILL DO MORE

THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES ARE FACING VARIOUS LEVELS OF RISK, BUT WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT WE ALIGN OUR RESPONSE ACROSS COUNTRY ED DRESSING COVID-19 MUST BE A TEAM CANADA EFFORT TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AND MITIGATE THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE VIRUS, ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING TOGETHER WE ARE TALKING REGULARLY, COORDINATING EFFORTS AND FOLLOWING THE SITUATION VERY CLOSELY AND WE'RE PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS I KNOW THAT YOU'RE WORRIED

YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH ABOUT YOUR JOB, YOUR SAVINGS, ABOUT PAYING RENT ABOUT THE KIDS NOT BEING IN SCHOOL I KNOW YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT UNCERTAINTY IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY THE STEPS BEING TAKEN TO KEEP YOU SAFE HAVE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT

WHAT IS ALSO TRUE IS THAT WE'RE IN THE ENVIABLE POSITION OF HAVING SIGNIFICANT FISCAL FIRE POWER AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT YOU THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE MEASURES WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN THE FINANCE MINISTER IS ALSO IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH HIS INTERNATIONAL COUNTERPARTICIPATES TO FIND WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER, TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF THE VIRUS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY WE WILL HAVE FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS SHORTLY THIS AFTERNOON A THE AGREEMENT WE REACHED WITH OTHER PARTIES TO SUSPEND THE HOUSE TODAY ALSO GIVES US THE FLEXIBILITY TO DO THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO SUPPORT CANADIANS

NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PAYING RENT, BUYING GROCERIES OR ADDITIONAL CHILD CARE BECAUSE OF COVID-19 THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA WILL BE INTRODUCING A SIGNIFICANT FISCAL STIMULUS PACKAGE IN THE DAYS AHEAD [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA WILL BE ANNOUNCING A SIGNIFICANT FISCAL STIMULATIONS PACKAGE IN THE COMING DAYS I KNOW THERE ARE MANY OF YOU WHO ARE WORRIED

WORRIED FOR YOU AND THE HEALTH OF YOUR FAMILIES WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE MUST DO TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMY AND WE ARE IN A VERY ADVANTAGEOUS FISCAL POSITION ALL ORDERS OF GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS LIKE YOU ARE ALL TAKING PRECAUTIONS HERE IN CANADA, WE HAVE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE INCREDIBLE AND DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB

>> Prime Minister Trudeau: BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS ARE TAKING PRETAUTIONS WE HAVE OUTSTANDING PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES WHO ARE DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB >> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: YOU TALKED ABOUT MEASURES TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN TRAVELERS COMING IN TO CANADA COULD YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC

WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU THINKING OF? DO YOU MEAN THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS? WILL YOU BE TARGETING SPECIFIC COUNTRIS? PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED THAT THIS MAY BE CONCERNED IF THEY'RE COMING IN FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING? WE'RE WORKING ON THE SPECIFIC MEASURES BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE'RE REDUCING THE NUMBER OF AIRPORTS THAT WILL BE BRINGING IN INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS IN ORDER TO BETTER STREAMLINE THOSE PASSENGERS AND ASSESS THEM TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF CANADIANS WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT THE ORIGINS OF FLIGHTS AND TRAVEL TO DETERMINE IF OTHER STEPS ARE REQUIRED AND WE WILL BE WORKING EVERY SINGLE DAY TO ENSURE SAFE TRAVEL >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE WILL GIVE THE PROPER RESOURCE ON ALL ARRIVALS TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP CANADIANS AND CANADA SAFE WE'RE OBVIOUSLY LOOKING AT COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN AND FURTHER MEASURES THAT WE CAN TAKE

WE WILL MAKE THOSE DECISIONS ON THE BEST SCIENCE, THE BEST RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR HEALTH OFFICIALS >> Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: IS ONE OF THE OPTIONS THE POSSIBILITY OF CLOSING THE BORDER TO CERTAIN CRITERIAS AND WHAT WOULD YOU APPLY? THE NUMBER OF CASES IN CANADA OR THAT SORT OF THING? WELL, OUR ASSESSMENT CRITERIA ARE ENTIRELY BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF EXPERTS AND OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WE HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN HEALTH CARE AUTHORITIES HERE AND AROUND THE WORLD AND WE WILL BE FOLLOWING THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS WE WILL NOT BE RULING OUT ANY POSSIBLE STEP

WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THE WORK THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING FOR WEEKS NOW, TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AND THAT WILL CONTINUE >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS OF MEDICAL EXPERTS, PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES AND TOP SCIENTISTS WE UNDERSTAND WE HAVE TAKEN SIGNIFICANT MEASURES OVER THE PAST WEEKS AND MONTHS TO ENSURE THAT CANADIANS ARE KEPT SAFE AND SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE DETERMINATIONS ABOUT HOW BEST TO DO THAT BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS OF EXPERTS WE'RE NOT CLOSING THE DOOR TO ANY FURTHER STEPS, BUT WE WILL MAKE THOSE DECISIONS BASED ON WHAT SCIENCE TELLS US

>> Reporter: NELSON MANDELA, SIR "NATIONAL POST", SIR THE FINANCIAL MARKETS HAD TWO OF THEIR WORST DAYS ON RECORD THIS WEEK YOU TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT'S FISCAL POWER WHY HAVEN'T WE USED IT YET AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: TWO DAYS AGO, WE ANNOUNCED A BILLION-DOLLAR PLAN TO INVEST IN HEALTH AND SUPPORT CANADIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

WE'VE ALSO PUT FORWARD MEASURES THAT WILL STRENGTHEN EISM AND HOPE CANADIANS WE RECOGNIZE THERE IS MUCH MORE TO DO WE DO NOT WANT ANY CANADIAN TO HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO PAY THEIR RENT OR WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO BUY GROCERIES OR CARE FOR THEIR KIDS OR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT CANADIANS HAVE THE OPTIONS AND THE ABILITY TO FOLLOW THE BEST PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE AND KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE THAT IS WHAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON AND WE'LL BE ROLLING OUT THOSE MEASURES IN THE COMING DAYS THE FINANCE MINISTER WILL MAKE FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS LATER TODAY ON CONCRETE MEASURES TO SUPPORT OUR ECONOMY BUT FURTHER TO THAT, IN CONVERSATIONS WITH MY FELLOW G-7 LEADERS, WE HAVE AGREED IT WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR US TO CO-ORDINATE AT A G-7 LEVEL TO IMPACT THE ECONOMY WE'LL BE FOLLOWING UP ON THOSE IN THE COMING DAYS AS WELL

>> Reporter: [INAUDIBLE] AFFECTED INDUSTRIS? >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s WE ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO HELP CANADIANS DIRECTLY, YES PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE CANADIANS WHO ARE GOING TO BE PARTICULARLY SQUEEZED IF THEY DON'T GET — AREN'T ABLE TO GO TO WORK THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS WE'RE FOCUSED ON WE ALSO KNOW THAT SMALL BUSINESSES MAY STRUGGLE THROUGH OR WILL STRUGGLE THROUGH THIS PERIOD OF ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN, OF PEOPLE CHOOSING TO STAY AT HOME AND PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES WE WILL LOOK AT HOW TO SUPPORT THEM SO THAT ONCE WE GET THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME OUR ECONOMY AND CANADIANS WILL CONTINUE TO PROSPER

[SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: WE ARE LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN PROVIDE DIRECT SUPPORT TO CANADIANS WHO ARE IN MORE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS BECAUSE OF NOT HAVING ANY PAYCHEQUE WE KNOW THAT CAN HAVE A SEVERE EFFECT ON THE ABILITY TO PAY RENTS OR LOOK AFTER THEIR CHILDREN OR SENIORS TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE SO, WE WILL BE TAKING DIRECT STEPS TO SUPPORT CANADIANS IN DIFFICULTY AND WE'LL ALSO LOOK TO HELP SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES THAT WILL BE FACING A NUMBER OF DIFFICULT WEEKS AS WE RESPOND TO THE THREAT OF THIS VIRUS

WE WILL ALSO BE ANNOUNCING MEASURE THIS IS AFTERNOON THROUGH THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND, AS WELL, EARLY NEXT WEEK WITH ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO DIRECTLY HELP CANADIANS >> OBVIOUSLY WE WISH GOOD HEALTH TO ALL CANADIANS BUT IF YOU ARE TO FALL ILL, MEMBERS OF YOUR CABINET, FOR INSTANCE, WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR GOVERNING? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE HAVE CONTINUED TO ENGAGE I'VE BEEN VERY BUSY BOTH YESTERDAY AND TODAY, WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK FROM HOME REMOTELY TO DO THE IMPORTANT THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE WE HAVE AN EXCEPTIONAL CABINET WORKING HARD ON ALL OF THESE ISSUES AS WELL

WE HAVE EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC SERVANTS WORKING AS WELL WE'LL DON'T DO THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE WHILE FOLLOWING ALL DIRECTIONS BY OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS >> Reporter: I DON'T THINK THAT INDICATES IF THERE WAS A CONTINGENCY PLAN IN PLACE IF YOU WERE TO FALL SICK I'M ALSO WONDERING WHY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TOLD YOU WHY YOU DON'T NEED TO BE TESTED >> Prime Minister Trudeau: FIRST OF ALL, THERE'S ALWAYS BEEN CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR MINISTERS WHO ARE SICK OR EVEN A PRIME MINISTER WHO HAS FALLEN ILL

WE'LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ALL OF THOSE CORRECT CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR NOW, I'M CONTINUING TO WORK EXTREMELY HARD FROM HOME IN TERMS OF ADVICE I'VE GOTTEN FROM MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, IT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME THAT AS LONG AS I DO NOT SHOW ANY SYMPTOMS AT ALL, THERE IS NO VALUE IN HAVING ME TESTED >> Reporter: [INAUDIBLE] >> Prime Minister Trudeau: [SPEAKING FRENCH]

>> Interpreter: I'M FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES WHO EXPLAINED TO ME AS LONG AS I DON'T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS, THERE IS NO POINT IN BEING TESTED YES, BUT THERE ARE CANADIANS WHO MAY BE WONDERING YOU'RE IN GOOD SHAPE WE KNOW THAT BUT YOU MAY HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS WITHOUT HAVING SYMPTOMS

NOW YOU ARE STILL SHARING THE SAME HOME AS YOUR WIFE SOPHIE WHY WILL YOU NOT BE TESTED SYSTEMATICALLY EVERY SINGLE DAY? WELL, THE ADVICE OF EXPERTS AND PHYSICIANS IS THAT, AS LONG AS I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS OR FEELING ANY SYMPTOMS, THERE IS NO POINT IN TESTING ME NOW WE UNDERSTAND THAT SOPHIE TRUDEAU CAME BACK LAST WEEKEND I KNOW THAT YOU MET WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE LAST WEEKEND IN TORONTO AND OTTAWA ALL WEEK ARE YOU NOT AFRAID THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VECTOR OF TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS? WELL, WE DID DISCUSS THAT WITH THE HEALTH — PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES

AND THE FACT THAT I HAVE NO SYMPTOM AND SHOW NO SYMPTOM WHATSOEVER OF THE CORONAVIRUS MEANS, ACCORDING TO THEM, THERE IS NO RISK FOR THE PEOPLE I MIGHT HAVE WORKED WITH OVER THOSE DAYS >> Prime Minister Trudeau: ACCORDING TO HEALTH OFFICIALS, THE FACT THAT I HAVE EXPRESSED ABSOLUTELY NO SYMPTOMS MEANS THAT ANYONE I ENGAGED WITH THIS WEEK HAS NOT BEEN PUT AT RISK >> Reporter: I'M WONDERING, GIVEN THE WARNINGS THAT CANADA HAS GIVEN ABOUT TRAVELING ABROAD, SHOULD CANADIANS STILL BE TRAVELING BETWEEN PROVINCES AND CITIES, GIVEN HOW DIFFERENT THE VIRUS IS SPREADING WITHIN CANADA? >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO MAKE RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS AND CHECK WITH THEIR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND THEIR OWN TRAVEL PLANS I KNOW THAT CANADIANS WILL LISTEN TO THE ADVICE OF EXPERTS AND MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILY ROHER CAN YOU DESCRIBE SPECIFICALLY WHAT YOUR SELF-ISOLATION MEANS BOTH FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR WIFE? YOU'RE OUTSIDE RIGHT NOW

IS YOUR WIFE STILL GOING OUTSIDE? IS YOUR FAMILY STILL GOING OUTSIDE? WHAT DOES SELF-ISOLATION ACTUALLY MEAN FOR YOUR FAMILY? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE, AS ARE MANY, MANY CANADIANS RIGHT NOW, FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY THE ADVICE THAT PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE TELLING US IN TERMS OF WHAT WE CAN DO AND SHOULDN'T DO >> Reporter: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: THAT MEANS I AM IN ISOLATION AS ARE MY CHILDREN AND MY WIFE IS IN QUARANTINE >> Reporter: PRIME MINISTER, IN YOUR CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP YESTERDAY, WAS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT FUTURE ACCESS OF CANADIANS TO CROSS THE US BORDER AND SHOULD THE SITUATION WORSEN

AND DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS GIVEN THE US SLOW RESPONSE TO THIS, ABOUT AMERICANS COMING HERE? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS IN THE UNITED STATES TO CO-ORDINATE OUR EFFORTS AT THE BORDER AND TO ALIGN OUR EFFORTS THERE IS CERTAINLY ONGOING CONVERSATIONS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BE HAD AS THE SITUATION EVOLVES, BUT I'M CONFIDENT WE'LL CONTINUE TO WONGER CLOSELY WITH THE AMERICANS TO KEEP PEOPLE IN NORTH AMERICA SAFE, PARTICULARLY TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE ON THAT, IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT IT WAS ONE PIECE OF GOOD NEWS THAT COMES OUT OF THIS WALL STREETING IS THAT THE NEW NAFTA HAS NOW BEEN FULLY PASSED AND RATIFIED AND IS NOW AWAITING ROYAL ASCENTS WHICH SHOULD HAPPEN QUICKLY

>> Reporter: CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SITUATION DOMESTICALLY HERE IN A LITTLE MORE DETAIL IS YOUR WIFE HERE IN THIS HOUSE, ARE ALL THREE KIDS SNEER IF SO, A QUESTION THAT A LOT OF CANADIANS ARE DEALING WITH, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP THEM OCCUPIED FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: MOST OF THE MORNING, KIDS HAVE BEEN DOING LEGO AND THE — MY WIFE HAS BEEN ON THE PHONE TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY I'VE BEEN ON THE PHONES WITH MACRON AND CABINET AND OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF MY TEAM AS WE WORK TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE >> Reporter: WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST CONCERN ABOUT CANADA'S PREPAREDNESS AT THIS POINT? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: MY CONCERN IS THAT CANADIANS CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES WE HAVE TO BE ALERT AND RESPONSIBLE

WE DON'T WANT TO PANIC BUT WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE THIS TOO LIGHTLY, EITHER FINDING THAT MIDDLE GROUND IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE CHALLENGING BY HAVE TREMENDOUS CONFIDENCE THAT CANADIANS WILL BE ABLE TO >> WHAT ARE YOU TELLING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE HEIGHTENED SENSE OF CONCERN IN THE COUNTRY AND ALSO HOW ARE YOU EXPLAINING SOME OF THE POLITICAL DECISIONS THAT YOU ARE MAKING? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE ARE OBVIOUSLY HAVING SOME VERY GOOD CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR KIDS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON, ABOUT HOW NOT TO BE OVERLY CONCERNED BUT A LITTLE BIT CONCERNED, WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY WHY THEY ARE HOME TODAY WITH US WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THOUGHTFUL CONVERSATION AS PARTNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL BE HAVING WITH THEIR KIDS

>> LAST QUESTION >> Reporter: PRIME MINISTER, GOOD AFTERNOON I JUST WONDERING IF YOU COULD WALK US THROUGH THE LOGIC THAT CANADAs HA NOT GONE THROUGH THE STEP OF RESTRIXING INTERNATIONAL TRAVELS THAT WE DON'T AGREE WITH SCIENCE IN THOSE COUNTRIES OR THE EXPERTS IN THOSE COUNTRIES THAT VAIK FOR SUCH A MOVE >> Prime Minister Trudeau: DIFFERENT COUNTRIS WILL HAVE EXPERTS THAT GIVE THEM ADVICE THAT IS SUITABLE FOR THEIR OWN SITUATION

WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS AND THE ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WE WILL RECALL IN THE NUMBER OF WEEKS AGO IN THE BEGINNINGS THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD ENTIRELY CLOSE OUR BORDERS TO CHINA THE WAY THE UNITED STATES DID AND THERE IS A WAY THAT HAS ALLOWED FOR CONTROL AND NONSPREAD OF THE VIRUS THAT GIVES US CONFIDENCE THAT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE GIVING US THE RIGHT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CANADA >> AND ON THE FISCAL STIMULUS PACKAGE THAT IS COMING OUT, IS THAT IN PLACE OF THE BUDGET? IT'S JUST KIND OF A SERIES OF WHAT WE COULD EXPECT NOW THROUGH THE END OF THIS CRISIS >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE ARE OBVIOUSLY FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON HOW WE'RE GOING GET MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS WHO WILL NEED IT BECAUSE OF THIS SITUATION

THAT WORK WILL CONTINUE BUT OUR FOCUS RIGHT NOW IS ON ENSURING THAT CANADIANS HAVE THE RESOURCES AND THE MONEY TO NOT HAVE TO STRESS ABOUT RENT AND ABOUT GROCERIES AND CHILD CARE AND ELDER CARE AT A TIME WHERE THEY ARE ALSO VERY WORRY ABOUT THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR FAMILY'S HEALTH WE WILL BE SUPPORTING THE ECONOMY AND CANADIANS THROUGH THIS TIME [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: OUR PRIORITY REMAINS NOW ABOUT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF CANADIANS WE DON'T WANT THEM TO WORRY ABOUT HOW TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGE OR RENT OR FEED THEIR CHILDREN OR LOOK AFTER THEIR PARENTS

WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE NEED TO DO TO HELP THEM AND FOR WEEKS NOW, AND MONTHS NOW, WITH RESPECT TO THE BUDGET WELL, THOSE DISCUSSIONS ARE CONTINUING BUT RIGHT NOW OUR PRIORITY IS TO HELP CANADIANS THAT ARE SUFFERING >> Rosemary: AND THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA WALKING BACK INTO HIS HOME AT RIDEAU COTTAGE, WHICH IS NOT FAR FROM RIDEAU HALL WHERE HE WILL BE WITH HIS FAMILY FOR THE NEXT 14 DAYS, SELF-ISOLATING AFTER HIS WIFE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

HE SAYS HE IS FEELING WELL AND HIS WIFE IS NOW IN QUARANTINE INSIDE THE HOUSE WITH JUST MILD SYMPTOMS PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TELL HIM HE HAS NOT HAVE TO GET TESTED GIVE THAN HE IS NOT EXHIBITING ANY SYMPTOMS AN EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER AT AN EXTRAORDINARY TIME IN THIS COUNTRY AS THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES GOES UP REALLY BY THE HOUR WE ARE NOW SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO MORE THAN 170 CONFIRMED CASES IN CANADA

LET ME BRING IN VASSY KAPELOS, THE HOST OF "POWER & POLITICS" LISTENING IN THERE WITH ME AS WELL PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT SORT OF NEWS THAT WE GOT FROM THE PRIME MINISTER, OTHER THAN HIS OWN HEALTH NEWS, IS THAT THERE WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT FISCAL STIMULUS PACKAGE ANNOUNCED SOON I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS GOING TO BE THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE FINANCE MINISTER, BUT WE ARE GOING TO SEE SOME BIG MOVES FROM THE GOVERNMENT >> Vassy: YEAH, I SOUNDED TO ME THAT THE FINANCE MINISTER WOULD BE ANNOUNCING THING THIS IS AFTERNOON THAT ARE DIRECTED MOSTLY TOWARD WHAT YOU AND AWERE DISCUSSING BEFORE THE PRESS CONFERENCE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO STAY HOME BECAUSE THEY'RE SICK OR TAKING CARE OF THEIR KID AND MAY BE WORRIED ABOUT PAYING THE BILLS HE ALSO LEFT THE DOOR OPEN TO DIRECT PAYMENTS TO CANADIANS AS WELL AND SAID THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THEY WERE DEFINITELY NOT RULING OUT

THE IF IS CAL STIMULUS, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT THAT IS THE BIG HEADLINE OUT OF THAT ASIDE FROM THE PERSONAL HEALTH CONCERNS AND THOSE OF HIS FAMILY THE IDEA THAT IN THE COMING DAYS THAT STIMULUS WILL BE COMING DOWN AND WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO ECONOMISTS ALL WEEK WHO HAVE SORT OF QUANTIFIED IF YOU WANT STIMULUS TO WORK, IT HAS TO BE ABOUT 1% OF GD

P, WHICH EQUATES TO SOMEWHERE AROUND THE $20 TO $40 BILLION MARK IT IS A BIG CHUNK OF CHANGE AND WILL ALSO BE SUPER INTERESTING TO SEE IN WHAT WAY DOES THAT STIMULUS WORK BECAUSE IT IS NOT A CONVENTIONAL 2008 TYPE OF RECESSION ON THE ONE HAND YOU'RE TELLING EVERYONE TO STAY HOME AND NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY STIMULUS IS DESIGNED TO DO THE OPPOSITE

IT WILL CERTAINLY BE A DIFFICULT LINE TO WALK AND DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO WATCH OVER THE COMING DAYS >> Rosemary: AND THE OTHER THING ABOUT STIMULUS T BETTER YOU GET IT GOING T BETTER IT IS I'M GOING TO PUT YOU ON HOLD FOR ONE MOMENT WHILE I BRING IN DR MICHAEL GARDHAM OF HUMBER RIVER HOSPITAL IN TORONTO HE JOINS ME NOW

THANK YOU FOR STANDING BY WITH US YOU WERE LISTENING TO THE PRIME MINISTER YOU MAY HAVE HEARD EARLIER COMMENTS FROM DR TAM ALL SAYING THAT NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL SHOULD BE CANCELED FOR CANADIANS AS WELL AS MOVES COMING IN FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND CRUISE SHIP SEASON POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 1 HOW SIGNIFICANT ARE THESE MEASURES IN TERMS OF THE CHANGE THAT WE HAVE SEEN AND THE WAY THIS COUNTRY IS HANDING I

>> THERE ARE HUGE CHANGES YOU THINK A WEEK AGO A, CANADA WAS LIVING IN A BIT OF A BUBBLE, THINKING THIS WAS ALL TRAVEL-RELATED AND NOW CLEARLY WE'RE TAKING MEASURES TO SLOW DOWN THE LOCAL SPREAD OF THE DISEASE, WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL AND, LIKE A STIMULUS PACKAGE, YOU NEED TO DO THIS EARLY YOU NEED TO DO IT NOW >> Rosemary: AND DID THEY WAIT TOO LONG OR DOES IT SEEM TO YOU TO BE THE RIGHT TIME? >> IT DEFINITELY NEEDED TO HAPPEN THIS WEEK AND I THINK THEY STILL NEED TO DO MORE, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU

I THINK THAT THE OTHER BIG GROUP WHICH HASN'T BEEN TALKED ABOUT YET FOR MOST UNIVERSITIES IS ACTUALLY CLOSING UNIVERSITIES A GOING ONLINE YOU WANT TO TRY TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF INTERACTION THAT ANY ONE PERSON HAS WITH PEOPLE ALL DAY >> Rosemary: AND LET MES ASK SK* YOU A PERSONAL QUESTION ABOUT THE PRIME MINISTER HE'S SAYING HE SHOULDN'T BE TESTED YET THAT IS WHAT HIS PEOPLE ARE TELLING HIM

I FIND THAT SURPRISING BUT I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MEDICINE SO MAYBE YOU CAN TELL ME WHETHER YOU THINK THAT MAKES GOOD SENSE >> I LOVE IT WHEN PEOPLE IN POWER SAY LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR AND HE IS SAYING WHAT I WOULD SAY AS WELL WE DON'T TEST ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE AT THIS POINT THE FACT HE IS LIVING WITH SOMEBODY WHO HAS THIS, THE MOMENT HE DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS AND, YES, HE SHOULD BE TESTED

BUT WE ARE NOT TESTING CONTACTS OF PEOPLE >> Rosemary: THAT IS WHY I HAVE A DOCTOR WITH ME AND NOT PRETEND TO KNOW THINGS MYSELF ONE LAST QUESTION IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE'S BEHAVIOR CHANGES OVER THE NEXT NUMBER OF WEEKS, SCHOOL CLOSURES IN ONTARIO AND IN QUEBEC, WHAT WILL THAT DO TO FLATTEN THAT CURVE THAT WE'VE ALL BEEN TALK ABOUT OVER THE PAST WEEK? >> IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO HAVE A MASSIVE IMPACT ANJA STRESS THAT ENOUGH ITALY HAS GOTTEN INTO SEVERE TROUBLE BECAUSE THEY DID NOT DO THIS

WE REALLY NEED EVERY CANADIAN TO BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING DURING THE DAY AND HOW CAN YOU DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF EXPOSURE WE HAVE WITH OTHER PEOPLE IF WE DO THAT, WE WON'T GET INTO THE TROUBLE THAT ITALY GOT INTO >> Rosemary: OK THANK YOU SO MUCH APPRECIATE IT

>> THANK YOU >> Rosemary: VASSY, A IMGOING TO GO BACK TO YOU, IF YOU DON'T MIND I WANTED TO GET SOME MEDICAL ADVICE THERE BECAUSE — >> Vassy: NOT FROM ME >> Rosemary: NOT FROM YOU, NOT FROM ME THAT WAS HELPFUL

WHY THE PRIME MINISTER WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN TESTED YET AND THE POTENTIAL FOR FLATTENING THE CURVE, WHICH BASICALLY MEANS TO CONTAIN THE NUMBER OF CASES THAT HAPPEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY THERE WERE QUESTIONS THERE, TOO, TO THE PRIME MINISTER ABOUT WHY THEY ARE NOT GOING EVEN FURTHER IN TERMS OF CLOSING THE BORDER FROM THE SCIENTIFIC REPORTS THAT I RAID OVER THE PAST NUMBER OF DAYS, THAT DOESN'T DO MUCH MORE THAN SLOW THE OUTBREAK I WONDER WHAT KIND OF PRESSURE IS HAPPENING WITH THE PRESSURE FROM THE UNITED STATES >> Vassy: MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE CALL THAT TOOK PLACE BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER YESTERDAY DIDN'T INVOLVE A LOT OF PRESSURE FROM THE UNITED STATES, AROUND THAT

I WAS TOLD THERE WAS A LOT OF AGREEMENT OVER LET'S WORK TOGETHER I THINK THE PRESSURE IN FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, FROM MY CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE DECISION-MAKERS ON THAT, THE PRESSURE IS COMING FROM WITHIN AND THAT IS BECAUSE OF THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE ACTUALLY IN THE UNITED STATES IN PARTICULAR NOT AS MUCH FROM CHINA OR IRAN WHERE IT IS PREVALENT BECAUSE OF ALL THE CONCERNS OVER THE LIMITED NUMBER OF TESTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE HANDLING OF THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS THERE, AS WE'VE SEEN OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS, AN INCREASE IN INCIDENTS HERE, NOT FROM THE COUNTRIES I NAMED, BUT INSTEAD FROM THE UNITED STATES, A NUMBER OF CASES PARTICULARLY IN ONTARIO, BOTH YESTERDAY AND TODAY ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRAVELED TO THE UNITED STATES AND COME BACK

AND SO THERE IS INCREASED PRESSURE ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE WHERE THE BORDER IS CONCERNED THERE I ACTUALLY THOUGHT THAT THOUGH THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE BY THE TRANSPORT MINISTER AND THE PRIME MINISTER, THEY ARE GOING TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF AIRPORTS FOR SOME FLIGHTS MINISTER GARNEAU USED THE WORD "OVERSEAS" AND PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU USED THE WORD "INTERNATIONAL" WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT IS NECESSARY IN ORDER FOR EXPERTS TO ASSESS WHEN THOSE MEASURES ARE GOING TO DO THE JOB >> Rosemary: I HAVE TO LEAVE YOU THERE FOR A MOMENT

THANK YOU FOR THAT JUST WANT TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE PEOPLE WATCHING ON THE MAIN NETWORK [PLEASE STAND BY] JOINING US >> Rosemary: DAVID COCHRANE IS JOINING US AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS STIMULUS PACKAGE VERSUS WHAT WE MAY HEAR FROM THE FINANCE MINISTER LATER TODAY IT PROBABLY WON'T BE THE ENTIRE FISCAL PACKAGE AND THE PRIME MINISTER SAID THAT WE'D HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT IN THE COMING DAYS BUT THERE MAY BE MEASURES HERE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE, FOR INSTANCE, WONDERING WHAT THE HECK AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY KIDS FOR THE NEXT NUMBER OF WEEKS IF YOU'RE IN A PROVINCE WHERE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED >> Reporter: TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF HOW THEY'RE PREPARING WITH THIS, AND I SPOKE TO AN OFFICIAL ABOUT THIS THE OTHER DAY AND THEY HAVE PHASES

YOU DON'T WANT TO DO YOUR ENTIRETY OF YOUR ECONOMIC RESPONSE BECAUSE THINGS CHANGE JUST FROM THE ABILITY TO BE FLEXIBLE AND RESPOND TO THE CHANGING DYNAMIC CAUSED BY THE ECONOMIC CONNECTICUT STAGIAN AND IF YOU HAVE NOTHING NEW TO ADD IT FREAKS PEOPLE OUT SO WE'LL HEAR FROM BILL MORE TO CALM EVERYBODY DOWN AND ANNOUNCE MEASURES BASED ON WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER JUST SAID EVERYTHING THEY'RE LOOKING AT WITH CASH TRANSFERS DIRECTLY TO CANADIANS

NOBODY SHOULD WORRY ABOUT THEIR RENT OR JOBS OR MEDICINE OR DAYCARE DURING THIS POINT IN TIME AND FOR PARENTS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHO ARE WORRIED, THEY ALREADY HAVE A DIRECT CASH TRANSFER THAT GOES INTO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS IN THE CANADA CHILD BENEFIT SO THERE'S AN INSTRUMENT WHERE YOU WOULD KNOW THAT IT GOES STRAIGHT TO FAMILIES THAT'S MY SPECULATION AND NOT GOVERNMENT POLICY BUT TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF HOW MUCH ROOM THEY HAVE, VASSY TALKED ABOUT THE STIMULUS TO BE $20 BILLION TO $40 BILLION TO HAVE AND TO GET A BIT OF MATH, THEY COULD SPEND $40 BILLION AND STILL KEEP THE DEBT-TO-GD

P TRACK GOING IN THE DIRECTION THAT IT WANTS IT TO GO AND THIS WILL PROBABLY GO BEYOND THAT AND YOU'RE DEALING WITH A PANDEMIC AND COVID-19 IS IN THE EARLY STAGES IN CANADA BUT THEY HAVE ROOM TO REALLY BLOW THE BUDGET COMPLETELY IF THEY NEED TO YOU'LL MOVE OFF SOME OF THE FISCAL TARGETS THEY SET BUT A G7 COUNTRY LIKE CANADA WITH ITS ECONOMY CAN BEAR THAT BURDEN SO THAT'S THE MESSAGE THEY HAVE BEEN SENDING TO THE MESSAGES TOO THAT WE'LL BACK STOP YOU ON THE MEDICAL NEED AND WE'LL DEPLOY AS NEEDED AND, SPEAKING WITH ANOTHER SENIOR OFFICIAL TOO, ROSIE, THE OTHER NIGHT — THEY'VE COMPARED THE SITUATION AS IT'S EMERGING TO THE 2008-2009 GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS AND THE H1N1 PANDEMIC AT THE SAME TIME

THAT'S KIND OF WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH IN TERMS OF THE ECONOMIC AND THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF THIS AND, YOU KNOW, JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS RIGHT WHEN HE SAYS THAT WE QUIBBLE ABOUT THE DEFICIT, AND CANADA'S BOOKS ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO REALLY INFUSE SERIOUS CASH INTO THE ECONOMY AND INTO CANADIANS' WALLETS IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES AND THE SIGNALS IS WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE AND PREPARED TO DO THAT AND WE'LL HEAR FROM THE FINANCE MINISTER AND THAT IS AT 2:00 >> Rosemary: I SHOULD SAY THAT THERE'S DIFFERENT CONVERSATIONS HAPPENING ON A GLOBAL LEVEL TO DEAL WITH THE ECONOMY AS WELL, THIS IS NOT JUST A CANADA PROBLEM BUT G7 LEADERS SAID THEY'D HAVE A VIDEO CONFERENCE ON MONDAY TO DO THAT AND THE US

PRESIDENT IS SPEAKING LATER THIS AFTERNOON US MEDIA REPORTING THAT HE IS LIKELY TO SAY THAT THERE IS A NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY WHICH UNLOCKS A BUNCH OF MONEY UNDER FEMA SO THERE'S DIFFERENT MEASURES THAT DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ARE TAKING AND WE'LL, AS YOU SAY, LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FINANCIAL MEASURES LATER THIS AFTERNOON

DAVID, WE'LL COME BACK TO YOU CATHERINE CULLEN IS AT RIDEAU — OUTSIDE OF RIDEAU COTTAGE WHERE I THOUGHT THAT DAVID WAS BUT IT'S CATHERINE THERE SO THAT'S GOOD I WILL TALK TO YOU MORE ABOUT WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER SAID, PARTICULARLY AROUND — I GUESS HOW HE IS COPING WITH THINGS AND HOW HIS GOVERNMENT IS COPING WITH THINGS IN TERMS OF THEIR CAPACITY TO DO THEIR WORK >> Reporter: YEAH, WELL, IT WAS INTERESTING I WAS ASKING HIM, FOR INSTANCE, WHAT THE PLAN WAS IF HE FALLS ILL AND, OBVIOUSLY, NONE OF US CAN READ HIS MIND, ROSIE, BUT IMMEDIATELY HE DIDN'T ENGAGE WITH THAT, RIGHT? HE WANTED TO PUT THE EMPHASIS ON THE FACT THAT HE'S STILL WORKING AND WE THAN HE TALKED YESTERDAY WITH DONALD TRUMP AND THE PRIME MINISTER OF ITALY AND THE FACT THAT HE'S STILL IN CONSTANT MEETINGS ON TOP OF THIS CRISIS

AND WHEN HE WAS PUSHED A LITTLE BIT, IS THERE A CONTINGENCY PLAN IN PLACE AND HE DIDN'T ENGAGE AND HE SAID OF COURSE THERE'S ALWAYS CONTINGENCY PLANS IN PLACE I THOUGHT WHAT WAS THE MOST INTERESTING TAKEAWAY FROM THE NEWS CONFERENCE IS THAT HE DID NOT GIVE MUCH INFORMATION VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING THAT WE HEARD FROM JUSTIN TRUDEAU WE JUST HEARD FROM HIS MINISTERS MOMENTS BEFORE SO WHAT WAS THE REASON THAT HE CAME OUT IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE TODAY TO SPEAK TO CANADIANS? ALL UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF REASSURANCE, RIGHT, TO REASSURE CANADIANS BROADLY THAT EVERYONE IS WORKING IN TANDEM ON THIS AND WHILE THIS IS A DIFFICULT SITUATION, THINGS ARE TO SOME EXTENT UNDER CONTROL THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CANADIANS WILL GET THROUGH AND TO OFFER REASSURANCES ABOUT HIS OWN HEALTH AS WELL

AS YOU HEARD THERE WERE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW HE'S MANAGING AND WHETHER OR NOT HE MIGHT FALL ILL HIMSELF, WHY HE HASN'T BEEN TESTED SO I THINK THAT THE VERY ACT OF STANDING IN FRONT OF RIDEAU COTTAGE AND TALKING TO CANADIANS THAT WAS THE BIG TAKEAWAY HERE >> Rosemary: I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT FOR THAT CATHERINE CULLEN IN OTTAWA RIGHT NOW AND AS CATHERINE MENTIONED THESE ARE THE MINISTERS WHO ARE OUT TAKING A LOT MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DETAILS ABOUT THE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE JUST BEFORE THE PRIME MINISTER SPOKE

THAT IS THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER LET'S LISTEN IN LIVE TO THE MINISTERS NOW >> The Hon Chyrstia Freeland: AROUND ALL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, ALL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA BY CANADIANS AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT ALL OF US NEED TO — ALL OF US IN CANADA, NEED TO LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY TO THAT PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE

YOU GUYS HEARD IT JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO THE ADVICE IS, YOU KNOW, THAT WE SHOULD — ALL OF US SHOULD AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA >> THANK YOU I THINK THAT IT'S AN EXCELLENT QUESTION WHAT WE HAVE TO REMEMBER IS THAT VIRUSES DON'T KNOW BORDERS

A BORDER IS NOT GOING TO CONTAIN THE VIRUS BORDERS ARE IMPORTANT MEASURES THOUGH FOR MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY'RE IN A PARTICULAR COUNTRY SHOULD THEY FIND THEMSELVES ILL IN OUR CASE, THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE BEEN PROVIDING SINCE WE FIRST BECAME AWARE OF THE ILLNESS WAS INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH NUMBERS ARE AVAILABLE IN JURISDICTIONS SO NO MATTER WHO IS TRAVELLING, REGARDLESS WHETHER IT'S DOMESTIC TRAVEL OR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, THAT THEY HAVE APPROPRIATE INFORMATION TO REACH OUT TO PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THIS, BECAUSE I THINK THAT CANADIANS THINK THAT WE CAN STOP THIS AT THE BORDER AND WE SEE A PANDEMIC MEANING THAT BORDER MEASURES ARE HIGHLY INEFFECTIVE AND IN SOME CASES CAN CREATE HARM

WE SEE THAT IN COUNTRIES WITH THE WORST EXPRESSION, WHO HAVE THE TIGHTEST BORDERS IF I POINT TO OUR DEAR FRIENDS IN ITALY, IN FACT, AS YOU RECALL THEY HAD SOME VERY EARLY RESTRICTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL IN FACT, SHUTTING DOWN BORDERS WHAT THEY FOUND IS AN ESCALATION OF CASES BECAUSE BORDERS DON'T STOP TRAVELLERS AND TRAVELLERS FIND OTHER WAYS INTO COUNTRIES AND TRAVELLERS ABOUT BEING LESS HONEST ABOUT WHERE THEY'VE COME FROM AND WHERE THEY'RE TRAVELLING TO, WHAT THEIR PARTICULAR SYMPTOMS MAY BE SO CANADA'S APPROACH FROM THE BEGINNING HAS BEEN TO USE SCIENCE AND EVIDENCE TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE

THE REASON WHY WE TOOK THE MEASURES EARLY ON WAS BECAUSE THE SCIENCE SAYS THAT WHEN YOU PROVIDE THE SCREENING AND THE INFORMATION AT THE BORDER, ESPECIALLY AS YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THE PANDEMIC IS TRAVELLING ACROSS THE GLOBE, THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH TRAVELLERS YOU CAN ACTUALLY FOLLOW THOSE TRAVELLERS, DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF THE ILLNESS IN THEIR PARTICULAR COUNTRY WHICH WE HAVE DONE AT LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH LEVELS YOU CAN TRACK AND EVEN CONSIDER — AND WE HAVE — ADD ADDING MANDATORY ISOLATION NOW THAT WE SEE CASES IN CANADA, BORDERS BECOME LESS IMPORTANT AND THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO BE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT SO WE CAN CONTINUE THAT WORK TOGETHER BECAUSE WE HAVE PEOPLE WITH CORONAVIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES

AND WE HAVE PEOPLE WITH CORONAVIRUS IN CANADA AND UNDOUBTEDLY WE HAVE PEOPLE WITH CORONAVIRUS IN MEXICO SO THOSE CONVERSATIONS AS A CONTINENT ARE GOING TO BE WHAT CONTINUES TO KEEP US SAFE THANK YOU >> AS A FOLLOW-UP, I THINK THIS IS FOR MINISTER BLAIR AND MINISTER GARNEAU

IF WE COULD GET A LITTLE MORE DETAIL ABOUT THE SCREENING THAT WILL HAPPEN AT AIRPORTS FOR ARRIVALS WHAT WILL THAT SCREENING ENTAIL? WILL IT BE FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS AND WOULD THAT ALSO APPLY TO LAND BORDER CROSSINGS WITH THE US? >> YES, AS I HAVE INDICATED, WE HAVE QUITE RECENTLY IMPLEMENTED ENHANCED SCREENING MEASURES AT ALL LAND, RAIL AND MARINE POINTS OF ENTRY WHICH ARE PRIMARILY COMING FROM THE UNITED STATES, NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BUT PRIMARILY WE'VE FOCUSED OUR RESOURCES PARTICULARLY AT PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAVELLING FROM REGIONS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AS TIER LEVEL 3 REGIONS WHERE THERE'S A HIGHER RISK OF INFECTION IN THOSE REGIONS

AND THEY ARE SUBJECT TO SCREENING IF, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY HAVE BEEN TO A HIGH RISK AREA AND THEY RECEIVE CERTAIN INFORMATION IF THEY ARE IN NEED OF FURTHER INTERACTION WITH OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, THE REFERRAL TAKES PLACE RIGHT AT THE AIRPORT WE PROVIDE THOSE INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SHOULD THEY BECOME SYMPTOMATIC OR FEEL ILL AND THEY GET PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE AT POINT OF ENTRY I THINK THAT IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT AND FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS AS WELL WHO MAY BE SYMPTOMATIC AND THERE'S A REFERRAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES SO THAT THEY MAY BEGIN THE IMPORTANT PROCESS OF SELF-ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE AS REQUIRED

SO THAT THOSE STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN AND THERE'S A VERY CLOSE COORDINATION TAKING PLACE TODAY AT ALL OF OUR POINTS OF ENTRY, PARTICULARLY THE INTERNATIONAL ONES FROM THE AFFECTED REGIONS BETWEEN OUR BORDER SERVICE AGENTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH AND THEY'RE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY THERE IS SCREENING FOR THOSE WHO ARE AT RISK BUT IT'S ALSO INFORMATION AS THE HEALTH NISTER SAID TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH INFORMATION SO THEY CAN TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS TO KEEP THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR NEIGHBOURS SAFE WHEN THEY RETURN TO THIS COUNTRY

AND AT THE SAME TIME, AS WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TODAY, DR TAM, WE ARE ADVISING PEOPLE TO AVOID ALL UNNECESSARY TRAVEL AND PARTICULARLY TO INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS AND I THINK THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO ADVISE NOT ONLY CANADIANS AS THEY TRAVEL ABROAD BUT FROM OTHERS WHO CHOOSE TO COME TO CANADA, THEY AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL, NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO THIS COUNTRY IF THEY HAVE TO COME HERE THEY WILL BE SUBJECT TO SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCED SCREENING WE'RE CONSULTING WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND OUR AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY LOOKING AT WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN MANAGE THIS IN THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY POSSIBLE WE KNOW THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE CONDUCTING FOR CANADIANS RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY

AND WE KNOW THAT THERE'S BORDER SECURITY OFFICERS DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN PROVIDING THOSE SERVICES AND PROTECTING THE BEST INTERESTS OF CANADIANS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE UTILIZE THOSE RESOURCES MOST EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY FOR THE SAFETY OF CANADIANS >> I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY ASK A QUESTION THAT WAS ONE OF THE CONDITIONS THAT I PUT ON THE TABLE FOR THIS PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY MY QUESTION IS FOR YOU, I'M WONDERING IF YOU CAN SPEAK IN A LITTLE BIT — OR ACTUALLY IN MUCH DETAIL — ABOUT WHAT SOCIAL DISTANCING LOOKS LIKE? BECAUSE EVEN AMONG FRIENDS AND FAMILY, I THINK THAT THE WHOLE NOTION IS CREATING A LOT OF ANXIETY FOR PEOPLE ABOUT, YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS ARE ALL KIND OF HUDDLED UP ON THE STAGE HERE

>> I KNOW >> Question: SO CAN YOU DESCRIBE — [laughter] >> TWO ARM LENGTHS >> Question: SO SHOULD PEOPLE GO TO SOCIAL GATHERINGS? CAN YOU OFFER US SOME CONCRETE AND CANADIANS SOME CONCRETE GUIDANCE ON WHAT SOCIAL DISTANCING SHOULD LOOK LIKE? I KNOW THAT NO BIG PARTIES BUT WHAT ABOUT SMALLER GATHERINGS OF FAMILY? PEOPLE ARE WONDERING ABOUT THIS >> OKAY, SO GOING BACK TO THE SCIENCE, THE IDEA BEHIND SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THIS TWO-METRE RULE IS THAT WE KNOW THAT THE MAIN MODE OF TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS IS THROUGH DROPLETS AND IF SOMEONE IS SICK AND COUGHING, THE FURTHEREST THEY CAN COUGH AND HAVE THE DROPLETS LAND ON THE GROUND OR HOPEFULLY NOT HIT SOMEONE IS UP TO TWO METRES AND THE WAY THAT WE HAVE EXPLAINED IT AND WITH OTHER AUTHORITIES ACROSS COUNTRY IS TWO ARM LENGTHS

SO THAT'S TWO METRES SO PEOPLE CAN STILL GET TOGETHER BUT MAINTAIN THAT GENERAL DISTANCE AND NOT BE SORT OF WITHIN HUGGING DISTANCE AND I THINK THAT IS WHAT SOCIAL DISTANCING IS ALL ABOUT AND I THINK THAT IS WHY ALSO MANY PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES ARE RECOMMENDING NO MASS GATHERING EVENTS THE NUMBER ITSELF IS NOT THAT CRITICAL, 250 HAS BEEN PUT FORWARD AND I THINK THAT IS REASONABLE I THINK THAT IT'S JUST THE PRINCIPLE OF REINFORCING WITH PEOPLE THAT, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO WHAT IT CAN IN TERMS OF BEING PRESCRIPTIVE IN CERTAIN WAYS, YOU KNOW, MASS GATHERING EVENTS AND THAT YOU CANNOT HOLD THEM, BUT I THINK THAT COMMON SENSE FOR MANY PEOPLE, THE TYPES OF SMALL PARTIES THAT PEOPLE WILL HAVE

IF YOU MAINTAIN THAT AS A GENERAL RULE AND AS WE SAID BEFORE, MAYBE NO HANDSHAKES OR HUGGING OR KISSING BUT MAYBE IT'S THE ELBOW BUMP, AND IT'S A GOOD WAY TO GO FORWARD OF COURSE AS WE SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE, WE CANNOT REPEAT ENOUGH TIMES TO WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY IF YOU BECOME ILL, DON'T GO TO THE PARTY AND STAY AT HOME DON'T GO TO WORK AND JUST COUGH ETIQUETTE SO THOSE THINGS STILL STAND

>> Question: I DO HAVE A TECHNICAL QUESTION AND I KNOW THAT IN PUBLIC HEALTH YOU DON'T NORMALLY TALK ABOUT INDIVIDUALS AND HAVE THEIR NAMES AND IN THIS CASE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE TRUDEAU BECAUSE THAT'S BEEN MADE PUBLIC THAT SHE'S TESTED POSITIVE SHE RECENTLY WAS TRAVELLING INTERNATIONALLY AND SHE HAD FLOWN TO LONDON SHE WAS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER'S MOTHER, MARGARET TRUDEAU TYPICALLY MINISTER HAJDU, YOU HAD TALKED ABOUT CONTACTING PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN AROUND A PASSENGER WHO WAS LATER IDENTIFIED TO HAVE COVID-19 SORRY FOR THE PERSONAL NATURE OF THIS QUESTION BECAUSE WE KNOW WHO IT IS, BUT IS THAT WORK UNDERWAY TO TRY AND TO LET OTHER PASSENGERS ON THE FLIGHT TO KNOW THAT SHE INDEED TESTED POSITIVE? AND ALSO IF MARGARET TRUDEAU IS IN SELF-ISOLATION AS WELL, IF WE KNOW ABOUT THAT

>> I'LL SAY A FEW WORDS AND THEN TURN IT OVER TO THE DOCTOR BUT FIRST OF ALL, THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT SOMEONE NEEDS TO SELF-ISOLATE IF, IN FACT, THEY HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO IS A-SYMPTOMATIC AND SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THAT'S WHY THE PRIME MINISTER HAS RECEIVED THAT PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE THAT HE DOESN'T HAVE TO HAVE A TEST HE IS, OF COURSE, SELF-ISOLATING OUT OF A DEGREE OF PRECAUTION BECAUSE HE'S HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO IS POSITIVE BUT SHOULD HE REMAIN A-SYMPTOMATIC FOR 14 DAYS HE'D BE CONSIDERED TO NOT HAVE THE COVID-19 DISEASE

AS WELL, YES, THE DESCRIPTION THAT YOU'RE PROVIDING IS ACTUALLY WHAT CONTACT TRACING LOOKS LIKE SO NOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE POSITIVE CASE AND GIVEN THAT OUR CASES ARE STILL SO LOW IN THIS COUNTRY, WE STILL HAVE THE PUBLIC HEALTH CAPACITY TO DO THIS WORK THIS IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER NOW PUBLIC HEALTH WILL DO THE CONTACT TRACING FOR MADAM GRÉGOIRE TRUDEAU AND IT WILL INTERVIEW HER ABOUT WHO SHE'S BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AND WHO SHE'S SPOKEN WITH, AS WELL AS SECURE THE MANIFEST OF THE PLANE TO TALK TO PEOPLE THAT WERE WITHIN THAT TWO METRE RADIUS OF HER TO DETERMINE IF THEY ARE FEELING SYMPTOMATIC AND TO ASK THEM TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AROUND SELF-ISOLATION

I WILL TURN IT TO THE DOCTOR IF YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING >> I THINK THAT YOU SAID IT VERY WELL, MINISTER I DON'T KNOW THE DETAILS AND WE LEAVE THAT TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES DUE TO THE VERY DETAILED CONTACT TRACING STARTING WITH THE INTERVIEW WITH THE PRIME MINISTER'S WIFE AND SO THE KEY POINT IS TO DETERMINE WHO SHE'S BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AFTER SHE BEGAN SYMPTOMS

SO TO ME IT'S NOT CLEAR I DON'T KNOW PERSONALLY AS TO WHEN SHE BEGAN TO FEEL ILL WITH THIS ON THE FLIGHT OR AFTERWARDS? IF IT WAS AFTER THE FLIGHT, THEN REALLY THE PEOPLE AROUND HER ON THAT FLIGHT WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AT RISK IF IT WAS BECOMING ILL ON THE FLIGHT, THEN, OBVIOUSLY, THE STEPS WOULD BE TAKEN AS WE HAVE DONE FOR OTHER CASES IT HAS BEEN I THINK A POINT OF DISCUSSION WITH THE SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE USEFULNESS BECAUSE TO DATE NO MORE CASES HAVE BEEN SERVED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DONE THE CONTACT TRAISESSING

SO IN TERMS OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES AND WHAT IS THE BEST USE OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES, AND CONTACT TRACING ON AIRPLANES VERSUS A LOT OF OTHER THINGS THAT THEY COULD OR SHOULD BE DOING AND THAT'S STILL SOMETHING THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT WE'RE OBVIOUSLY LOOKING AT THE EVIDENCE BASED ON THE CASES THAT WE'VE HAD SO FAR AND WE'LL PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD IN TERMS OF FUTURE CASES THAT MIGHT HAVE THAT SORT OF AIR FLIGHT COMPONENT >> I'LL GO TO RAYMOND FILLON AND THEN KELSEY JOHNSON WITH REUTERS >> Question: (Voice of Translator): QUESTION FOR MINISTER GARNEAU PREMIER LEGAULT IN QUÉBEC IS ASKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO LIMIT FOREIGN ENTRIES INTO CANADA, FOREIGN VISITORS TO CANADA

IS THAT PART OF YOUR PLAN? >> (Voice of Translator): WE ARE CONSTANTLY MONITORING THE SITUATION OUR PRIORITY IS TO HAVE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF CANADIANS SO EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE AT ANY GIVEN TIME AND WE KNOW THAT THE SITUATION IS EVOLVING AND THE DISCUSSIONS ARE ONGOING IF AT A CERTAIN POINT WE DECIDE TO TAKE ADDITIONAL MEASURES OF COURSE WE WILL ANNOUNCE THEM

BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT COULD HAPPEN BUT IT'S NOT NECESSARILY IN OUR PLANS I'LL JUST SAY THAT WE'RE MONITORING THE SITUATION >> Question: (Voice of Translator): WHY IS IT NOT PART OF YOUR PLANS NOW? >> (Voice of Translator): WELL, AS WE HAVE SAID FROM THE BEGINNING WE ARE BEING VERY WELL ADVISED BY HEALTH EXPERTS AND WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE MONITORING THE SITUATION ON BEHALF OF ALL CANADIANS SO WE ARE BEING GUIDED BY WHAT THEY TELL US THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT OTHER OPTIONS AND WE'LL JUST HAVE TO SEE IN THE COMING DAYS WHAT HAPPENS

BUT FOR THE MOMENT, WHAT WE'VE ANNOUNCED OR JUST THE MEASURES THAT WE BELIEVE TO BE NECESSARY AT THIS TIME >> (Voice of Translator): PERHAPS I COULD ADD A FEW WORDS I CAN'T COMMENT ON WHAT PREMIER LEGAULT SAID, BUT I WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH OUR PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL COUNTERPARTS, INCLUDING THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF QUÉBEC AND WE'VE LOOKED AT, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS THE BEST TARGETED MEASURES ARE AS WE SAID BEFORE, BORDERS DON'T STOP VIRUSES

YOU COULD HAVE A-SYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE CROSSING THE BORDER AND THEN HAVE SYMPTOMS ONLY AFTER THEY HAVE ENTERED THE COUNTRY SO IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO HAVE A WELL-MANAGED PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM THAT IS ABLE TO IDENTIFY AND ISOLATE CASES QUICKLY AND SO FAR WHAT WE HAVE SEEN THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT AND WE ALSO NEED CANADIANS TO BE AWARE OF THE SITUATION SO IF THEY GO ABROAD AND COME BACK, THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO SELF-MONITOR

THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY DO THAT FOR THE 14 DAYS AFTER THEY ARE RETURNING TO CANADA AND THEN THEY NEED TO CONTACT LOCAL AUTHORITIES IF THEY DO FEEL SICK THANK YOU >> Question: MY QUESTION IS FOR YOU HAVE ANY LABS THAT ARE NOT DIRECTLY OWNED BY A GOVERNMENT SOUGHT APPROVAL FOR THE LABORATORY DEVELOPED TESTS? AND WHEN MIGHT HEALTH CANADA BE ABLE TO APPROVE THE FIRST TEST KITS AS MEDICAL DEVICES? >> WE'LL HAVE TO GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT

WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT FOR LAB TESTING IN CANADA, AS WE ALL KNOW, THE INITIAL TEST WAS FIRST DONE BY OUR NATIONAL MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY IN CANADA AND OVER TIME CERTAINLY THE GOAL IS TO BASICALLY TO BE BE ABLE TO EXPAND FOR LAB TESTING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY SO BY EXPERIENCE, ONE-BY-ONE I THINK THAT THE PROVINCES — FIRST BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ONTARIO BECAUSE OF THEIR EXPERIENCE — HAVE WHAT WE NOW CALL A VALIDATED TEST AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL NOW ALBERTA HAS JOINED THEM AND QUÉBEC AS WELL

AND SO IN TERMS OF OTHER LABORATORIES, CERTAINLY, THEY CAN USE CERTAIN TESTING METHODOLOGIES, OBVIOUSLY APPROVED BY HEALTH CANADA THERE'S COLLEAGUES WHO REGULATE THIS BUT IN TERMS OF THE FINAL CONFIRMATION, WHY ONE OF THE LABORATORIES HAS A VALIDATED TEST AND IT'S LABORATORIES IN QUÉBEC AND BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALBERTA AND ONTARIO >> WE HAVE TO WRAP THIS UP

>> [indiscernible] >> Question: JUST ON THE HEALTH KITS PART — DO YOU KNOW WHEN WE MIGHT BE APPROVING THE FIRST TEST KITS AS MEDICAL DEVICES? >> I CAN'T SPEAK TO THAT I'M NOT WITH HEALTH CANADA, I'M WITH THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA, AND WE'LL GET BACK TO YOU WITH FURTHER INFORMATION IN TERMS OF TEST KITS AS YOU SAY, THEY MIGHT BE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL >> Question: THIS IS MY FOLLOW-UP, IT'S NOT CLEAR TO ME RIGHT NOW, DOES CANADA CONSIDER THE UNITED STATES AS A HIGH RISK COUNTRY FOR TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19? >> WE ARE CONSIDERING ALL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA TO BE CONSIDERED HIGH RISK FOR CANADIANS RIGHT NOW FOR TWO REASONS ONE, THE SPREAD OF THE ILLNESS IS QUITE EXTENSIVE AROUND THE GLOBE

THERE ARE COUNTRIES THAT ARE TESTING EXTENSIVELY AND HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR SPREAD THERE ARE COUNTRIES THAT DON'T HAVE THE CAPACITY AS I SAID IN THE EARLY DAYS TO SURVEY THEIR POPULATION OR TO TEST FOR THE ILLNESS AND THE SECOND REASON THAT IT'S HIGH RISK FOR TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA RIGHT NOW IS BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN TERMS OF OTHER PEOPLE'S MEASURES WE CAN SEE THAT COUNTRIES ARE TAKING RAPID MEASURES VERY QUICKLY WITHOUT INFORMING INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WHICH PUTS CANADIANS AT RISK OF BEING TRAPPED IN A COUNTRY FOR POTENTIALLY TWO WEEKS OR LONGER DEPENDING ON THE MEASURES THAT COUNTRIES TAKE

AND SO OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION AS WE SAID BEFORE, IT IS BEST IF CANADIANS STAY HOME AND IT IS BEST IF THEY TRAVEL DOMESTICALLY WHERE WE ARE GOING TO BE KEEPING THEM UP TO DATE IN TERMS OF OUR OWN HEALTH STATUS AS A COUNTRY AND IN TERMS OF THE TRANSPARENCY AROUND THE CASES AND THE GROWTH OF CASES AND AROUND ANY REGULATIONS THAT MAY AFFECT THEIR PARTICULAR SITUATION I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL CANADIANS FOR THE EFFORTS THEY'RE MAKING TO KEEP THEMSELVES WELL AND TO KEEP THEIR LOVED ONES WELL THANK YOU >> THAT IS A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH A NUMBER OF CABINET MINISTERS THAT CAME OUT A LITTLE BIT EARLIER BEFORE THE PRIME MINISTER SPOKE TODAY TO GIVE US AN UPDATE ON SOME OF THE NEW AND THE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES THAT THIS COUNTRY IS TAKING TO CONTAIN AND FIGHT COVID-19 THE HEALTH MINISTER THERE PATTY HAJDU SAID THROUGHOUT THAT PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THIS IS A KEY MOMENT OF CONTAINMENT FOR THIS COUNTRY TO TRY TO GET A HANDLE ON THE NUMBER OF CASES, TO SLOW THE CASES, STOP THE CASES

THAT'S WHY SO MANY DIFFERENT MEASURES HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE TODAY VASSY KAPELOS, THE HOST OF "POWER & POLITICS" IS WITH ME AS WELL VASSY, I MEAN, IT IS A FAIRLY EXTRAORDINARY DAY IN TERMS OF THE RAMP-UP OF THE MEASURES THAT HAVE HAPPENED EITHER FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE OR AS WE'RE GOING TO LEARN IN NOT TOO LONG AROUND 2:00, AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE AND THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO MANAGE ALL OF THOSE THINGS AT ONCE WHICH I THINK THAT IS CHALLENGING FOR ANYONE, FRANKLY

>> Vassy: YEAH, IT'S UNPRECEDENTED, RIGHT? AND WE GOT A FIRST SIGNAL YESTERDAY, IT FEELS AT LEAST TO ME FROM VARIOUS PROVINCES WE SAW THE RAMP-UP IN THE MEASURES TO COUNTER THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS, PARTICULARLY IN ONTARIO WHICH ANNOUNCED THE SHUTTING OF ALL SCHOOLS, FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS, FOR THREE WEEKS WE SAW IT IN BC AND ALBERTA WHEN THEY STARTED ADVISING RESIDENTS OF THEIR PROVINCES FIRST DON'T TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA

AND WE SAW IT WITH OTHER PROVINCES AS WELL WHO STARTED SAYING THAT IF YOU LEAVE YOU HAVE TO ISOLATE YOURSELF FOR TWO WEEKS AND NOW IT'S ALMOST COME TO A HEAD AT A POINT WHERE NOW WE'RE GETTING NATIONAL DIRECTIVES ON THIS STUFF I THINK THAT HAS CERTAINLY EVOLVED IF I THINK BACK TO JUST TO MONDAY IT FEELS LIKE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WORLD, RIGHT? THERE WERE SO MANY THINKING SHOULD I GO ON MARCH BREAK OR NOT AND MADE THE DECISION ON THEIR OWN AND NOW WE HAVE A DIRECTIVE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYING THAT IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA, CANCEL YOUR TRAVEL IF YOU'RE HEADING OUT THERE

AND THEN ALSO I THINK THAT WHERE I'M LOOKING IF WE'RE HEADING FORWARD IS THAT ECONOMIC PIECE AS YOU MENTIONED WHAT WE'LL HEAR FROM BILL MORNEAU IN HALF AN HOUR FROM NOW AND WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO WITH THE BORDERS, THOSE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS? YOU HEARD THAT LAST QUESTION TO THE HEALTH MINISTER, RIGHT — DO YOU CONSIDER THE UNITED STATES HIGH RISK? I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS AN INTERESTING QUESTION AND SORT OF A TELLING ANSWER IN WHICH SHE DIDN'T DIRECTLY SAY, MINISTER HAJDU DIDN'T SAY THAT WE CONSIDER IT HIGH RISK BUT SAYING THAT WE RECOMMEND NO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA SO WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF WHAT IS HAPPENING SOUTH OF THE BORDER IS THAT THE VIRUS IS NOT CONTAINED, AT LEAST FROM EVERY MEDICAL EXPERT THAT I HAVE HEARD TO THE DEGREE THAT IT SHOULD BE, LET'S SAY THERE'S AN ISSUE THERE

WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR US HERE IN CANADA AND HOW DO THEY IMPACT THE DECISION THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAKES GOING FORWARD >> Rosemary: GIVEN HOW INTERTWINED THE TWO COUNTRIES ARE AND LET'S GIVE PEOPLE NUMBERS TO PUT THAT IN CONTEXT WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT AROUND CONTAINMENT SO WE HEARD FROM DR TAM THAT THERE'S BEEN 15,000 TESTS FOR THE VIRUS IN CANADA

WELL, AT LAST COUNT THERE HAD BEEN 13,000 TESTS IN THE UNITED STATES, WHICH YOU MIGHT THINK THAT'S NOT SO BAD BUT REMEMBER THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS NINE TIMES THE POPULATION OF THIS COUNTRY SO IT IS DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN SOMETHING IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE US

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP LATER THIS AFTERNOON THE US MEDIA IS REPORTING THAT HE'S EXPECTED TO DECLARE A NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY WHICH WILL UNLOCK A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY WHICH ONE WOULD HOPE WOULD MEAN FREEING UP SOME OF THOSE TESTS VASSY KAPELOS, THE HOST OF "POWER & POLITICS," THANK YOU FOR THAT

AND DAVID COCHRANE IS IN THE WEST BLOCK ON WHAT WE JUST HEARD THERE AND WHAT TO KEEP IN MIND DAVID? >> Reporter: I WANT TO BRING UP THE POINT OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY CONSIDER THE UNITED STATES TO BE HIGH RISK OBVIOUSLY IT WAS, YES, THEY DO IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS CANADA CAN ONLY CONTROL WHAT CANADA DOES AND WHAT CANADA CAN CONTROL AND IF YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE NEWS THAT WE'RE GETTING FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER, THE U

S PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE TO THIS HAS BEEN POOR, THE INFORMATION FLOWS HAVE BEEN BAD AND SLOW TO REACT TO THIS WITH A LEVEL OF URGENCY THAT HAS BEEN REQUIRED THAT HAS BECOME OBVIOUS IN ALL OF THE REPORTING WITH THE PROBLEMS OF THE TESTS OUT THERE AND THE TESTING DONE, AND THEY DON'T — I THINK, ROSIE, THEY WANT TO SAY THIS SO EXPLICIT AND PUBLIC BECAUSE OF YOU KNOW WHY AND YOU KNOW WHO THERE'S A POLITICAL RISK HERE AND AN UNQUANTIFIABLE RISK OF OTHER COUNTRIES TAKING ACTIONS THAT AFFECT CANADIANS WITHIN THOSE BORDERS THAT CANADA CANNOT STOP OR SOLVE AND DOESN'T KNOW THAT ARE COMING THEY HAD NO IDEA THAT THE FLIGHT BAN OR THE TRAVEL BAN FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE UNITED STATES WAS COMING THE OTHER NIGHT WHEN DONALD TRUMP ANNOUNCED THAT

IN THE PAST UNDER THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE THIS IS THE SORT OF THING THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CONVEYED TO THEIR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS IN ADVANCE OR AT LEAST A HEADS UP NONE OF THAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW OR HASN'T UP TO THIS POINT IN A CLEAR WAY THOUGH THERE'S SIGNS THAT THE G7 WILL START COORDINATING ON VIRAL RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC RESPONSE IN A SIGNIFICANT WAY BUT THIS IS I THINK THE CORE MESSAGE ON THAT IS THAT CANADA CAN ONLY CONTROL WHAT HAPPENS IN CANADA RIGHT NOW AND WHAT IT CAN'T CONTROL IS THE VIRUS AND WHAT IT CAN'T CONTROL IS WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES DO SO STAY PUT UNLESS IT'S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY

TWO THINGS TO POINT OUT, ROSIE, AS SORT OF REASSURANCE FROM WHAT WE'RE HEARING BECAUSE I THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR REASSURANCE IN WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW AND THAT IS THAT CANADA HAS LIVED EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH LARGE-SCALE HEALTH OUTBREAKS FROM SARS TO H1N1 AND PUTTING PLANS AND SYSTEMS IN PLACE FROM A LEARNED EXPERIENCE FROM THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE STILL DEALING WITH PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH EMERGENCIES, YOU KNOW, AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVELS ARE DEALING WITH THIS NOW SO THERE'S EXPERIENCE AT THAT LEVEL AND THERE'S ALSO ON THE ECONOMIC FRONT THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF THE GLOBAL MELTDOWN OF ABOUT 12 YEARS AGO STARTING IN 2008 SO THERE IS — THERE IS EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THIS AND PLANS THAT HAVE PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE OR ADAPTED FROM THE FAILURES OF THESE PAST EXPERIENCES THAT ARE BEING DEPLOYED RIGHT NOW

AND ONE OTHER POINT TOO ON THE REROUTING OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL A SENSE THAT I GET FROM TALKING TO PEOPLE FROM A VERY OBVIOUS WAY THAT COULD BE IMPLEMENT SIDE THAT YOUR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FLIGHTS, SAY, MONTRÉAL AND TORONTO AND VANCOUVER, THE THREE BIGGEST CITIES AND THE BIGGEST AIRPORTS AND THE BUSIEST AIRPORTS AND YOU BACKSTOP YOUR BORDER SERVICES AND HEALTH PERSONNEL THERE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN >> Rosemary: RIGHT, OKAY AND THOSE DETAILS TO COME BUT THAT MAKES SENSE TO SEND THEM TO BIG CENTRES

WE'RE STANDING BY TO BRING YOU A PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE FINANCE MINISTER BILL MORNEAU HE IS SLATED TO SPEAK AT 2:00 JUST GOT WORD THAT THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF CANADA WILL JOIN THE FINANCE MINISTER TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY RIGHT NOW WHICH, OBVIOUSLY, IS IN SOME JEOPARDY, WHICH IS BEING SQUEEZED BECAUSE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT EVERY COUNTRY IS DEALING WITH SO WE'LL HEAR MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE IMMEDIATE MEASURES THAT WILL BE PUT IN PLACE THAT THE FINANCE MINISTER WILL TALK ABOUT LATER BUT, OF COURSE, THE BIG NEWS CAME FROM THE PRIME MINISTER EARLIER TODAY WHO ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT FISCAL STIMULUS PACKAGE TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING DAYS TO HELP BOTH THE COUNTRY AND ITS CITIZENS TO COPE WITH THE PRESSURES OF THIS ON THE ECONOMY AND ON YOUR PERSONAL FINANCES TOO

THE PRIME MINISTER AS YOU KNOW OR AS YOU MAY NOT KNOW IS SELF-ISOLATING RIGHT NOW AT HOME BECAUSE HIS WIFE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 HE'S THERE WITH HIS FAMILY BUT HE DID TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO COME OUT AND TO SPEAK TO CANADIANS EARLIER TODAY HERE'S WHAT HE HAD TO TELL US >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: YESTERDAY I SHARED WITH YOU THAT MY WIFE SOPHIE WAS BEING TESTED FOR COVID-19 AND THAT TEST DID COME BACK POSITIVE SOPHIE'S SYMPTOMS REMAIN MILD BUT WE ARE FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE AND TAKING EVERY PRECAUTION SHE WILL REMAIN IN ISOLATION FOR THE TIME BEING

WE ARE THINKING ABOUT ALL OF THE FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE SAME DIAGNOSIS WE'RE IN GOOD HANDS WE HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN CANADA'S HEALTH OFFICIALS AND PROFESSIONALS THIS MEANS THAT UPON MY DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION THAT I WILL REMAIN IN SELF-ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS I WANT TO BE CLEAR, I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS, I HAVE BEEN FEELING GOOD

AND TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS ME TO WORK FROM HOME OF COURSE IT'S AN INCONVENIENCE AND SOMEWHAT FRUSTRATING, BUT WE ARE ALL SOCIAL BEINGS, AFTER ALL BUT WE HAVE TO DO THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBOURS AND OUR FRIENDS, ESPECIALLY OUR MORE VULNERABLE SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WE ARE FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE AS SHOULD ALL CANADIANS ON THAT NOTE I WANT TO THANK ALL OF CANADA'S HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY WHO ARE DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB SUPPORTING AND LOOKING AFTER ALL OF US

(Voice of Translator): I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK ALL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA WHICH IS DOING EXEMPLARY WORK I NOW WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT CANADA WILL BE DOING TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY AND SECURITY AND PROTECT YOUR HEALTH YESTERDAY I HAD A DISCUSSION WITH A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL LEADERS, INCLUDING PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE UNITED STATES, PRIME MINISTER JOHNSON, AND PRIME MINISTER CONTE IN ITALY I ALSO TOOK PART IN THE MEETING OF THE SPECIAL CABINET COMMITTEE MEETING ON COVID-19, AND I HAD TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH FINANCE MINISTERS WITH RESPECT TO THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO THE C

EO OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLC

THIS MORNING I HAD A CABINET MEETING AND I SPOKE TO PRESIDENT MACRON OF FRANCE THOSE DISCUSSIONS WILL BE CONTINUING IN THE COMING DAYS EARLIER TODAY MINISTER BLAIR, HAJDU, DID ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE RECOMMENDING THAT CANADIANS AVOID ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY WE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE CRUISE SHIP SEASON WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY AND THAT WE WILL BE TIGHTENING CONTROL MEASURES AT AIRPORTS WE WILL BE LOOKING TO CONTROL INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN CANADA

[end of translation] CANADA HAS ADVISED CANADIANS TO CURTAIL NON-ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND THE CRUISE SEASON IS SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY AND THAT WE'RE BRINGING IN ADDITIONAL SCREENING MEASURES AT AIRPORTS WE ARE ALSO STREAMLINING OVERSEAS ARRIVALS TO BE BETTER POSITIONED FOR SCREENING YESTERDAY WE SAW MANY PROVINCES TAKE STRONG STEPS TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE

THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR WORK LATER TODAY I'LL HAVE A CALL WITH THE PREMIERS AND THE INDIGENOUS LEADERS TO DISCUSS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND COORDINATE OUR EFFORTS, INCLUDING THE OVER BILLION DOLLAR COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND WHICH PROVIDES MONEY TO THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO SUPPORT PREPARATION AND MITIGATION THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT STEPS AND WE WILL DO MORE THE PROVINCES AND THE TERRITORIES ARE FACING VARIOUS LEVELS OF RISK BUT WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT WE ALIGN OUR RESPONSE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ADDRESSING COVID-19 MUST BE A TEAM CANADA EFFORT

TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE, TO MITIGATE THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE VIRUS AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER WE ARE TALKING REGULARLY WE ARE COORDINATING OUR EFFORTS WE'RE FOLLOWING THE SITUATION VERY CLOSELY AND WE'RE PULLING OUT ALL OF THE STOPS

I KNOW THAT YOU'RE WORRIED YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR HEALTH, ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH ABOUT YOUR JOB YOUR SAVINGS AND ABOUT PAYING RENT

AND ABOUT THE KIDS NOT BEING IN SCHOOL I KNOW THAT YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT UNCERTAINTY AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY THE STEPS BEING TAKEN TO KEEP YOU SAFE HAVE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT BUT WHAT IS ALSO TRUE IS THAT WE ARE IN THE ENVIABLE POSITION OF HAVING SIGNIFICANT FISCAL FIREPOWER AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT YOU THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE MEASURES THAT WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN

THE FINANCE MINISTER IS ALSO IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH HIS INTERNATIONAL COUNTERPARTS TO FIND WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF THE VIRUS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY HE WILL HAVE FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS SHORTLY THIS AFTERNOON THE AGREEMENT THAT WE REACHED WITH OTHER PARTIES TO SUSPEND THE HOUSE TODAY ALSO STILL GIVES US THE FLEXIBILITY TO DO THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO SUPPORT CANADIANS NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PAYING RENT >> Rosemary: THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA SPEAKING OUTSIDE OF HIS HOME WHERE HE'S SELF-ISOLATING WITH HIS FAMILY FOR THE NEXT 14 DAYS

BUT AS YOU HEARD THERE, STILL ABLE TO WORK REMOTELY FROM HIS HOME, TALKING TO WORLD LEADERS HE HAS A CALL SCHEDULED WITH PREMIERS AND INDIGENOUS LEADERS OF THIS COUNTRY LATER TODAY THAT IS, OF COURSE, AFTER THE FIRST MINISTERS' MEETING GOT CANCELLED WE HAVE SPECIAL COVERAGE CONTINUING HERE ON CBC NEWS NETWORK YOU CAN WATCH THE FINANCE MINISTER BILL MORNEAU, HE WILL BE JOINED BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF CANADA STEPHEN POLOZ AND THEY'LL BE ON THIS NETWORK AT 2:00 p

m EASTERN TO DISCUSS SORT OF THE IMMEDIATE MEASURES THAT THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT BE ABLE TO TAKE TO HELP THE ECONOMY AND WE'LL TAKE YOU AT 3:00 pm EASTERN TO DONALD TRUMP'S NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE PANDEMIC

AND WE'LL HAVE A SPECIAL EARLIER EDITION OF "POWER & POLITICS" WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND VASSY KAPELOS, STARTING AT 4:00 pm EASTERN ALL COMING UP LIVE THIS AFTERNOON RIGHT HERE ON CBC NEWS NETWORK AS WE TRY TO KEEP YOU REALLY ON TOP OF SOME IMPORTANT AND CHANGING INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE DEVELOPMENT, THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED HERE TODAY AFTER THE GOVERNMENT MADE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF ANNOUNCEMENTS

ONE OF THEM AND PROBABLY THE ONE THAT IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO HEAR TODAY AND ADVICE TO NOT TRAVEL — ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA SAYS SHOULD BE CANCELLED AND THAT, OF COURSE, IN THIS PROVINCE AND IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO WILL HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT BECAUSE IT'S THE BEGINNING OF SPRING BREAK AT THE END OF TODAY, THIS FRIDAY WE HAVE CBC'S ELLEN MAURO LIVE AT PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SO, ELLEN, I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT IF YOU HAVE YOUR SUITCASES PACKED AND YOU'RE CHECKING IN, WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING AND HOW ARE THEY REACTING? >> Reporter: WELL, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A REALLY DIFFICULT SITUATION FOR TRAVELLERS WITH THIS ADVISORY TO AVOID ANY NON-ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL THIS MORNING, BECAUSE AS YOU SAID PEOPLE ARE HERE AT THE AIRPORT ALBEIT, NOT MANY PEOPLE

PEARSON INTERNATIONAL IS CANADA'S BUSIEST AIRPORT AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT AS RELATIVELY EMPTY AS IT IS TODAY SO PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, HERE HAVE A HARD CHOICE SHOULD THEY CONTINUE ON WITH THE PLANS THEY MAY HAVE SPENT MONTHS SAVING FOR? AND A NUMBER OF THE PEOPLE WHO WE SPOKE TO HERE THIS MORNING SAY THEY'RE DOING EXACTLY THAT OF COURSE, THEY'RE CONCERNED, BUT THEY ARE GOING AHEAD WITH TRAVEL PLANS HAVE A LISTEN TO WHAT SOME HAD TO SAY — >> MY SON IS GOING AWAY FOR A GOLF TOURNAMENT AND THE TRAINING CAMP

SO WE HAVE BEEN PLANNING FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS NOW SO, YEAH, WE'RE GOING >> WE'RE ALREADY ON OUR WAY AND WE HAVE OUR THREE KIDS FROM CALGARY WHO ARE MEETING US AT THE RESORT THEY'RE ALREADY IN THE AIR SO WE ARE ON OUR WAY

>> I USED THE EXPRESSION BEFORE THAT WE'RE PAST THE COMMITMENT SO WE'LL TAKE PRECAUTIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY AND IF WE HAVE TO STAY DOWN THERE LONGER, THEN THAT'S OUR CHOICE >> Reporter: WHAT IS YOUR NAME? >> I'M ANDREA >> Reporter: I JUST MET ANDREA HERE AT THE AIRPORT AND YOU'RE TRAVELING WITH YOUR FAMILY TODAY? >> I AM >> Reporter: WHERE ARE YOU GOING? >> I FEEL THAT I'M AS SAFE HERE AS I CAN BE RIGHT NOW I HAVE MORE ACCESS TO TOILET PAPER

>> Reporter: A LOT OF PANIC BUYING AND HOARDING GOING ON ARE YOU AWARE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S TRAVEL ADVISORY ISSUE THIS MORNING? >> WE JUST HEARD IT EN ROUTE AND WE HAD ALREADY CHECKED IN, BUT FOR OUR FAMILY WE ARE ALL HEALTHY, WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE PRECAUTIONS AND, I FEEL VERY SAFE TRAVELLING TODAY >> Reporter: WHEN I SAW YOU, I SAW YOU PUTTING ON HAND SANITIZER SOME OF THE PRECAUTIONS THAT YOU ARE MAKING FOR THIS TRIP? >> AS WE ALWAYS DO IN THE FLU SEASON IN THE WINTER, MY KIDS STAY HOME WHEN THEY'RE SICK AND WE WASH OUR HANDS MY KIDS PLAY COMPETITIVE SPORTS AND IF THEY'RE NOT WELL, WE DON'T GO

AND I THINK THAT IS REALISTICALLY WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE DOING AND I UNDERSTAND THE PANIC, BUT A LOT OF THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HYPE IN THE MEDIA, I HAVE TO SAY AND SOCIAL MEDIA >> Reporter: I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE A GOOD FLIGHT, A GOOD TRIP AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TALKING WITH US I APPRECIATE IT BUT WE DO HAVE THOSE ADVISORIES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND FROM THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND ADVISING PEOPLE AGAINST ANY NON-ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

THAT IS THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE MORNING, BUT, AGAIN, MANY TRAVELLERS, THAT WE'RE SPEAKING TO LIKE ANDREA AND HER FAMILY ARE CONTINUING ON WITH TRAVEL PLANS >> Rosemary: YEAH, IT'S A TOUGH THING TO SORT OUT, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S SOMETHING THAT AS YOU SAY, ELLEN, THAT YOU HAVE BEEN PLANNING AND SAVING FOR AND HOPING FOR BUT WHAT THE HEALTH MINISTER SAID THOUGH, JUST IN CASE YOU TALKED TO MORE PEOPLE, IS THAT IT'S VERY HIGH RISK AND I WOULD ALSO ASSUME THAT THAT WOULD MEAN THAT IF THEY GET INTO A SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE, OR IT BECOMES DIFFICULT, THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA WILL BE LIMITED OR PERHAPS NOT ABLE TO HELP THEM AT ALL SO IT'S INTERESTING THAT THERE WAS ONE WOMAN IN THE STREETER THERE IS IN THAT PACK OF PEOPLE THERE THAT IS PREPARED TO STAY LONGER BUT, YOU KNOW, I DO WONDER WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT IF THEY DO GET INTO THAT KIND OF A SITUATION AND THE HELP THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GET IS REALLY LIMITED >> Reporter: THAT'S REALLY FOR THE ISSUE THAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE THAT OFFICIAL NON-ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ADVISORY

THAT DOES CHANGE THE PLAYING FIELD QUITE A BIT, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY'RE TAKING ON THAT RISK FOR GOING AS WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING THEY HAVE BEEN SAVING AND PLANNING, YOU KNOW, THAT REALITY WHEN YOU COME BACK, CAN YOU DO THAT SELF-QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION, CAN YOU STAY? IT'S A VERY FLUID SITUATION THAT TRAVELLERS HAVE TO CONSIDER HERE BUT, AGAIN, NOT TOO MANY TRAVELLERS I WANT TO SHOW YOU MORE OF THE SCENE HERE AT THE AIRPORT YOU CAN SEE A COUPLE DOZEN PEOPLE BUT NOT THAT MANY COMPARATIVELY

THERE ARE MORE HAND SANITIZER STATIONS AND THEY ARE THROUGHOUT THE AIRPORT YOU CAN SEE THIS ONE HERE THE AIRPORT SAYS THAT THERE ARE MORE ON ORDER BUT I'VE BEEN COMING TO THE AIRPORT OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS THROUGHOUT OUR COVERAGE OF COVID-19 AND THIS IS REALLY, YOU KNOW, A STARK DIFFERENCE FROM WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE TODAY IN TERMS OF THE LEVEL OF THE CROWDS AS YOU SAID, ROSIE, THIS IS THE FRIDAY BEFORE MARCH BREAK

AND THIS WOULD NORMALLY BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST TRAVEL DAYS OF THE YEAR AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING AT PEARSON REFLECTS THE GROWING — THE RAMPING UP OF THE RESPONSE THAT WE'RE SEEING TO THIS VIRUS ACROSS THE COUNTRY >> Rosemary: RIGHT, ELLEN MAURO AT PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THANK YOU FOR THAT, ELLEN I APPRECIATE IT AND, AGAIN, THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, CANADA'S PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY IS NOW TELLING CANADIANS THEY SHOULD AVOID ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

AND THE RISK THERE IS NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF GETTING ILL AND TRYING TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS BUT IT'S REALIZING THAT IF YOU COME HOME FROM A COUNTRY WHERE THIS HAS SPREAD RAPIDLY THAT YOU MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS WHEN YOU GET BACK SO THAT'S THE BIT THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD REALLY PROBABLY START CONSIDERING AS THEY MAKE THEIR PLANS AND THE CBC'S CHRIS ENSING IS IN WINDSOR, ONTARIO, ACROSS FROM DETROIT, MICHIGAN, OF COURSE CHRIS, WHAT ARE THINGS LOOKING LIKE THERE BECAUSE WE HEARD FROM BILL BLAIR EARLIER IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THE INCREASED SCREENING IS NOT JUST AT LAND PORTS BUT AT MARITIME CROSSINGS AND SO THEY'RE RAMPING UP THINGS EVERYWHERE TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE CONTAINING THINGS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE >> Reporter: WELL, EXACTLY

AND HERE WE HAVE THE AMBASSADOR BRIDGE, ONE OF THE BUSIEST INTERNATIONAL CROSSINGS IN NORTH AMERICA AND YOU HAVE TRUCKS GOING ACROSS AND PEOPLE IN CARS TO GO ON MARCH BREAK AND PEOPLE WERE ASKING IF THE BORDER IS STILL OPEN, YES, BUT MORE SIGNAGE AND DIFFERENT QUESTIONS BEING ASKED AS WELL NOW IF YOU'RE COMING IN FROM THE UNITED STATES INTO CANADA, YOU ARE BEING ASKED BY BORDER AGENTS MORE QUESTIONS BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND AT A CERTAIN POINT YOU MAY BE PULLED ASIDE FOR A SECONDARY READING IF YOU START TO SET OFF FLAGS

THAT'S WHEN THEY GET ON THE PHONE WITH A QUARANTINE OFFICER THEY AREN'T ON THE GROUND AND SO IT'S SOMEONE THEY'RE TALKING TO BY PHONE BUT THEY HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO PUT THAT PERSON IN QUARANTINE IF THEY CONTINUE TO SHOW SYMPTOMS SO THE UNION IS CALLING FOR A PRESENCE ON THAT A BIG PART ABOUT THE BORDER AS WELL, WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND HOW MUCH IT AFFECTS AND WHETHER TO CLOSE OR KEEP IT OPEN

THERE'S 6,000 TO 7,000 PEOPLE INSIDE OF OUR REGION HERE IN WINDSOR- ESSEX WHO CROSS EVERY DAY AND THEY'RE GOING TO HOSPITALS IN DETROIT IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD IF YOU HAD A CHANGE LIKE THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE THE IMPACT ON THAT SIDE AND THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE ECONOMY IS THAT WE HAVE ALL OF THESE PARTS THAT CRISS-CROSS THE BORDER IF ARE OR MANUFACTURING SECTOR I TALKED TO THE HEAD OF THE AUTO PARTS MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION WHO SAID THAT SMALLTIME BUSINESSES HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE FEELING A PIN, IN PART BECAUSE OF ANXIETY AND WONDERING WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT AND THE OTHER IS COST THEY HAD TO SOURCE PROBLEM OTHER PARTS BECAUSE OF QUARANTINES IN OTHER COUNTRIES

ON THURSDAY WE LEARNED THAT THE CHRYSLER PACIFIC AT THE ASSEMBLY PLANT HERE, 6,000 PEOPLE, IT STOPPED PRODUCTION OUT OF CONCERNS ABOUT POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO A CORONAVIRUS CASE NOW THERE'S NO COVID CASES AT THIS TIME IN WINDSOR, BUT IT HALTED THE LINE WHICH HAS A TRICKLE ECT FOR THE SECONDARY PRODUCERS AND THE THIRD-TIER PRODUCERS AND YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS IMPACTS THE ECONOMY AND PEOPLE'S JOBS IT'S INTN AN INTERESTING LOOK AT HOW THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF THESE TYPE OF DECISIONS BUT THE PEOPLE THAT WE'RE TALKING TO ARE WONDERING WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE BORDER AND LIKE WE HAVE HEARD BEFORE IT'S STILL OPEN AND THERE'S ADDED PRECAUTIONS AND QUESTIONS, BUT IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THAT ALL PLAYS OUT HERE AT A BORDER CITY >> Rosemary: CHRIS ENSING, I APPRECIATE THE PERSPECTIVE FROM WINDSOR

A LOT IS ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH AND KEEPING YOU SAFE AND WELL, OBVIOUSLY, BUT THE OTHER PART OF THIS IS ABOUT HOW IT AFFECTS THE ECONOMY WE'RE ABOUT TO GO TO BILL MORNEAU AND THEY WILL TALK ABOUT THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY AND WHAT IMMEDIATE MEASURES COULD BE PUT IN PLACE TO HELP PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY PEOPLE THAT ARE WORRIED ABOUT STAYING HOME FROM WORK OR HAVE TO LOOK AFTER THEIR CHILDREN BECAUSE SCHOOLS HAVE NOW BEEN CLOSED BOTH IN ONTARIO AND IN QUÉBEC WE'LL BRING THAT TO YOU AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR JENNIFER HALL THOUGH IS IN TORONTO AND LOOKING AT THE COUNTRY-WIDE PICTURE WHICH IS REALLY CHANGING VERY QUICKLY O I'M GLAD THAT YOU COULD GIVE US AN UPDATE, JENNIFER

>> Jennifer: IT IS, ROSIE, HOUR BY HOUR WHEN WE LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND SEE THE MEASURES IMPLEMENTED AND ANNOUNCED JUST TODAY THAT AFFECT THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY, THAT IT'S ABOUT PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT AND COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAS SUFFERED OUTBREAKS OF COVID-19, CANADA'S NUMBERS SO FAR ARE RELATIVELY LOW SO THE LATEST NUMBERS THAT WE'RE SEEING HERE IN TERMS OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, 179 PEOPLE AND THAT IS AS WE KNOW AS OF YESTERDAY, INCLUDING TWO YOUNG CHILDREN SO IN B

C NOW REPORTING 53 CASES OF COVID-19 AND MOVING NEXT DOOR TO ALBERTA, THERE ARE 23 CASES REPORTED THERE AND THERE'S ALSO FOUR PRESUMPTIVE CASES BEING REPORTED IN SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA COMBINED ONTARIO IS WHERE WE SAW A BIG JUMP TODAY

ONTARIO HAS THE MOST CASES IN CANADA WITH A TOTAL OF 79 SO THAT IS WHAT OUR NATIONAL TOTAL IS TODAY QUÉBEC REPORTING 17 CASES OF COVID-19 AND NEW BRUNSWICK JUST ONE CASE OF THE VIRUS NOW IMPORTANT ALSO TO POINT OUT THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THESE CASES, 90% OF THEM, ROSIE, ARE DIRECTLY LINKED TO TRAVEL

AND SOME OF THE MEASURES THAT PROVINCES HAVE TAKEN AND WE SEE NEW MEASURES EVERY DAY, SO ONTARIO YESTERDAY AND WE SAW THEM ANNOUNCING THAT ALL PUBLICLY FUNDED SCHOOLS WOULD BE CLOSING FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF THREE WEEKS AS WE HAVE BEEN SAYING IN LOOKING AT THE AIRPORT HEADING INTO MARCH BREAK ADDING TWO WEEKS AFTER THAT WHICH ESSENTIALLY DOES COVER OFF A 14-DAY PERIOD IF SOMEONE HAD DECIDED TO TRAVEL QUÉBEC TODAY ALSO DECIDING TO CLOSE ALL SCHOOLS THAT IS FROM DAYCARE TO CEGEP AND UP TO UNIVERSITIES THAT BEGINS ON MONDAY AND THAT IS FOR A TWO-WEEK PERIOD AS WE KNOW THAT CAN ALWAYS CHANGE

PREMIER LEGAULT ALSO CALLING ON THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN VISITORS SO MAKING, YOU KNOW, SOME URGENT DEMANDS FROM THAT PROVINCE BC, AMONG OTHER THINGS WE KNOW THAT ARE CALLING FOR A CANCELLATION OF ANY GATHERINGS OVER 250 PEOPLE

AND ALBERTA, ROSIE, IS TAKING THE STEP OF SAYING FORGET ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL OR GOING TO THE UNITED STATES, WHY DON'T YOU JUST STAY WITHIN OUR OWN PROVINCE >> Rosemary: RIGHT I AM GLAD THAT YOU POINTED OUT THE NUMBER OF CASES THAT ARE CAUSED BY TRAVEL YOU SAID IT'S ABOUT 90% AND I HAVE SOMEONE ON TWITTER ASKING ME THAT QUESTION BECAUSE ONCE WE GET TO COMMUNITY SPREAD, THAT IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PICTURE

THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DEALING WITH, FOR INSTANCE, IN ITALY AND IN CHINA AND THE ATTEMPT RIGHT NOW IS TO TRY TO CONTAIN THINGS AND TO LIMIT TRAVEL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, CERTAINLY BUT ALSO TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT HOW YOU'RE INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE SOCIALLY GIVE US A SENSE OF THAT GLOBAL PICTURE TOO >> Jennifer: IT IS GOOD TO LOOK AT THE GLOBAL PICTURE AND IN PLACES HARDEST HIT TO SEE WHAT A COUNTRY LIKE CANADA MIGHT BE FACING

THE WHO IN THEIR DAILY BRIEFING TODAY HAS SAID THAT NOW 5,000 PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO CORONAVIRUS IT'S BEING CALLED A TRAGIC MILESTONE

BUT HERE IS ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS OUT OF THAT DAILY BRIEFING TODAY CHINA NO LONGER CONSIDERED THE EPI-CENTRE HAVE A LISTEN >> EUROPE HAS NOW BECOME THE EPI-CENTRE OF THE PANDEMIC WITH MORE REPORTED CASES AND DEATHS THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED APART FROM CHINA

MORE CASES ARE NOW BEING REPORTED EVERY DAY THAN WERE REPORTED IN CHINA AT THE HIGHEST OF ITS EPIDEMIC >> Jennifer: SO QUITE REMARKABLE THERE NOW TO HEAR THAT EUROPE IS BEING CONSIDERED THE EPI-CENTRE OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK SO LET'S BREAK THAT DOWN A LITTLE BIT FOR YOU IN ITALY THE LATEST IS THAT THE DEATH TOLL HAS TAKEN A DRAMATIC JUMP IN JUST THE LAST 24 HOURS — 25%, THAT'S THE LARGEST SINCE THE OUTBREAK THERE AND MORE THAN 1,200 PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND WE KNOW THAT ITALY HAS IMPLEMENTED EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES

THE ENTIRE COUNTRY LOCKED DOWN OUTINGS AND GOING TO THE DOCTOR ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED THERE ARE STRICT GUIDELINES ON ALL OF THAT WE HAVE BEEN CHECKING IN WITH PEOPLE HOLED UP NOW, SOMETIMES ALONE, IN MANY CASES IN AN APARTMENT WE KNOW THAT CANADIANS ARE THERE AND CANADIAN STUDENTS AND A YOUNG AU PAIR FROM CANADA WHO WAS LIVING A DREAM AND NOW STUCK IN A SMALL TOWN IN ITALY UNABLE TO GET OUT OF THE COUNTRY

SO THOSE ARE SOME MEASURES TAKEN THERE FRANCE HAS NOW SEEN 61 DEATHS THAT'S ANOTHER COUNTRY IN EUROPE WHERE WE ARE SEEING AND EXPECTING TO SEE FAIRLY DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES SPAIN TODAY ANNOUNCING IN ORDER TO PREVENT BECOMING THE SCENE THAT WE SAW IN ITALY, THE PRIME MINISTER THERE SAYING THAT WE'RE IMPLEMENTING A TWO-WEEK STATE OF EMERGENCY THAT IS STARTING FROM TOMORROW

IRAN WE KNOW THAT HAS ALSO BEEN BADLY HIT BY COVID-19 AND THE CASES THERE AS OF TODAY REPORTED TO BE SURGING TODAY REPORTING THE HIGHEST SINGLE DAY DEATH TOLL AT 85 PEOPLE THEY'VE HAD 515 DEATHS SO FAR SO BACK TO CHINA, ROSIE, FOR A FINAL THOUGHT ON THAT

TODAY — I THINK THAT WE SHOULD ALL TAKE — IT'S INFORMATIVE TO LOOK AT THIS NUMBER AND AS WE FIGHT THIS AND WE'RE AT THE BEGINNING STAGE OF THIS, FIVE NEW CASES ONLY ANNOUNCED TODAY IN WUHAN, HUBEI PROVINCE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN IN ALL OF CHINA TODAY ONLY EIGHT NEW CASES SO THOSE TEMPORARY HOSPITALS SET UP IN A MATTER OF DAYS, WE KNOW THAT THOSE HAVE BEEN CLOSING AND BUSINESS IS RETURNING TO NORMAL JUST ONE SMALL EXAMPLE — APPLE CLOSED, I THINK THAT IT HAD CLOSE TO 40 STORES ACROSS THE COUNTRY OF CHINA CLOSED THOSE IN EARLY FEBRUARY AND TODAY SAYING THAT WE'RE BACK IN BUSINESS

>> Rosemary: THAT IS GOOD CONTEXT THERE WORTH REMINDING PEOPLE THAT THE FIRST CASE WAS DETECTED SORT OF IN MID-DECEMBER SO IT WAS A LONG HAUL AND THERE WERE EXTREME MEASURES PUT IN PLACE IN CHINA IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THINGS BUT CLEARLY IT'S WORKING THANK YOU, JENNIFER HALL I WANT TO SHOW YOU THERE A LIVE LOOK AT, OF COURSE, WHAT THE MARKETS ARE DOING BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN AN IMPACT THROUGHOUT THE WEEK STARTING ON MONDAY

PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE PRICE OF OIL AFTER A DISPUTE WITH SAUDI ARABIA BUT, OBVIOUSLY, IT IS THE PRESSURE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS AROUND THE WORLD NOT AS HIGH AS THEY WERE EARLIER IN THE DAY AND STILL IN POSITIVE TERRITORY THAT WOULD REASSURE A LOT OF PEOPLE AND SCOTT PETERSON IS WATCHING THIS FOR US SO, SCOTT, IT'S ONE DAY SINCE THAT HISTORIC PLUNGE WITH STOCKS

WHAT ARE THE MARKS TELLING US NOW? >> THEY'RE WAITING FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BILL MORNEAU IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES' TIME WE SAW THE TSX LANGUISHING EARLIER TODAY AND HAD OPENED UP ABOUT A THOUSAND POINTS AND NOW IT'S READY FOR A STIMULUS ANNOUNCEMENT

THEY ARE ALMOST CLAIRVOYANT IN PREDICTING WHAT PEOPLE EXPECT TO HEAR FROM THE FINANCE MINISTER AND WITH THE MESSAGE FROM THE US PRESIDENT, IT COULD BE A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND THEY'RE DECLARING THAT AND THAT RELEASES UP TO $40 BILLION OF FUNDS WE'RE WATCHING THE ENERGY SECT ON AND IT'S UP TODAY AND THE BANKS ARE UP STRONGLY AND WE'RE WATCHING THE TRAVEL COMPANIES BEING BEATEN UP FOR OBVIOUS REASONS AND WE'RE WATCHING AIR CANADA DOWN 13% AND THIS IS ONE DAY AFTER THE T

SX DOWN 12%, SO THESE ARE HISTORIC TIMES BUT THE MARKETS NOW ARE GETTING READY FOR SOME SORT OF MORE STIMULUS AT 2:00 OR 3:00 >> Rosemary: SO, OBVIOUSLY, MAYBE DON'T WANT AT YOUR INVESTMENTS ONLINE TODAY, NOT YET

BUT WHAT KIND OF THINGS COULD THE GOVERNMENT DO TO START PUMPING — WE HEARD FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF A BIG STIMULUS PACKAGE COMING IN THE COMING DAYS AND POTENTIALLY BILLIONS FROM THE US PRESIDENT WHAT CAN A GOVERNMENT DO THOUGH WHEN IT'S COMING TO INDIVIDUALS, RIGHT, TO TRY TO GET THEM SOME HELP AS IT'S NEEDED IMMEDIATELY? >> Reporter: IT'S EASY ENOUGH TO GET IT TO CORPORATIONS, BUT INDIVIDUALS IS TOUGH IT COULD BE THROUGH PAYROLL TAX

BUT HERE'S A PRIME MINISTER DIRECTLY ON THAT QUESTION AND HIS ANSWER ANSWER >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO HELP CANADIANS DIRECTLY, YES, PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE CANADIANS WHO WILL BE PARTICULARLY SQUEEZED IF THEY DON'T GET — AREN'T ABLE TO GO TO WORK THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON AND WE KNOW THAT SMALL BUSINESSES MAY STRUGGLE THROUGH OR WILL STRUGGLE THROUGH THIS PERIOD OF ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN, OF PEOPLE CHOOSING TO STAY AT HOME AND PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES

WE WILL LOOK AT HOW TO SUPPORT THEM SO THAT ONCE WE GET THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME THAT OUR ECONOMY AND CANADIANS WILL CONTINUE TO PROSPER >> Rosemary: OKAY, STANDING BY TO BRING YOU A PRESS CONFERENCE FROM THE FINANCE MINISTER AND THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF CANADA AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE Download today CBC Listen Hear it all here Announcer: All-new Ki nce on CBC and CBC Gem

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WE ARE EXPECTING SOON, PERHAPS AS SOON AS NOW, THOUGH WE'RE HEARING THAT IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE DELAYED, THE FINANCE MINISTER BILL MORNEAU TO TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC MEASURES THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING TO PUT IN PLACE TO HELP CANADIANS TO COPE WITH COVID-19 AND WE ARE STANDING BY AS WELL TO BRING YOU AN UPDATE FROM THE US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WHO IS EXPECTED AT 3:00 TO ANNOUNCE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY IN THE UNITED STATES TO UNLOCK $40 BILLION IN DISASTER FUNDING FIRST FROM OUR FINANCE MINISTER AND WE'LL HAVE THAT LIVE WHEN IT STARTS

LAST HOUR PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU ADDRESSED THE NATION ON CANADA'S PLAN TO HANDLE THIS AND HE SPOKE FROM OTTAWA WHERE HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE IN SELF-ISOLATION >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: YESTERDAY I SHARED WITH YOU THAT MY WIFE, SOPHIE, WAS TESTED FOR COVID-19 AND THAT TEST DID COME BACK POSITIVE SOPHIE'S SYMPTOMS REMAIN MILD BUT WE'RE FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE AND TAKING EVERY PRECAUTION

SHE WILL REMAIN IN ISOLATION FOR THE TIME BEING WE ARE THINKING ABOUT ALL OF THE FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE SAME DIAGNOSIS WE'RE IN GOOD HANDS WE HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN CANADA'S HEALTH OFFICIALS AND PROFESSIONALS THIS MEANS THAT UPON MY DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION THAT I WILL REMAIN IN SELF-ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS

I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS AND I'VE BEEN FEELING GOOD AND TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS ME TO WORK FROM HOME OF COURSE IT'S AN INCONVENIENCE AND SOMEWHAT FRUSTRATING, WE ARE ALL SOCIAL BEINGS, AFTER ALL, BUT WE HAVE TO DO THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBOURS AND OUR FRIENDS, ESPECIALLY OUR MORE VULNERABLE SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WE ARE FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE AS SHOULD ALL CANADIANS ON THAT NOTE I WANT TO THANK ALL OF CANADA'S HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY WHO ARE DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB SUPPORTING AND LOOKING AFTER ALL OF US

(Voice of Translator): I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK ALL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA WHICH IS DOING EXEMPLARY WORK I NOW WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT CANADA WILL BE DOING TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY AND SECURITY AND PROTECT YOUR HEALTH A, I HAD A DISCUSSION WITH A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL LEADERS, INCLUDING PRESIDENT TRUMP OF THE UNITED STATES, PRIME MINISTER JOHNSON, AND PRIME MINISTER CONTE IN ITALY ALSO TOOK PART IN THE MEETING OF THE SPECIAL CABINET COMMITTEE MEETING ON COVID-19 AND I HAD TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH FINANCE MINISTERS WITH RESPECT TO THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO THE C

EO OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLC

AND I SPOKE TO PRESIDENT MACRON OF FRANCE AND THOSE DISCUSSIONS WILL CONTINUE IN THE COMING DAYS EARLIER TODAY MINISTER BLAIR, HAJDU, DID ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE RECOMMENDING THAT CANADIANS AVOID ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY WE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE CRUISE SHIP SEASON WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY AND THAT WE WILL BE TIGHTENING CONTROL MEASURES AT AIRPORTS WE WILL ALSO BE LOOKING TO BETTER CONTROL INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN CANADA

[end of translation] CANADIANS HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO CURTAIL NON-ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND THAT THE CRUISE SEASON IS SUSPENDED TO JULY AND THAT WE'RE BRINGING IN ADDITIONAL SCREENING MEASURES AT AIRPORTS WE ARE ALSO STREAMLINING OVERSEAS ARRIVALS TO BE BETTER POSITIONED FOR SCREENING YESTERDAY WE SAW MANY PROVINCES TAKE STRONG STEPS TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE THEY ARE DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR EXEMPLARY WORK LATER TODAY I WILL HAVE A CALL WITH THE PREMIERS AND INDIGENOUS LEADERS TO DISCUSS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND COORDINATE OUR EFFORTS, INCLUDING THE OVER A BILLION DOLLAR COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND WHICH PROVIDES MONEY TO THE PROVINCES AND THE TERRITORIES TO SUPPORT PREPARATION AND MITIGATION

THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT STEPS AND WE WILL DO MORE THE TERRITORIES ARE FACING VARIOUS LEVELS OF RISK BUT WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT WE WILL ALIGN OUR RESPONSE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ADDRESSING COVID-19 MUST BE A TEAM CANADA EFFORT TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE, TO MITIGATE THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE VIRUS, ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING TOGETHER WE ARE TALKING REGULARLY

WE ARE COORDINATING OUR EFFORTS WE'RE FOLLOWING THE SITUATION VERY CLOSELY AND WE'RE PULLING OUT ALL OF THE STOPS I KNOW THAT YOU'RE WORRIED YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND ABOUT YOUR FAMILIES' HEALTH ABOUT YOUR JOB

YOUR SAVINGS AND ABOUT PAYING RENT AND ABOUT THE KIDS NOT BEING IN SCHOOL I KNOW THAT YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT — >> Rosemary: I DON'T THINK THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WILL MIND IF WE CUT HIM OFF, A TAPE FROM EARLIER TODAY TO GO TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT WE WAITED FOR AND WITH BILL MORNEAU AND STEPHEN POLOZ >> The Hon

Bill Morneau: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY I'M HERE WITH GOVERNOR POLOZ AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS JEREMY ROUTEN I AM TOLD THAT THIS IS A RARE OCCASION, MAYBE A FIRST FOR A FINANCE MINISTER, A GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF CANADA AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO MAKE A POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT TOGETHER THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES AND THAT MEANS THAT WE ARE READY TO TAKE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES

IN ORDER TO TACKLE THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE WE MUST HAVE A COORDINATED APPROACH OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, YOU HAVE SEEN US TAKE ACTION SWIFTLY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND THE SAFETY OF CANADIANS THIS REMAINS OUR UTMOST PRIORITY OUR MESSAGE TO CANADIANS IS CLEAR — FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES THAT INCLUDES WASHING YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY AND CLOSELY MONITORING SYMPTOMS AND STAYING UP-TO-DATE WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION ON OUR GOVERNMENT'S WEBSITE

I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF YOU WATCHING TODAY ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR FAMILIES WE ENCOURAGE ALL CANADIANS TO TAKE STEPS AS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AS WE HAVE SEEN THIS WEEK, THE REALITY OF THIS VIRUS MEANS THAT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS WE KNOW THAT THIS VIRUS IS CREATED IMPACTS ON OUR ECONOMY AND WE'RE READY TO ADDRESS THESE IMPACTS

EARLIER THIS WEEK WE ANNOUNCED OVER $1 BILLION TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE CONTINUES TO BE WORLD CLASS THROUGH THE RESPONSE FINISHED FE MAKING $500 MILLION AVAILABLE TO STRENGTHEN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM MY COLLEAGUE, MINISTER PATTY HAJDU, IS IN CONVERSATION WITH HER COUNTERPARTS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR NEEDS CONTINUE TO BE MET WE'RE ALSO INVESTING $275 MILLION TO STRENGTHEN CANADA'S CAPACITY IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING RESEARCH ON MEDICAL COUNTER MEASURES, INCLUDING ANTI-VIRALS, VACCINE DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT FOR CLINICAL TRIALS

THE UNCERTAINTY THAT WE'VE SEEN HAS ALSO HAD AN IMPACT ON BUSINESSES AND ON WORKERS TO ENSURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO PROTECT WORKERS, WE ANNOUNCED A WAIVING OF THE ONE-WEEK PERIOD TO CLAIM THE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SICKNESS BENEFIT IF THEY NEED TO BE QUARANTINED TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19, WE ENHANCED THE WORK-SHARING PROGRAMME SO THAT WORKERS CAN CONTINUE TO BE EMPLOYED, EVEN IF THEIR HOURS OF WORK ARE REDUCED WELL, WHAT WE'RE EXPERIENCING IS A HEALTH CRISIS GIVEN ITS BREADTH ACROSS THE GLOBE, IT HAS IMPORTANT ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES

THE UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 HAS INCREASED VOLATILITY IN OUR MARKETS AND I KNOW THAT THIS HAS MADE MANY CANADIANS ANXIOUS BUT I'D LIKE TO START BY SAYING THAT CANADA HAS THE STRONGEST AND THE MOST RESILIENT BANKING SYSTEM IN THE WORLD THAT'S WHAT ALLOWED US TO FARE SO WELL DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS IT'S EVEN BETTER CAPITALIZED NOW AND WILL SERVE CANADIANS JUST AS WELL

AS I HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR BECAUSE OF OUR STRONG FISCAL POSITION, WE'RE READY AND ABLE TO RESPOND TO ANY CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE I'VE BEEN IN CONSTANT CONTACT OVER THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS WITH THE BANKS, WITH LABOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND WITH BUSINESS LEADERS, AS WELL AS MY INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC COUNTERPARTS SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO BE COORDINATED IN OUR ACTIVITIES TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL I'LL BE HOSTING A WEEKLY CONFERENCE CALL WITH MY PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL COUNTERPARTS WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF ALL CANADIANS IN FACT, I SPOKE THIS MORNING WITH THE MINISTER OF FINANCE IN ONTARIO AND THE MINISTER OF FINANCE IN QUÉBEC

THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA IS PREPARING A SIGNIFICANT STIMULUS PROGRAMME TO BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK TO STABILIZE OUR ECONOMY, TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND TO PROTECT CANADIANS DURING A DIFFICULT TIME AS A FIRST STEP TODAY I'M ANNOUNCING THAT WE ARE ESTABLISHING OUR CREDIT FACILITY PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY THIS WILL MAKE $10 BILLION AVAILABLE IN ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN BUSINESSES THROUGH THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA AND EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CANADA [Speaking French] (Voice of Translator): I'M IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE BANKS, UNION LEADERS, AND THE BUSINESS LEADERS AS WELL AS MY INTERNATIONAL COUNTERPARTS AND NATIONAL COUNTERPARTS

SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE OUR COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION TO REACH THIS OBJECTIVE AND WE WILL REALIZE A WEEKLY CALL WITH MY PROVINCIAL COUNTERPARTS AND MY TERRITORIAL COUNTERPARTS WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF ALL CANADIANS THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA IS PUTTING IN PLACE FISCAL STIMULUS MEASURES, MAJOR MEASURES, WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK TO STABILIZE OUR ECONOMY, TO SUPPORT OUR BUSINESSES, AND TO PROTECT CANADIANS DURING THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD FIRST, I AM ANNOUNCING TODAY THAT WE ARE PUTTING IN PLACE OUR CREDIT FACILITY PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT OUR BUSINESSES AND TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY

UNDER THIS PROGRAMME $10 BILLION WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO CANADIAN BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK AND THE EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA [end of translation] THIS PROVES TO BE AN EFFECTIVE TOOL DURING THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS AND IT WILL ENSURE THAT OUR BUSINESSES CONTINUE TO BE RESILIENT DURING THESE VERY UNCERTAIN TIMES IN ADDITION TO ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY FINANCIAL SECTOR AUTHORITIES, I HAVE BEEN IN REGULAR COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE CEO

s OF CANADA'S LARGE BANKS CANADIAN BANKS ALSO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL NEGATIVE IMPACT THAT COVID-19 MAY BE HAVING OR MAY HAVE ON SOME OF THEIR CUSTOMERS THEY'VE MADE A COMMITMENT TO ME WE HAD A DISCUSSION AS RECENTLY AS A COUPLE HOURS AGO, THAT THEY WILL SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS THROUGH THESE DIFFICULT TIMES IN A RESPONSIBLE, FAIR, AND COMPASSIONATE WAY WE'LL BE HOLDING REGULAR CALLS, TWICE WEEKLY CALLS, IN THE COMING WEEKS TO ENSURE THAT THIS HAPPENS

SO WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO TURN TO GOVERNOR POLOZ TO TALK TO YOU AS WELL THANK YOU >> WELL, THANK YOU, MINISTER THE BANK OF CANADA IS CONTRIBUTING TO THIS COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO SUPPORT THE CANADIAN ECONOMY AND FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND TO ENSURE THAT CREDIT CHANNELS REMAIN OPEN

THE BANK IS TODAY CUTTING ITS TARGET FOR THE OVERNIGHT RATE BY 50 BASIS POINTS TO THREE-QUARTERS OF A PERCENT IT'S ALREADY CLEAR THAT THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS IS HAVING SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR CANADIAN FAMILIES AND FOR CANADA'S ECONOMY IN ADDITION, LOWER PRICES FOR OIL, EVEN SINCE OUR LAST SCHEDULED RATE DECISION ON MARCH 4 WILL WEIGH HEAVILY ON THE ECONOMY, PARTICULARLY IN ENERGY INTENSIVE REGIONS COMBINED WITH THE OTHER MEASURES ANNOUNCED TODAY, LOWER INTEREST RATES WILL HELP TO SUPPORT THE CONFIDENCE IN BUSINESSES AND HOUSEHOLDS FOR EXAMPLE, BORROWING COSTS WILL BE LOWERED BOTH FOR NEW PURCHASES AND THROUGH VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGES AND MORTGAGE RENEWALS

TODAY THE BANK ALSO ANNOUNCED A NEW BANKER'S ACCEPTANCE PURCHASE FACILITY THIS WILL SUPPORT A KEY FUNDING MARKET FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES AT A TIME WHEN THEY MAY HAVE INCREASED FUNDING NEEDS AND CREDIT CONDITIONS ARE TIGHTENING THE BANK IS ALSO TAKING OTHER STEPS TO ENSURE THAT THE CANADIAN FINANCIAL SYSTEM HAS SUFFICIENT LIQUIDITY THESE MEASURES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED IN SEPARATE NOTICES ON THE BANK'S WEBSITE THE BANK OF CANADA IS TAKING CONCERTED ACTION TO SUPPORT THE CANADIAN ECONOMY DURING THIS PERIOD OF ECONOMIC STRESS

THE BANK'S GOVERNING COUNT WILL DO WHAT IS REQUIRED TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TO KEEP INFLATION ON TARGET AND WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE THAT THE CANADIAN FINANCIAL SYSTEM HAS LIQUIDITY [Speaking French] (Voice of Translator): THE BANK OF CANADA IS TAKING MEASURES TO SUPPORT THE CANADIAN ECONOMY IN THIS PERIOD OF ECONOMIC TENSION THE BANK'S BOARD WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TO MAINTAIN INFLATION, AND IT WILL ENSURE THAT THE CANADIAN FINANCIAL SYSTEM HAS ENOUGH LIQUIDITY THANK YOU >> I'D LIKE TO ASK JEREMY RUDEN NOW TO SPEAK

>> THANK YOU, MINISTER TODAY I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THE MEASURES THAT WE HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE TO SUPPORT THE RESILIENCE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR ABILITY TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMY SO AS THE MINISTER MENTIONED AND MANY OF YOU WILL RECALL, THE CANADIAN FINANCIAL SYSTEM PERFORMED VERY WELL DURING THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS SINCE THAT TIME, THERE'S BEEN A STRENGTHEN OF REQUIREMENTS AND SUPERVISORY EFFORTS AND THE MOVEMENT TO IMPROVE THE RESILIENCE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO MANAGE THROUGH A PERIOD OF STRESS LIKE THE ONE THAT WE ARE NOW EXPERIENCING ONE OF THESE MEASURES WAS TO INSTITUTE WHAT WE CALLED THE DOMESTIC STABILITY BUFFER WHICH IS AN ADDITIONAL CAPITAL REQUIREMENT FOR DOMESTIC, SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT BANKS THAT IS BUILT UP IN GOOD TIMES AND RELEASED WHEN NEEDED

TODAY WE ARE LOWERING THE DOMESTIC STABILITY BUFFER REQUIREMENT FOR BANKS BY 125% OF RISK WAGED ASSETS, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY TO LEMIND YOU THAT THE DSB

WAS SET AT 225% OF RISK WEIGHTED ASSETS, EFFECTIVE AS OF THE END OF APRIL AND WITH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT THE DSB

REQUIREMENT IS NOW SET AT 1% THIS ACTION WILL REINFORCE THE ABILITY TO APPLY CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY DURING THE EXPECTED PERIOD OF DISRUPTION RELATED TO COVID-19 AND MARKET CONDITIONS WE CALCULATE THAT THE RELEASE OF THE DSB

WILL SUPPORT IN EXCESS OF $300 MILLION OF LENDING CAPACITY BY THE MAJOR BANKS WE ARE ENCOURAGING THESE INSTITUTIONS TO USE THIS CAPITAL AS WELL AS THEIR LIQUIDITY BUFFERS AS REQUIRED [Speaking French] (Voice of Translator): AND TO REDUCE THIS RESERVE BY 125% EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY RECENTLY THE LEVEL WAS SET AT 2

25%, BUT WITH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, THE REQUIREMENT WILL BE REDUCED TO 125% BASED ON OUR CALCULATIONS, THIS WILL INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF LARGE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO EXTEND LOANS TO A FURTHER AMOUNT OF $300 BILLION [end of translation] WE'RE ALSO COMMITTING THAT THE BUFFER WILL NOT INCREASE FOR AT LEAST 18 MONTHS FROM TODAY AND DURING THESE 18 MONTHS WE WILL CONTINUE TO REVIEW THE LEVEL OF THE BUFFER IN CASE WE NEED TO INSTITUTE A FURTHER REDUCTION

WE'RE ALSO ANNOUNCING THAT IN VIEW OF THE CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS AND IN PARTICULAR THE STRAIN ON OPERATIONS OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, WE ARE SUSPENDING CONSULTATIONS ON ALL NEW OR REVISED GUIDANCE THAT WE HAVE CURRENTLY HAVE AND THIS INCLUDES SUSPENDING THE CONSULTATION WHICH IS CURRENTLY ONGOING ON THE PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE BENCHMARK RATE FOR UNINSURED MORTGAGES OR AS IT'S MORE COMMONLY CALLED A MORTGAGE STRESS TEST AND THE SUSPENSION OF ALL CONSULTATION WILL CONTINUE UNTIL NORMAL OPERATIONS CAN BE RESUMED IN THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AS A RESULT, INSTITUTIONS WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE BENCHMARK RATE AS CURRENTLY PUBLISHED BY THE BANK OF CANADA [Speaking French] (Voice of Translator): WE HAVE ALSO DECIDED TO HALT ALL CONSULTATIONS WITH REGARD TO CHANGES IN REGULATIONS, INCLUDING THE CONSULTATION ON CHANGES TO THE MORTGAGE STRESS TEST

WE WILL SUSPEND THOSE CONSULTATIONS UNTIL NORMAL CONDITIONS HAVE RETURNED [end of translation] WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH OUR DOMESTIC PARTNERS AND INTERNATIONAL REGULATORS TO ADDRESS THE UNCERTAINTIES IN THE DAYS AHEAD AND TO PROMOTE COORDINATION AND FINANCIAL STABILITY THANK YOU >> ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> I'D LIKE TO THANK THE SUPERINTENDENT, AND ALSO THANK THE GOVERNOR FOR — FOR THE EFFORTS THAT WE'VE MADE TO WORK TOGETHER IN A COORDINATED FASHION

OF COURSE, BOTH OF THEM CONTINUE TO REPRESENT INDEPENDENT ORGINISATIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND THAT IS AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION OF THE CANADIAN ECONOMY AND THE STRENGTH THAT WE HAVE BUT IN A TIME OF STRESS OUR ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR WITH YOU TODAY — WHILE WE'VE TAKEN SOME VERY IMPORTANT STEPS, OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO BE PLANNING FOR EVERY CONTINGENCY WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO CHALLENGES AS THEY COME OUR GOVERNMENT IS READY, ABLE, AND WE WILL BE NIMBLE IN OUR RESPONSES

WE'LL CONTINUE TO PROTECT CANADIANS AND WE'RE CURRENTLY CONSIDERING A VARIETY OF IMPORTANT OPTIONS TO HELP THEM IN THIS TIME OF NEED TO ALL CANADIANS, OUR GOVERNMENT WANTS YOU TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE YOUR BACK WE'LL TAKE EVERY NECESSARY STEP IN FUTURE TO ENSURE THAT YOU CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE AS YOU CAN SEE TODAY WE'VE TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR ECONOMY STRONG AND JUST A WORD FROM ME — WE ARE FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST DAY THAT I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SPEAK TO PROVINCIAL FINANCE MINISTERS, OUR PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN ABLE TO CAUCUS WITH PREMIERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER AS FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN GOVERNMENT, AND WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET THE BANKS TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT HOW THEY CAN BEST MEET UP TO THIS CHALLENGE

WE HAVE A COUNTRY ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER IN A CONCERTED WAY TO PROTECT CANADIANS AND TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMY AND TO KEEP US STRONG THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND WE'RE HAPPY TO TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS >> ABSOLUTELY THANK YOU VERY MUCH

JUST A REMINDER THAT WE'RE ALSO USING THE MIKES SO WE'RE GOING TO START WITH CTV AND THEN GO TO MORE AFTERWARDS >> Question: IAN WOOD, CTV NEWS YOU'VE DONE A LOT FOR BUSINESSES, BUT IT DOESN'T SEEM THAT THERE'S KNOW MUCH FOR WORKERS OUTSIDE OF EI ELIGIBILITY BEING EXPANDED

WILL YOU INCREASE SICK LEAVE BENEFITS FOR THOSE THAT DON'T USUALLY RECEIVE THEM? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: WELL, LET ME START BY SAYING THAT AS YOUR MINISTER OF FINANCE THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO PROTECT CANADIANS AND KEEP OUR ECONOMY STRONG WE ARE LOOKING NOW AT THE WAYS THAT WE CAN DELIVER SUPPORT TO CANADIANS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE MONEY THEY NEED AS THEY GO THROUGH A CHALLENGING TIME YOU HAVE HEARD US TODAY INTRODUCE MEASURES THAT ARE GOING TO ADD $300 BILLION IN LENDING CAPACITY TO BUSINESSES THAT'S IN SUPPORT OF WORKERS

SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN DELIVER — THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW SO THE QUANTUM IS NOT IN QUESTION, THE SUPPORT FOR WORKERS IS NOT IN QUESTION WE'LL HAVE MORE TO TALK ABOUT NEXT WEEK >> Question: WHAT ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS — WHO DOES NOT RECEIVE SICK BENEFITS AND THEY'RE SORT OUT OF THE LOOP ON THIS, EXCEPT FOR POTENTIALLY HAVING THIS AND MY SECOND QUESTION WAS MORE, DO WE FEAR POLITICAL OR ECONOMIC RAMIFICATIONS FROM THE UNITED STATES IF WE WERE TO CLOSE OUR BORDERS WITH THEM? >> The Hon

Bill Morneau: WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO TAKE THE BEST ADVICE FROM HEALTH AUTHORITIES ON HOW WE SHOULD MANAGE OUR BORDERS WE KNOW THAT KEEPING CANADIANS SAFE AND PROTECTING THEIR HEALTH IS NOT ONLY CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE, BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT FOR OUR ECONOMY BY MITIGATING THE RISKS THAT WE SEE AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO TAKE THAT APPROACH >> [Speaking French] >> Question: (Voice of Translator): MR MORNEAU, FIRST QUESTION ON THE BUDGET DATE

CAN YOU TELL US THAT THE BUDGET WILL BE TABLED AFTER APRIL 20th OR BEFORE APRIL 20th? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: (Voice of Translator): THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION AS IT NOW STANDS WE'RE LOOKING AT MEASURES TO TAKE NEXT WEEK TO STIMULATE OUR ECONOMY AND TO ENSURE THAT WE WILL PROTECT CANADIANS THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT

WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE OTHER PARTIES THAT WE MIGHT HAVE AN IMMEDIATE SESSION IF NECESSARY TO PROTECT AND STIMULATE OUR ECONOMY AND TO PROTECT CANADIANS I AM SURE THAT WE WILL HAVE THESE MEASURES IN PLACE FOR OUR ECONOMY AND FOR CANADIANS NEXT WEEK >> Question: (Voice of Translator): WELL, THAT DIDN'T REALLY ANSWER MY QUESTION THE BUDGET — WILL IT BE TABLED AFTER APRIL 20th? AND MY FOLLOW-UP QUESTION, OF THOSE $10 BILLION IN CREDITS FOR BUSINESSES, CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THAT AMOUNT WHAT WILL IT BE USED FOR? ARE THERE CONDITIONS, AND IS IT ONLY FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESS? CAN ANY BUSINESS ACCESS THAT FUND? HOW WILL THAT OPERATE? >> The Hon

Bill Morneau: THAP THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION AND WE WANT TO SUPPORT CANADIANS AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT OUR BUSINESSES WHICH ARE STILL OPERATING AND WE HAVE INTRODUCED A COUPLE OF GOOD MEASURES AND AN ADDITIONAL $300 BILLION IN CAPACITY AND THIS $10 BILLION IN CREDIT WHICH WILL WILL BE ADVANCED BY THE — BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK AND THE EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BANK THOSE MONEYS WILL GO TO SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES AND THEY'LL BE ABLE TO ACCESS CREDIT

THEY'LL BE ABLE TO PROTECT THEIR BUSINESSES IN THIS CONTEXT OF UNCERTAINTY WHEN THEY WILL PERHAPS SEE LOWER REVENUES SO ACCESSING THAT MONEY WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR THEM THE $300 BILLION IS FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE IT IS FOR OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE THE $10 BILLION, MOST OF THAT MONEY WILL GO TO SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES

>> RIGHT HERE AFTERWARDS IN THE BACK >> Question: THIS IS SHELLY HAIGEN WITH BLOOMBERG NEWS WHAT CHANGED IN THE LAST 24 HOURS THAT LED TO THIS COORDINATED RESPONSE FROM THE BANK OF CANADA AND THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: WE'VE BEEN WORKING AS I THINK THAT YOU KNOW FROM DAY ONE ON HOW WE CAN ENSURE THAT WE ARE NOT ONLY PROTECTING CANADIANS BUT PROTECTING OUR LONG-TERM ECONOMY

WHAT IS CLEAR TO US IS THAT THE FIRST STEP IS AND ALWAYS SHOULD BE THE PROTECTION OF PEOPLE'S HEALTH, THE PROTECTION OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, AND THAT'S WHY WE MOVED FORWARD IN THAT REGARD FIRST AND FOREMOST AND WE ALSO THOUGH RECOGNIZED THAT WE HAVE A MUCH BIGGER IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMIC HEALTH IF WE ACT IN A COORDINATED WAY THAT'S WHAT LED US TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A COORDINATED RESPONSE AND IT'S DIFFERENTLY DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE GOVERNMENT, YES, BUT COORDINATED AND I THINK THAT IT'S SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON INTERNATIONALLY

THE PRIME MINISTER WILL HAVE A CALL WITH G7 LEADERS ON MONDAY AND I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH MY G7 COUNTERPARTS AND WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER WITH INSTITUTIONS LIKE THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AT THE SAME TIME AND WE KNOW THAT ECONOMIC MEASURES THAT WE TAKE HAVE THE BIGGER AND MORE IMPORTANT IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY AND, THEREFORE, A MORE IMPORTANT WAY THAT WE CAN PROTECT CANADIANS IF WE WORK IN A COORDINATED AND COLLABORATIVE WAY >> Question: WHAT MEASURES HAVE YOU BEEN DISCUSSING TO INTRODUCE IN THE STIMULUS PACKAGE NEXT WEEK? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT FOR NEXT WEEK IS ENSURING THAT WE CAN GIVE COMFORT TO CANADIANS, THAT THEY DURING A TIME WHEN THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE THE SAME FUNDS THEY WOULD NORMALLY HAVE IF THEY HAVE TO BE OFF WORK, THAT THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES SO WE'RE LOOKING AT DIRECT MEASURES TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

WE'RE ALSO ALWAYS CONSIDERING HOW WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT THEIR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES STAY ROBUST WE'RE ASSURING THAT WE HAVE A WAY TO DELIVER THAT, THAT IT GIVES PEOPLE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED AT THE RIGHT TIME >> [Speaking French] >> Question: (Voice of Translator): GOOD EVENING, MR MORNEAU, TWO BANKS SAID THAT CANADA WOULD FALL INTO A RECESSION SHORTLY WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT GIVEN THE EVOLVING SITUATION? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT CANADA WILL FALL INTO A RECESSION? >> The Hon

Bill Morneau: (Voice of Translator): WELL, WE KNOW THAT THERE IS A LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY IT'S A SIGNIFICANT LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY BECAUSE THE SITUATION IS FLUID SO AT THIS MOMENT IT'S HARD TO ASSESS THE SIGNIFICANCE AND THE LENGTH OF THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION SO IT'S HARD AT THIS MOMENT TO PREDICT WHAT WILL HAPPEN

HOWEVER, I KNOW THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BRING ABOUT MEASURES WHICH WILL STABILIZE OUR ECONOMY AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY IN A COORDINATED MEASURE TO PRESENT THE MEASURES THAT WE'RE TAKING NEXT WEEK WE WILL HAVE A STIMULUS — A STIMULUS PACKAGE AND THIS WILL REASSURE PEOPLE WHO WILL KNOW THAT THEY WILL HAVE THE MONEY THEY NEED TO BE IN A GOOD POSITION FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES SO THAT'S IMPORTANT AND THEY WILL ALSO KNOW THAT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEIR COMPANIES

SO THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE WILL LOOK AT THIS WEEKEND AND WE'LL HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE NEXT WEEK >> Question: (Voice of Translator): A QUESTION FOR MR POLOZ YOU ARE GOING TO RETIRE THIS YEAR ARE YOU GOING TO DELAY YOUR RETIREMENT GIVEN THE FACT THAT THIS CRISIS IS JUST STARTING? AND THAT THE BANK OF CANADA WILL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY

>> (Voice of Translator): WELL, NO, THAT'S NOT REALLY A CONSIDERATION WE ARE A TEAM AT THE BANK OF CANADA WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT TEAM AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT — I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THAT TEAM SO I DO NOT INTEND TO DELAY MY RETIREMENT DATE

NO >> MAY I SAY THAT IN MY VIEW WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE SOMEONE LIKE GOVERNOR POLOZ HERE TODAY WITH US TO HELP US TO DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION WHICH IS HIGHLY UNCERTAIN >> ON THE OTHER SIDE [Speaking French] >> Question: THANK YOU, GOVERNOR POLOZ, IF YOU COULD PROVIDE SOME INSIGHT INTO WHAT THE BOARD OF GOVERNOR SAW AS A CHANGE TO REQUIRE THE EMERGENCY MOVE? AND WHAT IS THE NEW RATE FOR THE DB

S MOVING FORWARD? THAT WOULD BE GREAT >> OKAY, FOR OUR PART, I'M GOING TO SAY THAT THE MAIN FUNDAMENTAL THAT HAS CHANGED SINCE OUR LAST DECISION IS THAT OIL PRICES CONTINUE TO MOVE LOWER AND THEY HAVE — THEY'RE SHOWING SIGNS OF PERSISTING IN THAT IT'S A DIFFICULT ANALYSIS TO MAKE AT THIS STAGE

BUT, YOU KNOW, ANALYSING THOSE RISKS SUGGEST THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER CAREFULLY THE IMPLICATIONS OF A MUCH LOWER OIL PRICE FOR THE ECONOMY IT'S, OF COURSE, THE BLUNT END OF THAT EFFECT IS THAT IN CERTAIN REGIONS, OIL-PRODUCING REGIONS, BUT AS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT IN LATE 2014 AND EARLY 2015, THOSE EFFECTS GO ACROSS THE ENTIRE ECONOMY AND SO JUST ON THE STRENGTH OF THOSE MOVES ALONE, THERE'S FUNDAMENTAL REASONS FOR SUBSTANTIAL RESPONSE FOR MONETARY POLICY OUR TIMING TODAY I THINK IS INTENDED TO CAPITALIZE ON THE COORDINATED ASPECT OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IS, YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOME SIGNIFICANT MEASURES HAPPENING TODAY AND EARLY NEXT WEEK WHICH I THINK THAT PEOPLE SHOULD SEE AS A COORDINATED AND VERY POWERFUL PACKAGE AND THAT SHOULD — WELL, MY CONCERN ABOUT THIS IS HOW THE BUSINESS CONFIDENCE AND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE, HOW THEY WILL WEATHER THIS STORM

WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS TEMPORARY BUT IT CAN BE PROLONGED IF THE CONFIDENCE IS UNDULY DAMAGED SO THESE ACTIONS ARE MEANT TO BOLSTER THAT CONFIDENCE AND GIVE US A BRIDGE ACROSS THE TROUBLE >> SO IT'S NOW AT ONE PERCENTAGE POINT OR A 100 BASIS POINTS IF YOU PREFER IT WAS SET AT 225%, WHICH IS WHAT WOULD HAVE COME IN EFFECT AT THE END OF APRIL

SO THE REDUCTION IS 125% OR 125 BASIS POINTS >> Question: MINISTER MORNEAU, YOUR STIMULUS PACKAGE THAT YOU'RE PLANNING TO ANNOUNCE NEXT WEEK COULD BE A MULTIBILLION DOLLARS AND UP TO POTENTIALLY $20 BILLION IS THAT A FIGURE THAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: WHAT WE'RE DOING AND WHAT WE'RE ASSURING CANADIANS IS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO DELIVER TO THEM THE SUPPORT THEY NEED FINANCIALLY, INDIVIDUALLY, FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES

WE ALSO KNOW THAT WE WANT TO STABILIZE THE ECONOMY SO AS WE DO THAT, WE'RE MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY IMPORTANT STIMULUS THAT CAN ACTUALLY ACHIEVE THE IMPORTANT GOALS FOR FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS, AND BUSINESSES BUT ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT OUR OVERALL GOAL IS TO STABILIZE THE ECONOMY AND WE'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY ON BOTH THE EXACT QUANTUM AND THE MEASURES NEXT WEEK >> RADIO-CANADA

>> Question: (Voice of Translator): MR MORNEAU, YOU HAVE ANNOUNCED SUPPORT FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES, A $10 BILLION PACKAGE THERE WILL BE OTHER PROGRAMMES, MORE TO BE FORTHCOMING I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU THE FOLLOWING QUESTION — HAVE YOU ENSURED OR WILL YOU ENSURE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE TOO MUCH RED TAPE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE PROGRAMMES? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: WELL, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO LOOK AT THE HOW TO DELIVER OPPORTUNITIES TO CANADIANS AND TO BUSINESSES AND THIS IS WHY WE WILL LOOK AT HOW OUR APPROACH CAN RESEMBLE THAT WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE IN THE PAST

WE WILL CHOOSE THE SAME APPROACH WE CHOSE IN 2008-2009 IT'S A TESTED APPROACH AND UNDER THIS APPROACH, SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP ON TURNING TO THEIR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IT'S AN EASY WAY FOR THEM TO GO FORWARD AND SO FOR BUSINESSES TO DEAL WITH THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK AND THE EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BANK

SO THERE WILL BE MOW RED TAPE WE HAVE A TESTED METHOD WHICH IS EASY TO USE BY BUSINESSES SO THEY CAN REST ASSURED THAT WE WILL BE THERE FOR THEM AND FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES >> Question: WELL, THIS LEADS ME TO ASK A THIRD QUESTION >> NO, YOU ONLY HAVE TWO

>> Question: SO THESE PROGRAMMES — THEY WILL BE TARGETED AT BUSINESSES? YOU SAID THAT THERE WILL BE NO RED TAPE BUT WHAT ABOUT CANADIANS THEMSELVES, INDIVIDUALS? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: (Voice of Translator): WELL, IT'S THE SAME APPROACH WE WANT TO FIND WAYS TO DELIVER OPPORTUNITIES TO ALL CANADIANS SO THERE IS NO ISSUE TO THE SUPPORT THAT WE WILL BE GIVING

WE'LL HAVE THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTION OF HOW THAT HELP WILL BE DELIVERED >> Question: IF I MAY, TO STAY ON THE ISSUE OF RED TAPE, IN A CRISIS PEOPLE DON'T LIKE RED TAPE SO HAVE YOU DECIDED TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO FILE THEIR INCOME TAX RETURNS AT A LATER TIME? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: (Voice of Translator): WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT RIGHT NOW WE ARE LOOKING AT HOW TO GET THE NECESSARY SUPPORT ON THAT

WE'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY TO THAT NEXT WEEK >> Question: MR MORNEAU, THE HELP THAT WILL BE COMING TO CANADIANS, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS IS THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE PRECARIOUS POSITIONS, THE GIG ECONOMY YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT DIRECT MEASURES TO HELP PEOPLE BUT YOU'RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT BROADER ISSUES OF STABILIZATION

WILL THE MONEY, WILL THE PROGRAMMES, ACTUALLY HELP THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LOSING INCOME RIGHT NOW OR WILL IT BE BROADER AND YOU'LL TRY TO CATCH ALL OF THESE PEOPLE? OR WILL IT BE DIRECTED AT PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY HAVING PROBLEMS AS MR TRUDEAU SAYS, PAYING THEIR RENT AND THEIR MORTGAGE? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: THE FRAME THAT I'D LIKE YOU TO THINK ABOUT IS, FIRST OF ALL, WE WANT TO BELIEVE ABLE TO STABALIZE OUR ECONOMY SO FISCAL STIMULUS IS PERSONALITY BUT WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS THE DIRECT IMPACT ON CANADIANS

SO CANADIAN SITUATIONS ARE DIFFERENT AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONSIDER THOSE SITUATIONS THERE ARE CANADIANS IN OUR EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM THERE ARE CANADIANS WHO AREN'T IN OUR EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH HOURS OR IN A DIFFERENT KIND OF WORK ENVIRONMENT SO IN THAT REGARD WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAN APPROPRIATELY ENSURE THAT WE CAN SUPPORT PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND THAT'S THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW

>> Question: I'M ASKING FOR A COLLEAGUE HERE WHAT HAS THE INDUSTRY TOLD YOU ABOUT VULNERABILITIES AND THE ECONOMY, WITH THE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE TO PROTECT AGAINST LOSSES CAUSED BY BUSINESS DISRUPTIONS RELATED TO THE PANDEMIC? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: IT'S AN IMPORTANT QUESTION AND I THINK THAT WHAT WE'LL SEE IS THAT THERE'S MANY QUESTIONS WITH DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES WE'RE LOOKING AT SECTORAL IMPACTS TO LOOK AT HOW BEST TO RESPOND BUT TO BE CLEAR, WHAT WE'RE SAYING FROM A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STANDPOINT IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SUPPORT AND STABILIZE OUR ECONOMY

WE HAVE THE FISCAL CAPACITY AS THE COUNTRY HAS THE BEST BALANCE SHEET, WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO THIS SO IN A SENSE WHAT WE'RE DOING IS TRYING TO PROVIDE THAT BRIDGE FOR ORGINISATIONS AND FOR PEOPLE AS THEY GO THROUGH A TIME, A TEMPORARY TIME, AS GOVERNOR POLOZ MENTIONED, OF STRESS AS A RESULT OF AN EXTERNAL FORCE THAT NONE OF US COULD HAVE PREDICTED >> WE'RE GOING TO GO TO TORONTO STAR AND AFTER THAT POLITICO >> Question: HI, GOOD AFTERNOON, BRUCE SMITH WITH TORONTO STAR TO MINISTER MORNEAU, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE STIMULUS AMOUNT THAT IS NEEDED TO KEEP THE ECONOMY OUT OF RESCISSION? WILL THIS FORCE ANY PHONEMENTS? — POSTPONEMENTS? >> The Hon

Bill Morneau: WHAT I'D LIKE TO SAY IS THAT THE SCALE OF THE RESPONSE WILL BE AGAINST THE SCALE OF THE CHALLENGE WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO WHAT IT TAKES IN ORDER TO STABILIZE OUR ECONOMY THAT MEANS CONSIDERING THE ISSUES FACING INDIVIDUAL CANADIANS IT ALSO MEANS CONSIDERING THE OVERALL IMPACT THAT WE'RE SEEING IN THE ECONOMY THAT'S WHAT WE'LL WORK TOWARDS

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ADDRESS THE ISSUE THAT WE'RE FACING IMPORTANTLY, THIS WILL MEAN THAT WE WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO COME BACK TO THE HOUSE AS REQUIRED AND THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, AND I THINK THAT AS YOU KNOW THAT IT IS STANDING DOWN AS THAT HAPPENS WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH ALL PARTIES THAT WE CAN COME BACK SHOULD WE NEED TO PASS EMERGENCY MEASURES SHOT WHAT I'M FOCUSED ON RIGHT NOW AND THAT'S I THINK THAT WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON AS CANADIANS WANT TO KNOW THAT WE'RE PROTECTING THEM, WE'RE PROTECTING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND ENSURING THAT OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO HAVE THE STRENGTH THAT IT NEEDS TO PROVIDE CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT >> Question: A DATE? >> The Hon

Bill Morneau: AS I SAY WE'RE FOCUSED ON THOSE MEASURES AS THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS AND WE'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY ON THAT IN FUTURE >> Question: A QUESTION TO GOVERNOR POLOZ JUST WITH TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF A RATE CUT, YOU'RE ALMOST OUT OF BULLETS IT WOULD SEEM WHAT HAPPENS IF FURTHER ACTION IS NEEDED? ARE THERE OTHER REMEDIES? >> WELL, AS I SAID WE STAND READY TO TAKE FURTHER ACTION IF WE THINK THAT IT'S NEEDED AND WE HAVE A VARIETY OF OTHER TOOLS IN THE TOOLKIT

SOME WHICH WE ARE MENTIONING TODAY YOU KNOW, THE BANKERS' ACCEPTANCE PURCHASES IS NO SMALL DEAL THAT'S AN IMPORTANT PLACE WHERE WE HAVE OBSERVED CREDIT STRESSES ALREADY FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ISSUERS AND SO IF WE CAN PROVIDE RELIEF TO THAT, AGAIN, MANY OF THESE MEASURES ARE POSITIONED SO THAT THE BANKING SYSTEM CONTINUES TO WORK IT'S NOT ABOUT DOING SOMETHING SEPARATE FROM THAT

THE BANK SYSTEM CONTINUES TO WORK WELL AND PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO TAP THEIR CREDIT LINES, ETC, UNINTERRUPTED TO GET THEM THROUGH THIS, THEN I THINK WE WILL HAVE ACHIEVED MAJOR BUFFERING ACTION BUT OTHER THINGS THAT WE CAN DO IS IF THOSE CHANNELS DO GET CLOGGED IN THE SORT OF CREDIT SPACE SUCH AS, YOU KNOW, LENDING IN ORDER TO FUND OR MORE CREDIT OR LENDING DIRECTLY OURSELVES TO THE SYSTEM, AND FOR SURE WE'RE IN A POSITION TO PUT PLENTY OF LIQUIDITY AT THE HANDS OF THE BANKS AND THOSE DEMANDS CONTINUE TO RISE FOR THEIR CREDIT LINES AND THEY'LL NEED TO FUND THOSE INCREASES AND IF THE FUNDING MARKETS FOR BANKS GET A LITTLE CHOPPY, THEY'VE BEEN A LITTLE CHOPPY, BUT THEY COULD GET TIGHTER, AND THEN WE'RE IN A POSITION TO HELP THEM WITH THAT FOR EXAMPLE, USING — ACCEPTING MORTGAGE — PARTS OF MORTGAGE BOOKS AS COLLATERAL

THIS WAS A CAPABILITY THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE BACK IN 2008 BUT WE HAVE PUT ALL OF THOSE PIECES TOGETHER IN THE INTERVENING YEARS SO THAT MEANS THAT THERE'S A VERY BIG STOCK OF POTENTIAL FUNDING CAPACITY FROM THE CENTRAL BANK THROUGH THAT CHANNEL AND IF THOSE — IF THE STRESSES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETS GO UP, AT THE MOMENT THEY'RE FUNCTIONING REASONABLY WELL, AGAIN, THESE ARE SAFEGUARDS TO ENSURE THAT THE SYSTEM AS WE KNOW IT CONTINUES TO FUNCTION WELL I THINK THAT IT GETS US THROUGH THIS AND OTHER MEASURES LIKE E

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ARE LIKE BACKUPS, YOU KNOW, AND ESPECIALLY IN THE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED COMPANY SPACE WHERE IT'S MORE LIKELY TO SHOW UP AND IT'S HARDER TO DO THIS >> LAST ONE POLITICO >> Question: WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT KIND OF COORDINATED RESPONSE WE CAN EXPECT FROM THE G7? >> The Hon Bill Morneau: WE ARE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL COUNTERPARTS

I KNOW THE PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN IN REGULAR COMMUNICATION I THINK THAT YOU WOULD HAVE HEARD THAT HE SPOKE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP YESTERDAY AND HE SPOKE TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF ITALY AND HE SPOKE TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM HE IS HAVING A CALL WITH HIS G7 COUNTERPARTS ON MONDAY SO THAT FIRST AND FOREMOST IS QUITE IMPORTANT THE G7 FINANCE MINISTER AND CENTRAL BANK GOVERNORS ARE IN REGULAR CONTACT

THE GOVERNOR INFORMED ME THAT HE HAD SPOKEN TO THE — TO THE US FEDERAL RESERVE BANK LEADER JUST BEFORE COMING HERE TODAY AND THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH HOW I'M COMMUNICATING WITH MY COLLEAGUES INTERNATIONALLY AS WELL CLEARLY THE SITUATION IS DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT MEASURES THAT WILL BE DIFFERENT BASED ON THE DIFFERENT SITUATIONS BUT WE'RE WORKING TO — TO COORDINATE IN A WAY THAT MEANS THAT WE CAN HAVE A MORE SIGNIFICANT IMPACT THAN ANYONE WOULD HAVE INDIVIDUALLY AND I THINK THAT YOU'LL CONTINUE TO SEE THAT LEVEL OF WORKING TOGETHER WHICH WE KNOW THAT IS IMPORTANT >> Question: GOVERNOR POLOZ, I'M WONDERING, ARE YOU WILLING TO CONSIDER TO MOVE RATES INTO NEGATIVE TERRITORY IF NECESSARY? AND CAN MONETARY POLICY BE EFFECTIVE WHEN THE RATES ARE ALREADY SO LOW? >> AS I SAID IN MY OPENING REMARKS, IT DOES HAVE A MATERIAL EFFECT — EVEN IF — EVEN IF IT DOESN'T PROMOTE ADDITIONAL SPENDING IN THE ECONOMY WHICH IS NORMALLY THE WAY THAT YOU THINK OF IT

BUT, YOU KNOW, EVERY MONTH THERE'S A STOCK OF PEOPLE WHO ARE RENEWING THEIR MORTGAGES AND IF THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS GO DOWN BECAUSE OF THE LOWER RATES THEN THEY HAVE MORE FREE CASH FLOW AFTERWARDS SO THAT HELPS TO CUSHION THE BLOW OF THESE THINGS IF THEY'RE ON A VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE IT'S AUTOMATIC TO GET THAT CASH FLOW SO THESE ARE NOT, YOU KNOW, SIMPLE THINGS, THESE ARE QUITE IMPORTANT CHANNELS OF INFLUENCE BUT ALSO AS I SAID IN MY SPEECH A WEEK OR SO AGO, IF YOU — IF YOU USE THESE ACTIONS TO BUTTRESS CONSUMER CONFIDENCE, WHAT CAN HAPPEN IS THAT IF THOSE PEOPLE ARE PLANNING TO ACTUALLY ENTER THE HOUSING MARKET, THEN THERE'S A LOWER BARRIER FOR THEM TO GET INTO IT AND THEN THEIR CONFIDENCE IS BUTTRESSED BY THE COLLECTIVE ACTION THAT IS GOING THROUGH THE SYSTEM WITH OTHER MAJOR PURCHASES

SO IN SITUATIONS LIKE THIS IT'S CONSUMER AND BUSINESS CONFIDENCE WHICH TEND TO ERODE AND THAT CAUSES DECISIONS TO SLOW DOWN REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH CAPACITY THERE IS IN THE SYSTEM AND SO WE WANT TO HAVE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE ON THE JOB AND THAT WE'RE GOING TO STABILIZE THE ECONOMY NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES –UE KNOW, I DON'T — YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK THAT I'M ALONE WITH THE CENTRAL BANKERS, WE DON'T LIKE THE IDEA THAT MUCH IT'S IN THE TOOLKIT AND WE KNOW FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER COUNTRIES THAT IT CAN HAVE AN ADDITIONAL EFFECT ON THE MARGIN IT'S NOT A HAPPY PLACE FOR THE BANKING SYSTEM AND SO, OF COURSE, IT'S USUALLY IN SITUATIONS WHERE THERE MAY BE LESS FISCAL FIREPOWER

AND I THINK THAT WHAT WE'RE SEEING TODAY IS EVIDENCE THAT — THAT THERE IS FISCAL FIREPOWER I KNOW THAT THE MINISTER HAS SAID IT CLEARLY BEFORE THAT WE'VE GOT — WE'VE GOT CAPACITY AND SO THAT'S VERY HELPFUL IT MEANS THAT THE IDEA OF NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN PUT UP ON THE SHELF AND KNOW THAT IT'S THERE BUT IT'S VERY UNLIKELY TO BE NEEDED GIVEN THE FIREPOWER THAT WE HAVE

>> The Hon Bill Morneau: AND I'D JUST LIKE TO ADD, I MEAN, IT SHOULD NOT BE LOST ON YOU OR ON CANADIANS THAT THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND THE GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF CANADA ARE SITTING BESIDE EACH OTHER TODAY TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF COORDINATING ACTION ON THE MONETARY FRONT AND ON THE FISCAL FRONT WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO ACT ON THE FISCAL FRONT, TO PROTECT CANADIANS AND THAT'S WHAT WE INTEND ON DOING WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO ACT ON THE FISCAL FRONT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO HAVE A STRONG ECONOMY

THAT'S WHAT WE ARE COMMITTING TO DO AND THE WORK THAT THE BANK OF CANADA IS DOING TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM WORKS, TO HELP TO ENSURE THAT CANADIANS HAVE CONFIDENCE IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT SO WORKING TOGETHER, INCLUDING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, IS IMPORTANT AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING MORE TO SAY TO YOU AND TO CANADIANS NEXT WEEK I'LL JUST TELL YOU AS A SMALL AND AN IMPORTANT HUMAN INTEREST STORY THAT WHEN YOU SAW THE SUPERINTENDENT GIVING A SPEECH, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WHEN HE DID THE FRENCH HE WAS TRANSLATING IT AS HE WENT ALONG BECAUSE HE ONLY HAD HIS NOTES IN ENGLISH

SO KUDOS TO HIM HE CAN DO THIS IN BOTH LANGUAGES SO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH IT WAS GOOD TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY (Voice of Translator): THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME

>> Rosemary: ALL RIGHT, THAT IS A RATHER EXTRAORDINARY PRESS CONFERENCE, THE FINANCE MINISTER OF CANADA, THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF CANADA AND CANADA'S SUPERINTENDENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE REASON THAT IS UNUSUAL IS BECAUSE NORMALLY THOSE THREE ENTITIES WORK SEPARATELY AND WHAT YOU SAW HERE TODAY WAS A COORDINATED ACTION ON A NUMBER OF FRONTS TO TRY AND TO STAVE OFF WHAT COULD BE SERIOUS DAMAGE IN THE ECONOMY BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS REBECCA YOUNG OF SCOTIABANK IS THE DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC AND FISCAL POLICY OF THE ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT AND SHE'S IN TORONTO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, REBECCA

SO THAT — I'M NOT OVERSTATING THAT, THAT IS UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY TO SEE THOSE THREE PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH THAT SORT OF CONCERTED EFFORT TO TRY TO SHORE UP THE ECONOMY? >> ABSOLUTELY I WOULD AGREE THAT WHAT WE SAW JUST NOW IS REALLY UNPRECEDENTED I THINK THAT IT'S UNPRECEDENTED ON MANY FRONTS PART IS THAT COORDINATION THAT WE SEE ACROSS THREE INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE REALLY COME TOGETHER IN A VERY SERIOUS WAY BUT ALSO IN A VERY SPEEDY WAY

SO I THINK WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR THE SPEED WITH WHICH THEY WERE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER WITH THIS PACKAGE I WOULD SAY FOR EACH OF THE THREE INSTITUTIONS THAT WE HEARD FROM TODAY THAT UNPRECEDENTED IN EACH OF THEIR OWN WAYS SO, FIRST, IF WE TURN TO WHAT THE FINANCE MINISTER ANNOUNCED IS THAT HE HAS REALLY NOT WAITED FOR A BUDGET, A BUDGET CAN BE BIG, IT CAN BE LONG, IT CAN BE — IT CAN TAKE TIME TO COME TO SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY SO I THINK WE SAW AN UNPRECEDENTED STEP TO BRING SOMETHING WE SAW SOMETHING AMOUNTING TO $10 BILLION

SO WE'RE TALKING BIG MONEY RIGHT NOW SO WE SAW THAT AND THEN WE SAW THE BANK OF CANADA AND IT'S BEEN LESS THAN 10 DAYS SINCE THEY DROPPED RATES BY 50 BASIS POINTS SO A HUNDRED BASIS POINTS IN 10 DAYS IN BETWEEN THE SCHEDULED ANNOUNCEMENTS SO THAT'S UNPRECEDENTED

WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS COUNTER CYCLICAL COUNTER BUFFER SO IT WAS A LESSON COMING OUT OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISES AND IT WAS INTENDED FOR TIMES LIKE THIS AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING NOW IS THAT IT'S GOING TO BE USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF WHICH IT WAS DESIGNED SO DEFINITELY ON THAT FRONT IT'S REALLY UNPRECEDENTED WHAT WE HAVE SEEN TODAY >> Rosemary: MAYBE LET'S JUST GO BACK TO THAT LAST POINT THAT YOU MADE THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TALKED ABOUT, BECAUSE IT WAS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND IT WASN'T VERY PLAIN LANGUAGE

BUT ESSENTIALLY IT DOES WHAT FOR BANKS? IT ALLOWS THEM TO CARRY MORE LIQUIDITY? TO HAVE MORE LIQUIDITY? IS THAT IT? >> YES, ABSOLUTELY IT'S BASICALLY, IT'S BANKS THAT ARE CONSIDERED SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT SO ALL OF THE BIG BANKS ARE REQUIRED TO HOLD CAPITAL ASIDE IN GOOD TIMES THAT CAN THEN BE DRAWN DOWN IN TIMES LIKE TODAY SO RAINY DAYS LIKE TODAY SO IT WILL ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE BANKS TO LEND ON IN TIMES WHERE THERE IS MORE PRESSURE IN THE SYSTEM

AND SO IT IS — IT IS ESSENTIALLY THE RAINY DAY FUND, IF YOU THINK OF SAVING IN THE GOOD TIMES SO IN THE DOWN TIMES YOU CAN LEND SO THAT IS WHAT WE'RE SEEING NOW WITH THAT BUFFER >> Rosemary: SO THOSE ARE — THOSE ARE SORT OF MEASURES TO SHORE UP — YOU KNOW, THE ECONOMIC — THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM ACROSS THE BOARD I GUESS THAT SOME WILL HAVE IMPACT ON INDIVIDUALS DIRECTLY AND THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF CANADA TALKING ABOUT IT THERE, PARTICULARLY AROUND MORTGAGES AND THAT KIND OF THING

BUT WE'RE ALSO EXPECTING MORE NEXT WEEK IN TERMS OF A LARGER STIMULUS PACKAGE FOR INDIVIDUALS I ONLY HAVE ABOUT 30 SECONDS BUT WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THERE? >> WE'RE MISSING ONE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE, BUT WE'RE REALLY LOOKING AT HOUSEHOLDS, WHAT TO DO TO GET HOUSEHOLDS OUT THERE SPENDING NOW SO WE'VE GOT THE FACILITIES AND THE FUNDING IN PLACE FOR BUSINESSES TO GET THROUGH THIS WHAT WE NEED NOW ARE CANADIAN CONSUMERS TO GET OUT THERE AND TO START SPENDING IT AND NOT JUST THROUGH MORTGAGE SAVINGS OR CREDIT CARD SAVINGS FROM LOWER INTEREST RATES

SO NEXT WEEK LOOKING AT WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT MEASURES THAT THE FINANCE MINISTER WILL USE WE'LL LOOK AT QUANTUMS IN THE TENS OF BILLIONS SO HE ANNOUNCED $10 BILLION TODAY AND WE THANK WE NEED A STIMULUS PACKAGE OF AT LEAST $20 BILLION TO AT LEAST STAVE OFF A RECESSIONARY TYPE OF SCENARIO OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR >> Rosemary: OKAY, REBEKAH YOUNG, THANK YOU SO MUCH AND THANK YOU THE DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC AND FISCAL POLICY AT SCOTIABANK >>> ALL RIGHT, VASSY KAPELOS, THE HOST OF "POWER & POLITICS" IS JOINING ME AS DOES DAVID COCHRANE, THERE IN THE WEST BLOCK

GOOD TO SEE YOU BOTH SO I WASN'T CRAZY — THAT WAS AN UNPRECEDENTED BIG MOVE FOR THOSE THREE INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING THE FINANCE MINISTER, TO COME TOGETHER AND TO ANNOUNCE WHAT THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF CANADA POLOZ SAID WAS A POWERFUL PACKAGE VASSY, WHAT STOOD OUT FOR YOU IN TERMS OF THE SIGNIFICANT MEASURES THEY'RE TRYING TO DO TO SHORE UP THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM WRIT LARGE? >> Vassy: YEAH, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT TO CHARACTERIZE IT AS UNPRECEDENTED I HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM ALL SITTING THERE ALL AT ONCE I THINK THAT IT SIGNALS A LOT OF THINGS

WE HAVE SEEN THIS THROUGH MANY OF THE ECONOMISTS IN THE BIG BANKS IN THE LAST 12 HOURS OR SO AND PREDICTING A RECESSION IN THIS COUNTRY AS A RESULT OF EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON NOW THE MINISTER WAS ASKED THAT SPECIFICALLY AND DIDN'T REALLY SAY THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE ONE BUT IT SHOWS THAT THERE'S A HEIGHTENED LEVEL OF CONCERN WHERE THE STABILITY OF THE ECONOMY IS CONCERNED THESE MEASURES ARE DIRECTED AT THAT

NOW YOU BROUGHT UP A REALLY INTERESTING POINT IN YOUR LAST QUESTION AND I THINK FOR ME IS SOMETHING THAT THE BIG QUESTION MARK KIND OF HANGS OVER AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY'LL DO FOR THAT GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THE ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT WE'RE SEEING TODAY THOSE ANNOUNCEMENTS BEING STAY HOME, DON'T TRAVEL, DON'T GO TO SCHOOL, STAY HOME WITH YOUR KIDS THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT COVERED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS IN ORDER TO DO SO NOW THE MINISTER AS YOU SAID DID INDICATE THAT THAT WOULD BE AT LEAST PART OF A VERY BIG STIMULUS PACKAGE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK BUT WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THOSE MEASURES ARE

AND I DIDN'T REALLY GET A CLEAR ANSWER ON WHY THAT STUFF COULDN'T BE ANNOUNCED TODAY WHY COULDN'T THERE BE SOMETHING IN WHAT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY DIRECTED AT THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE TODAY LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT THEIR TV AND SAYING THAT I HAVE TO STAY HOME FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS WITH MY KID AND I DON'T KNOW IF MY JOB WILL COVER THAT >> Rosemary: IT MIGHT BE BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE ANSWER BECAUSE IT SEEMS THAT THEY'RE PUTTING THIS TOGETHER AS THEY GO ALONG AND AS THINGS COME ABOUT I GUESS THAT SOME OF THOSE MEASURES ALLOW PEOPLE TO BORROW MONEY AT A LOWER RATE AND THERE'S MORE MONEY TO BORROW

BUT I TAKE YOUR POINT THAT IF THEY'RE TRYING TO TARGET — >> Vassy: THAT'S WHAT THE GOVERNOR SAID, RIGHT THE IDEA OF STIMULUS, IT'S NOT GOING TO NECESSARILY WORK THE SAME WAY BECAUSE THE MESSAGE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS IS TO STAY HOME AND THAT'S ONE THAT WE'LL THINK ABOUT NEXT WEEK BUT IT WILL HELP THEM TO ENTER — YOU KNOW, IF THEY WANT TO GET A MORTGAGE IT WILL BE EASIER AND IT WON'T WORK AS IN THE 2008 CRISIS BUT STILL SOME EFFECT SOMETHING TARGETED TOWARDS THOSE PEOPLE WHO CAN'T TAKE SICK DAYS

THAT'S THE ONE THING THAT WE'RE WAITING FOR THE MINISTER, TO BE FAIR, SAYS THAT IT'S COMING >> Rosemary: YEAH DAVID, VASSY'S POINT THERE, I THINK THAT IT'S A POINT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT TOO HOW DO YOU HAVE STIMULUS IF PEOPLE ARE NOT OUT THERE SPENDING MONEY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T

I HAVE ABOUT A MINUTE >> Reporter: A COUPLE THINGS HERE THEY HAVE SIGNALLED FROM THE PRIME MINISTER THIS MORNING TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE HERE WITH BILL MORNEAU TODAY THAT DIRECT TRANSFERS TO CANADIANS ARE ON THE TABLE AND WILL LIKELY BE PART OF THIS STIMULUS PACKAGE WHAT THIS IS ABOUT TODAY IS SENDING STABILITY TO THE MARKETS AND THE BANK SYSTEM TO MAKE MONEY AVAILABLE AND CHEAPER AND TO ENSURE PEOPLE THAT THE BANKS WILL PLAY NICE DURING DIFFICULT TIMES IT'S A SIGNAL TO NOT COUNT ON THE BUDGET

IT'S AN EVENT AND EVERY DAY IS AN EVENT RIGHT NOW AND YOU'LL SEE ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE FINANCE MINISTER TO RESPOND TO THINGS BUT THEY DO HAVE A PLAN THEY JUST WANT IT TO BE ACCURATE TO THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND AND THE RESPONSE — SORT OF THE RESPONSE IS APPROPRIATE SO THE STIMULUS PACKAGE NEXT WEEK AND ALL OF THE INDICATIONS ARE VERY CLEAR THAT DIRECT TRANSFERS TO CANADIANS TO KEEP THEM SECURE ARE GOING TO BE A BIG PART OF THAT

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DO THAT GET REWARDED ♪♪♪ >> HELLO, I'M ROSEMARY BARTON, AND THIS IS SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU, AND WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING, WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO TRY TO DEAL WITH THE OUTBREAK WE'RE ALSO, THOUGH, AT THIS HOUR, WATCHING WASHINGTON, WHERE US

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY IN THAT COUNTRY WE WILL, OF COURSE, CARRY THOSE REMARKS LIVE FOR YOU AS WELL LET ME BRING YOU UP TO SPEED, IN TERMS OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT AND EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT TODAY WHETHER IT BE A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY TO CANCEL ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL, AND LAST HOUR, SOME SIGNIFICANT MOVES FOR THE ECONOMY OF THIS COUNTRY

BOTH BY THE FINANCE MINISTER, FREEING UP $10 BILLION FOR BUSINESSES TO BORROW ANOTHER RATE CUT BY THE BANK OF CANADA, THE SECOND IN LESS THAN TO WEEKS AND A MEASURE BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO ALLOW BANKS TO LEND MORE EASILY AND THIS COMING JUST BEFORE WE ARE EXPECTED TO HEAR FROM THE GOVERNMENT NEXT WEEK ABOUT WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER CALLED A SIGNIFICANT FISCAL STIMULUS PACKAGE THE PRIME MINISTER, AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, IS SELF-ISOLATING AT THIS TIME BECAUSE HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GREGOIRE-TRUDEAU, IS SELF-ISOLATING

HE SPOKE FROM JUST OUTSIDE HIS HOME HERE HER HE IS NOW >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: YESTERDAY I SHARED WITH YOU THAT MY WIFE, SOPHIE TESTED FOR COVID-19 AND THAT TEST DID COME BACK POSITIVE HER SYMPTOMS REMAIN MILD, BUT WE'RE FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE AND TAKING EVERY PRECAUTION

SHE WILL REMAIN IN ISOLATION FOR THE TIME BEING WE'RE THINKING ABOUT ALL OF THE FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE SAME DIAGNOSIS BUT WE'RE IN GOOD HANDS WE HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN CANADA'S HEALTH OFFICIALS UPON MY DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION, I WILL REMAIN IN SELF-ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS

I WANT TO BE CLEAR, I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS AND I'M FEELING GOOD AND TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS ME TO WORK FROM HOME OF COURSE IT IS AN INCONVENIENCE AND SOMEWHAT FRUSTRATING WE ARE ALL SOCIAL BEINGS, AFTER ALL BUT WE HAVE TO DO THIS

BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBOURS AND OUR FRIENDS, ESPECIALLY OUR MORE VULNERABLE SENIORS, AND PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS WE ARE FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE, AS SHOULD ALL CANADIANS ON THAT NOTE, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF CANADA'S HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY, WHO ARE DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB SUPPORTING AND LOOKING AFTER ALL OF US [Speaking French] >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:[Speaking through interpreter] I WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO THANK ALL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA'S, WHO ARE DOING EXEMPLARY WORK YESTERDAY I HAD A DISCUSSION WITH A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL LEADERS,, INCLUDING PRESIDENT TRUMP OF THE UNITED STATES, PRIME MINISTER JOHNSON, AND PRIME MINISTER CONTI IN ITALY

I ALSO TOOK PART IN THE MEETING OF THE SPECIAL CABINET COMMITTEE MEETING ON COVID-19, AND I HAD TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH FINANCE MINISTERS WITH RESPECT TO THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO THE CEO OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE C

LC THIS MORNING I HAD A CABINET MEETING, AND I SPOKE TO PRESIDENT MACRON OF FRANCE EARLIER TODAY MINISTER BLAIR'S, HAJDU, DID ANNOUNCE WE ARE RECOMMENDING THAT CANADIANS AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY WE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE CRUISE SHIP SEASON WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY, AND THAT WE WILL BE TIGHTENING CONTROL MEASURES AT AIRPORTS

WE WILL ALSO BE LOOKING TO BETTER CONTROL INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN CANADA [End of translation] >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: BILL MORNEAU HAS ANNOUNCED CANADIANS CURTAIL NON-ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, AND THE CRUISE SEASON IS SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY AND WE'RE BRINGING IN ADDITIONAL SCREENING MEASURES AT ARTISTS AND WE ARE STREAMLINING OVERSEAS ARRIVALS TO BE BETTER POSITIONED FOR SCREENING YESTERDAY WE SAW MANY PROVINCES TAKE STRONG STEPS TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE

THEY'RE DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC, AND I WANT TO THANK THEM LATER TODAY I WILL HAVE A CALL WITH THE PREMIERS AND THE INDIGENOUS LEADERS TO DISCUSS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND COORDINATE OUR EFFORTS, INCLUDING THE OVER BILLION DOLLAR COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND, WHICH PROVIDES MONEY TO THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO SUPPORT PREPARATION AND MITIGATION THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT STEPS AND WE WILL DO MORE THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES ARE FACING VARIOUS LEVELS OF RISK, BUT WE WILL MAKE SURE WE ALIGN OUR RESPONSE ACROSS THE COUNTRY

ADDRESSING COVID-19 MUST BE A TEAM CANADA EFFORT TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE, TO MITIGATE THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE VIRUS, ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING TOGETHER WE ARE TALKING REGULARLY WE ARE COORDINATING OUR EFFORTS WE'RE FOLLOWING THE SITUATION VERY CLOSELY, AND WE'RE PULLING OUT ALL OF THE STOPS

I KNOW THAT YOU'RE WORRIED YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR HEALTH, ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH, ABOUT YOUR JOB, YOUR SAVINGS, ABOUT PAYING RENT, ABOUT THE KIDS NOT BEING IN SCHOOL I KNOW THAT YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT UNCERTAINTY IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY THE STEPS BEING TAKEN TO KEEP YOU SAFE HAVE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT BUT WHAT IS ALSO TRUE IS THAT WE ARE IN THE ENVIABLE POSITION OF HAVING SIGNIFICANT FISCAL FIRE-POWER AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT YOU

THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE MEASURES WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN THE FINANCE MINISTER IS ALSO IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH HIS INTERNATIONAL COUNTERPARTS TO FIND WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF THE VIRUS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY HE WILL HAVE FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS SHORTLY THIS AFTERNOON THE AGREEMENT WE REACHED WITH OTHER PARTIES TO SUSPEND THE HOUSE TODAY ALSO STILL GIVES US THE FLEXIBILITY TO DO THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO SUPPORT CANADIANS NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PAYING RENT

>> THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER SPEAKING EARLIER TODAY FROM HIS HOME AT RIDEAU COTTAGE OBVIOUSLY LOOKING TO REASSURE CANADIANS ON A COUPLE OF FRONTS ON HIS OWN HEALTH, WHICH HE SAYS HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS AND HAS NOT BEEN TESTED FOR THE VIRUS AS WELL AS WHAT THE THINGS PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT TODAY, WHETHER IT BE THEIR WALLETS OR WHETHER IT BE THEIR OWN HEALTH AND THE GOVERNMENT IS FIGHTING ALL OF THIS ON THOSE TWO FRONTS, BOTH FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE, MAKING A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT MOVES TODAY, BUT ALSO ON AN ECONOMIC FRONT

AND WE ARE EXPECTING MORE MEASURES TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT WEEK WE ARE STANDING BY TO HEAR FROM US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IN THE COMING MOMENTS HE, AS WELL, IS EXPECTED TO MOVE MORE AGGRESSIVELY TO TRY TO FIGHT THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 IN HIS COUNTRY

THAT EXPECTED TO BE FINANCIAL MEASURES AS HE DECLARES A NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY THERE VASSY KAPELOS IS THE HOST OF "POWER AND POLITICS," AND SHE JOINS ME AS SHE HAS BEEN THROUGHOUT THE DAY, FOR A SPECIAL COVERAGE TODAY I DO THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS, AS I SAID, VASSY, TRYING TO DO THIS ON A COUPLE OF FRONTS OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE DIFFERENT THINGS HAPPENING AND THE OUTBREAK OF THE VIRUS IS CAUSING ALL OF THESE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES

AND ALSO TRYING, OBVIOUSLY, TO PROTECT CANADIANS AND THEIR HEALTH >> Vassy: YEAH I THINK YOU CAN LOOK BACK OVER THE PAST FOUR HOURS, AND SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED FIRST ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH FRONT, WE'VE GOT AN OFFICIAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ADVISORY SAYING DON'T TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM YESTERDAY, AND EVEN DIFFERENT FROM EARLIER THIS MORNING, BECAUSE SOME PROVINCES WERE SAYING DON'T DO IT, AND OTHERS SAYING IF YOU DO, YOU'VE GOT TO ISOLATE

NOW WE HAVE SORT OF A NATIONAL, YOU COULD ALMOST CALL IT A DIRECTIVE AND WE HEARD THE PRIME MINISTER THERE TALK ABOUT IT, THINGS LIKE SUSPENDING THE CRUISE SEASON, AND THE OTHER BIG ONE WE'RE WAITING SPECIFICS ON IS CLOSING DOWN OR DIMINISHING THE NUMBER OF AIRPORTS THAT INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS CAN COME FROM WE DON'T KNOW WHICH FLIGHTS OR EXACTLY FROM WHERE AND I SPOKE TO A COLLEAGUE AT THE CALGARY AIRPORT, AND THEY STILL DON'T KNOW ALL OF THOSE MEASURES CERTAINLY AIMED AT THE CONTAINMENT OF THE VIRUS, WHERE THE HEALTH ASPECT OF ALL OF THIS IS INVOLVED

ON THE ECONOMIC FRONT, THAT LEAVES US ALL TO THAT PARTE, WHICH WE JUST HEARD FROM MINISTER MORNEAU, AND A RATE CUT FROM THE KEY LENDING RATE FROM THE BANK OF CANADA, A BIG PUSH TO ALLOW BANKS TO BASICALLY LEND OUT MORE MONEY, AND THEY HAVE A WHOLE LOT MORE MONEY TO DO SO WITH, AND $10 BILLION FOR BUSINESSES THAT NEED TO BORROW MONEY STILL NOTHING ON PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO TAKE SICK DAYS AND AREN'T CAUSED, BUT THE GOVERNMENT IS SAYING THERE IS A BIG SIGNIFICANT PACKAGE COMING, AND NO WORD ON THE BUDGET AT THIS POINT >> IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE THE BUDGET IS NECESSARILY NEEDED RIGHT NOW THE PRIORITY IS TO DEAL WITH THE IMPACT OF THE VIRUS AND TRYING TO MITIGATE FOR THAT THE OTHER THING THAT STRUCK ME TODAY, VASSY, WAS THE HEALTH MINISTER, PATTY HAJDU, TALKING ABOUT HOW THIS IS A KEY MOMENT OF CONTAINMENT

THERE ARE STILL NOT THAT MANY CASES IN THIS COUNTRY 175 OR SO CONFIRMED CASES, WHEN I LAST LOOKED THAT IS NOT A HUGE NUMBER BUT THE IDEA IS IF YOU LET THINGS GET OUT OF CONTROL, THAT NUMBER CAN ALSO START TO SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL THAT'S REALLY WHY THEY'RE THROWING SO MUCH AT THIS TODAY, I THINK

>> Vassy: VERY MUCH SO WE HEARD HER USE THE WORD CRISIS AND EMERGENCY EVEN THOUGH THAT NUMBER LOOKS SMALL — I HEARD A LADY AT THE AIRPORT SAY THIS IS ALL HYPE BY THE MEDIA IT IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT IS VERY CLEARLY SAYING YOU HAVE TO DO THIS STUFF NOW SO IT DOESN'T GET WORSE LATER BECAUSE IT WILL IF WE DON'T

>> Rosemary: AND WE HAVE SEEN, AS YOU SAY, THROUGH THE WEEK THINGS HAVE STARTED TO RAMP UP WHETHER IT BE EARLIER IN THE WEEK, A BILLION DOLLAR PACKAGE TO DEAL WITH SOME HEALTH MEASURES, INCLUDING $500 MILLION FOR PROVINCES TO HELP THEM GATHER EQUIPMENT AND BE PREPARED I SHOULD SAY THAT THIS CALL THAT THE PRIME MINISTER REFERRED TO IN THAT TAPE, THE CONVERSATION WITH THE PREMIERS HAS HAPPENED, AND I'M SURE HE WILL HAVE FURTHER CONVERSATIONS WE'RE STANDING BY THIS HOUR TO HEAR FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FOR 30 DAYS THE U

S WAS GOING TO BAN TRAVELERS FROM EUROPE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ITS OWN CITIZENS, ALTHOUGH THAT HAD TO BE CLARIFIED EARLIER THAT WAS A HUGE MOVE THAT DONALD TRUMP DIDN'T TELL ANYBODY ABOUT HE DIDN'T ALERT CANADA, HE DIDN'T ALERT THE EU

THERE HAVE BEEN LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THAT OR WHETHER IT SIGNALS SOMETHING FOR CANADA >> Vassy: OUR ATTENTION WILL FOCUS THERE IN THE COMING HOURS BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO SAY WHEN HE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT YOU MENTIONED, NOBODY KNEW, NOT EVEN THE COUNTRIES THAT WERE AFFECTED WE UNDERSTAND IT WILL BE REPORTED THAT HE IS GOING TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND THAT WILL HAVE IMPACTS AS WELL

WILL THERE BE FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT FOLLOW THAT? AND WHAT ABOUT THE CONCERNS ON THIS SIDE OF THE BORDER IN THE WAYS IT IS NOT HAPPENING THAT THE VIRUS IS BEING CONTAINED IN THE US, A LACK OF TESTING AND CONCERN ABOUT THE RATE OF THE SPREAD OF THAT VIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES HAS A LOT OF CONSEQUENCES FOR THE WAY IN WHICH THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEALS WITH OUR BORDERS AND DEALS WITH CONTAINMENT MEASURES THERE SO I THINK THAT WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS AND HOW HE DEALS WITH THIS, OR DOESN'T DEAL WITH IT, IS HUGELY SIGNIFICANT AS TO HOW THE VIRUS ENDS UP IMPACTING THIS COUNTRY >> Rosemary: OKAY, THANK YOU, VASSY

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP WITH THAT AS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, THE BANK OF CANADA MADE SOME MOVES TODAY, TOO, CUTTING ITS KEY OVERNIGHT INTEREST RATES TO 75% IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, THE SECOND CUT IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS BANK OF CANADA STEVEN POLOZ MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN A JOINT CONFERENCE WITH BILL MORNEAU AND HE OUTLINED SOME OF WHAT WILL BE IN THE STIMULUS PACKAGE THAT IS EXPECTED AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT WEEK

TAKE A LISTEN >> THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA IS PREPARING A SIGNIFICANT STIMULUS PROGRAMME TO BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK, TO STABILIZE OUR ECONOMY, TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES, AND TO PROTECT CANADIANS DURING A DIFFICULT TIME AS A FIRST STEP, TODAY I'M ANNOUNCING THAT WE ARE ESTABLISHING OUR CREDIT FACILITY PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY THIS WILL MAKE $10 BILLION AVAILABLE IN ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN BUSINESSES THROUGH THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA AND EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CANADA >> Rosemary: ALL RIGHT

THAT'S BILL MORNEAU EARLIER TODAY A SERIES OF MEASURES ANNOUNCED BETWEEN THE BANK OF CANADA, THE FOR INSTANCE MINISTER, AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN A VERY UNUSUAL MOVE FOR THOSE THREE ENTITIES TO COME TOGETHER, AS AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO SHORE UP THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY DAVID COCHRANE HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THAT PART OF THE STORY AS WELL, AND HE IS IN THE WEST BLOCK THAT SO THIS WAS TO DO ONE THING, AND WE'RE EXPECTING ANOTHER THING NEXT WEEK LET'S START MAYBE ON WHAT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY AND THE GOALS BEHIND THAT, DAVID

>> David: TODAY YOU SAW A ONE, TWO, THREE PUNCH, PUNCHBILL MORNEAU MAKES $10 BILLION AVAILABLE TO SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES STEPHEN POLOZ, THE BANK OF CANADA, ANNOUNCED THEY'RE CUTTING INTEREST RATES BY A HALF PERCENTAGE POINT, AND SO THIS MONEY BECOMES CHEAPER AND JEREMY ROUTEN, THE HEAD OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, HE ALLOWS THE CORE BANKS IN THIS COUNTRY TO DIP INTO THEIR RAINY DAY TO MAKE MONEY MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE PUTTING $300 MILLION IN EXTRA LENDING CAPACITY INTO THE COUNTRY

YOU'RE SEEING THE MULTIPLIER EFFECT OF COORDINATED ACTION WE NEVER REALLY SEE THEM TOGETHER THIS IS A SIGNAL THAT THIS IS A VERY URGENT TIME, AND ALSO THAT THEY HAVE A VERY SERIOUS AND THOUGHT-OUT PLAN BECAUSE THOSE THREE MEN DON'T SIT AT ONE TABLE ANNOUNCING A COORDINATED EVENT UNLESS THEY'VE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO PREPARE FOR IT AND COORDINATE JEREMY ROUTEN, HIS OFFICE WAS SHUT DOWN THIS WEEK

THE WORKERS WERE TOLD TO STAY HOME BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS FEARS SO IT JUST SHOWS YOU, THE WORK IS GOING ON ON THE ECONOMY, IN THE FACE OF A SERIOUS HEALTH EMERGENCY >> Rosemary: AND THAT APPEARANCE, AS WELL AS, I SHOULD SAY THE APPEARANCE OF THE PRIME MINISTER, DID HAVE AN IMMEDIATE MARKET IMPACT YOU DON'T EXPECT THAT EVERYTHING WILL, BUT SOMETIMES JUST SEEING SOMEONE DOING THEIR JOB PROVIDES SOME CONFIDENCE, AND THAT'S IN PART WHAT TODAY WAS ABOUT SO THE SECOND PART OF THIS, THAT IS TO COME NEXT WEEK, DAVID, WE SHOULD EXPECT IT TO BE FOCUSED ON INDIVIDUALS AND THE KINDS OF THINGS THEY WILL NEED? >> David: THE STIMULUS IS WHAT THEY SAY IS COMING NEXT WEEK

THIS IS STABILIZING AND MAKING THINGS AVAILABLE SO THERE WERE A LOT OF SIGNALS IN THAT, EVEN THOUGH THERE WEREN'T SPECIFICS AND I WOULD EXPECT THAT THE MARKETS ARE REBOUNDING THOSE SIGNALS AS WELL THERE IS A CLEAR SIGNAL FROM THE PRIME MINISTER, WHEN HE SPOKE OUTSIDE RIDEAU COTTAGE, AND THE ONLY REAL THING WAS THE WAIVING AND JOB-SHARING EXPANSION MEASURES SO PEOPLE DON'T GET LAID OFF BUT CASH IN YOUR POCKET TO PAY YOUR RENT, PAY YOUR MORTGAGE, TO PAY FOR CHILD CARE, IF THAT'S WHAT YOU NEED, THAT WILL BE PART OF THE STIMULUS MEASURE, IT SEEMS PRETTY CLEAR

AND THEN THERE IS LONG-TERM, WILL THERE BE STRUCTURE — IT IS NOT IN 2008, WHERE THERE WAS A FINANCIAL MELTDOWN, YOU GIVE PEOPLE MONEY AND THEY CAN GO OUT AND SPEND WE'RE IN AN AGE OF BROAD-BASED SELF-ISOLATION AND DISTANCING THIS IS NOT THE SORT OF THING THAT CAN HAPPEN BUT THEY'RE TRYING TO PUT A FLOOR UNDER THINGS WITH A LOT OF THESE MEASURES SO PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE BASIC ASPECTS OF DAY-TO-DAY LIFE SHOULD BE OKAY CANADIANS SHOULDN'T GO BROKE AND BUSINESSES SHOULDN'T GO UNDER

AND THAT'S THE MESSAGE THEY'RE TRYING TO CONVEY TODAY >> Rosemary: MAY I RECOMMEND ONLINE SHOPPING >> David: SOMEONE HAS TO DELIVER IT, ROSIE >> Rosemary: THAT'S RIGHT AS WE LOOK AT THE MARKETS, THINGS ARE TRENDING UP A LITTLE BIT

THURSDAY WAS THE WORST DAY FOR THE TSX IN DECADES THE MARKETS, IN LARGE, HAVE BEEN A ROLLER COASTER FOR EVERYONE SINCE ABOUT MONDAY

IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR INVESTMENTS, MAYBE NOT A GREAT TIME TO LOOK AT THEM IF YOU WANT TO STAY IN SOME STATE OF DENIAL, BUT TICKING POSITIVE IN THE TSX, AND THAT PROBABLY IN LIGHTER OF THE MEASURES WE'RE SEEING

IF THERE IS AN ASSERTED EFFORT TO PROVIDE CONFIDENCE FOR THE ECONOMY, PEOPLE WILL START BELIEVING THAT AND THE MARKETS WILL REFLECT IT THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SEEING THERE WE ARE, AT THIS HOUR, STANDING BY TO HEAR FROM THE US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, EXPECTED TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THERE SHORTLY, AND WE'RE EXPECTING HIM TO DECLARE A NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

THAT IS A RARELY USED PRESIDENTIAL POWER, BUT IT WOULD ALLOW HIM TO TAP INTO A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY AND TO HAVE — [NO AUDIO] >> IT IS INTERESTING, WE HAVE A NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ABOUT TO DECLARED BY THE PRESIDENT, AND WHAT THAT DOES IS ESSENTIALLY IT IS SORTER OF A BUREAUCRATIC THING IT SOUNDS QUITE OMINOUS, BUT IN FACT, WHAT IT DOES IS FREE UP MONEY IN A DISASTER RELIEF FUND THERE IS ABOUT $426 BILLION IN THAT FUND

THIS IS SOMETHING DEMOCRATS AND A NUMBER OF OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR FOR DAYS THIS WILL BE USED BY FEMA TO BE DISBURSED TO STATES THAT WERE HIT THE HARDEST THIS WILL ALLOW THEM TO PAY FOR SOME OF THE THINGS THEY ARE TRYING TO DO TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS THEY MAY BE SETTING UP MOBILE HEALTH AREAS, AS WELL AS TO PAY FOR WORKERS AND BILL CLINTON DID IT FOR THE WEST NILE VIRUS, BUT IT WAS ONLY ABOUT $5 MILLION THAT WAS RELEASED

THAT IS SOMETHING WE'RE LOOKING TO HEAR FROM THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE DOES SPEAK WE'LL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT, AND SEEING WHAT ELSE HE HAS TO SAY, ESPECIALLY ABOUT TESTING THAT'S AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN REALLY ON THE FOREFRONT OF PEOPLE'S MINDS HERE: WHY HASN'T THE US BEEN TESTING AS OFTEN AND FREQUENTLY AS OTHER COUNTRIES, GIVEN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM HERE

THERE ARE REPORTS THAT TRUMP HIMSELF MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PUSHING FOR THAT BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT THE NUMBERS TO GO HIGHER MANY HEALTH OFFICIALS HERE SAYING WE DON'T HAVE A STRONG ENOUGH GRASP ON HOW WIDESPREAD THE VIRUS IS HERE BECAUSE TESTING HASN'T BEEN DONE IN NEW YORK STATE, THEY SAY THEY HAVE BEEN PARTNERING WITH PRIVATE LABS, AND THEY HAVE GOT PERMISSION FROM THE FDA

AND OTHERS TO DO TESTING, BUT THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND ANECDOTAL REPORTS THAT PEOPLE AREN'T GETTING TESTS WHEN THEY ARE RECEIVED INTERESTING TO HEAR WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO SAY ABOUT TESTING, AND OVERALL, IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO HEAR THE TONE THE PRESIDENT DELIVERS WHEN HE DELIVERED HIS ADDRESS EARLIER THIS WEEK, HE STUCK TO THE SCRIPT, BUT EVEN AS HE STUCK TO THE SCRIPT, HE MADE MISTAKES THAT HE, HIMSELF, AND OTHER OFFICIALS HAD TO CORRECT LATER ON, AND THAT LED TO A DIP IN THE MARKETS AND OTHER QUESTIONS WHETHER OR NOT HE, HIMSELF, IS TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY AND IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THE INFORMATION, THE TONE THE PRESIDENT DELIVERS HERE IS GOING TO BE AS IMPORTANT AS WELL

>> Rosemary: YEAH IT HAS BEEN A MARKED DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT WE'RE SEEING THERE AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE PRESS CONFERENCES, WHERE THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS PROVINCIALLY OR FEDERALLY ARE ALWAYS PRESENT, AND THE POLITICIANS ARE DEFERRING TO THEM AND TO SCIENCE IN ORDER TO HAVE THE QUESTIONS ANSWERED THERE IS A HIGH LEVEL OF TRANSPARENCY AROUND THE NUMBER OF TESTS PART OF THAT, I THINK, IS THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM SARS, CERTAINLY

BUT PART OF IT IS JUST THE WAY OUR COUNTRY FUNCTIONS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENTLY THERE HOW HAS THAT MADE EVERYTHING MORE CHALLENGING? IF I CAN ASK YOU THAT QUESTION, THE FACT THAT IT HAS BEEN SORT OF LADEN WITH POLITICAL RHETORIC AND EVEN FALSEHOODS ABOUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING? >> Reporter: IT IS INTERESTING THERE IS A HUGE DISCONNECT HERE IN NEW YORK STATE, WE HAVE DAILY UPDATES FROM THE GOVERNOR, ANDREW CUOMO AND THE MAYOR, BILL MAYORAND YOU SEE THIS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS TASKFORCE HEADED BY MIKE PENCE

BUT YOU SEE THE PRESIDENT QUESTIONING THE NUMBERS SAYING HOW COME THE FLU HAS KILLED MORE PEOPLE AND WE'RE NOT FOCUSING ON THAT AND HOW COME THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID THIS BACK THEN AND WE'RE NOT FOCUSING ON THAT YOU WERE THE PRESIDENT ESSENTIALLY GOING AGAINST HIS OWN EXPERTS HE WAS TOURING THE CD

C, AND HIS OWN EXPERTS WERE THERE BESIDE HIM TRYING NOT TO CORRECT HIM WHEN HE WAS DELIVERING MISINFORMATION, ABOUT THE FACT THAT TESTING IS PERFECT, AND EVERYONE WHO WANTS IT CAN GET A TEST SO YOU SEE THESE OFFICIALS, ESPECIALLY WITH TRUMP AND IN OTHER MEDIA APPEARANCES, TRYING NOT TO ANGERING THE PRESIDENT BY CONTRADICTING HIS INFORMATION, BUT STILL TRYING TO GET CORRECT INFORMATION OUT TO THE PUBLIC SO THEY'RE WALKING A VERY FINE LINE WHEN YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT COMING OUT TO SPEAK, AND SOME OF THE REPORTERS WHO ARE IN THE ROSE GARDEN NOW SAYING THERE ISN'T A TELEPROMPTER

AND SO WHEN THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS OFF THE CUFF, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY ESPECIALLY IN THESE SCENARIOS, WHERE YOU NEED VERY PRECISE, VERY CREDIBLE INFORMATION WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN THE PRESIDENT TRIPPING OVER HIS OWN WORDS IN PREPARED STATEMENTS YOU KNOW, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, AND THAT'S NOT WHAT YOU WANT IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS >> Rosemary: I THINK HE HAD A TELEPROMPTER IN THE OVAL OFFICE EARLIER THIS WEEK, AND THAT DIDN'T SEEM TO PROTECT HIM FROM ERRORS

WE ARE EXPECTING THE PRESIDENT TO EMERGE VERY SHORTLY SO IF I CUT YOU OFF, STEVEN, THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT I'M SURE IS IN THE BACK OF EVERYONE'S MIND AS THEY WATCH THE PRESIDENT DEAL WITH THIS IS THE FACT THAT THERE IS A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COMING UP AND SURELY THE SAT OF THE STATEF THE MARKETS IS SORT OF WHAT HE BANKED ON, IN MANY WAYS, IN TERMS OF HIS RE-ELECTION SO HE NEEDS TO FIND A WAY TO CONTAIN AND STABILIZE THINGS

>> Reporter: WE'VE SEEN THAT IN SO MANY OF HIS PUBLIC COMMENTS IT IS TIED TO HOW THE MARKETS ARE PERFORMING WHEN THE MARKETS ARE GOING GOOD, HE TENDS TO DELIVER A MESSAGE OF POSITIVITY HE SAID, WE'LL BE THROUGH THIS VERY SOON, OR THE NUMBER OF CASES ISN'T GOING TO GO UP AND THEN THE SCENE GETS MORE SERIOUS WHEN THE MARKETS DIP AND HE TRIES TO RECOVER THERE

A NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING, WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT? IS IT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF AMERICANS, OR IS IT HIS OWN POLITICAL FORTUNES? WE SAW THAT EVEN WITH THE ISSUE WITH THE CRUISE SHIP IN CALIFORNIA, WHERE HE SAID GOING AGAINST THE EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THEY WERE SAYING THAT THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD BE BROUGHT OFF THE SHIP AND INTO QUARANTINE AND HE SAID HE DIDN'T WANT THEM TO COME OFF THE SHIP BECAUSE IT WOULD AFFECT THE NUMBERS AND HE DIDN'T WANT THE NUMBERS TO GO UP BECAUSE IN HIS MIND THE NUMBERS GOING UP REFLECTS BAD ON HOW THE US IS HANDLING THINGS AND PERHAPS LEADS TO THE MARKETS GOING DOWN

HOW POLITICS PLAYS INTO THIS CAN'T BE IGNORED >> Rosemary: SUCH A STARK CONTRAST TO THE WAY THINGS HAVE UNFOLDED HERE TODAY I DON'T KNOW IF YOU SAW EARLIER, WE HAD ALL OF THE LEADERS AND HOUSE LEADERS OF ALL OF THE PARTIES STANDING TOGETHER AT A MICROPHONE SAYING, YES, WE'RE GOING TO SHUT DOWN PARLIAMENT UNTIL APRIL 20th, AND WE'RE GOING TO FAST-TRACK NAFTA JUST BECAUSE THERE IS AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE SITUATION WHAT WE'RE EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM THE U

S PRESIDENT IS HE WILL DECLARE A NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY, WHICH WILL MEAN HE CAN TAP INTO — I THINK IT IS $40 BILLION — >> Reporter: $426BILLION >> Rosemary: THERE YOU GO IT ALWAYS MEANS THAT FEMA STARTS TO COORDINATE MEASURES BETWEEN THE STATES

WE'VE SEEN FEMA CALLED IN AT DIFFERENT TIMES, BUT THIS WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT FOR THE UNITED STATES LET ME JUST BRING PEOPLE UP TO DATE ON A COUPLE OF SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS COUNTRY I'M JUST NOTICING RIGHT NOW THAT MANITOBA HAS DECIDED THAT IT IS GOING TO CLOSE SCHOOLS IN THAT PROVINCE FOR THREE WEEKS, STARTING MARCH 23rd, AND THAT WOULD FALL IN LINE WITH MANITOBA'S SPRING BREAK, WHICH IS NOT UNLIKE WHAT ONTARIO IS DOING ONTARIO SCHOOLS SHUTTING FOR THREE WEEKS AS OF THE END OF DAY TODAY MANITOBA DECIDING TO DO THAT NOW AS WELL

QUEBEC ALSO MADE THAT DECISION EARLIER TODAY AND WE'VE SEEN THROUGHOUT THE DAY TODAY MANY, MANY DIFFERENT UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES FOLLOWING SUIT SO THIS IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT IMPACTS YOU AT HOME >> Reporter: ROSIE, IF I COULD JUMP IN ON THAT THE SCHOOL ISSUE IS A BIG ONE HERE IN THE U

S RIGHT NOW IT IS A HUGE DEBATE, AND PROBABLY AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE DEBATE IN NEW YORK CITY BECAUSE THE NEW YORK SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS MORE THAN A MILLION CHILDREN IN THERE AND PEOPLE ARE ASKING, WHY HAVEN'T SCHOOLS BEEN SHUT DOWN WITH SCHOOL BOARDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY IN CANADA, ARE SHUTTING DOWN AND THE GOVERNOR AND THE MAYOR HAVE SAID THIS IS WHERE KIDS ARE BEING ABLE TO BE TAKEN CARE OF, THEY HAVE FREE FOOD PROGRAMMES FOR LUNCH AND BREAKFAST IF YOU'RE A DOCTOR OR NURSE, A HEALTH CARE WORKER, WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOUR KIDS ARE AT HOME? IT IS A BIG DEBATE ON WHETHER OR NOT TO CLOSE THE SCHOOLS, AND THE OFFICIALS, FOR RIGHT NOW, ARE SAYING KEEP THEM OPEN

>> Rosemary: THE PRESIDENT IS COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, AND HE IS ACCOMPANIED BY MIKE PENCE STEVEN, WE'LL COME BACK TO YOU WHEN THE PRESIDENT HAS FINISHED SPEAKING TAKING YOU LIVE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN WASHINGTON >> President Trump: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYONE THANK YOU

THANK YOU A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE ROSE GARDEN I APPRECIATE EVERYBODY BEING HERE TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON SEVERAL DECISIVE NEW ACTIONS WE'RE TAKING IN OUR VERY VIGILANT EFFORT TO COMBAT AND ULTIMATELY DEFEAT THE CORONAVIRUS WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD ON THIS

WE'VE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS WHEN YOU COMPARE WHAT WE'VE DONE TO OTHER AREAS OF THE WORLD, IT'S PRETTY INCREDIBLE A LOT OF THAT HAD TO DO WITH THE EARLY DESIGNATION AND THE CLOSING OF THE BORDERS AND, AS YOU KNOW, EUROPE WAS JUST DESIGNATED AS THE HOT SPOT RIGHT NOW, AND WE CLOSED THAT BORDER A WHILE AGO SO THAT WAS LUCKY — IT WAS THROUGH TALENT OR LUCK, CALL IT WHATEVER YOU WANTS

BUT THROUGH A VERY COLLECTIVE ACTION AND SHARED SACRIFICE AND NATIONAL DETERMINATION, WE WILL OVERCOME THE THREAT OF THE VIRUS I ALSO ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY NIGHT, FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF OUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, WHO ARE DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB — WE APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH — TE SUSPENDING THE ENTRY OF FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO HAVE BEEN TO EUROPE IN THE LAST 14 DAYS FROM ENTERING THE UNITED STATES CITIZENS, RESIDENTS, AND OUR FAMILIES — ANY OF THE FAMILIES RETURNING FROM EUROPE WILL BE SUBJECT TO EXTRA SCREENING, AS WELL AS SELF-ISOLATION FOR A PERIOD OF 14 DAYS, AS THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION CONFIRMED TODAY, MANY OF THE THINGS OF WHAT WE SAID WERE 100% CORRECT, INCLUDING OUR DESIGNATION, BEFORE THEM, OF EUROPE LIKE OUR EARLIER VERY AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS WITH CHINA, THIS MEASURE WILL SAVE COUNTLESS LIVES I APPRECIATE A NUMBER OF THE FOLKS BEHIND ME, A NUMBER OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME SAID THAT SAVED A LOT OF LIVES, THAT EARLY DESIGNATION

BUT IT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF WHAT WE'RE REALLY DOING NOW WE'RE IN A DIFFERENT PHASE WE HAD SOME VERY OLD AND OBSOLETE RULES WE HAD TO LIVE WITH, AND IT WORKED UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT NOT UNDER MASS CIRCUMSTANCES THEY WERE IN PLACE FOR A LONG TIME, AND WE'RE BREAKING THEM DOWN NOW AND THEY'RE VERY USABLE FOR CERTAIN INSTANCES, BUT NOT FOR THIS

TO UNLEASH THE FULL POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, I'M OFFICIALLY DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY TWO VERY BIG WORDS THE ACTION I AM TAKING WILL OPEN UP ACCESS TO UP TO $50 BILLION OF VERY IMPORTANT AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR STATES AND TERRITORIES AND LOCALITIES IN OUR SHARED FIGHT AGAINST THIS DISEASE AND I'M URGING EVERY STATE TO SET UP EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS IMMEDIATELY YOU'LL BE HEARING FROM SOME OF THE LARGEST COMPANIES AND GREATEST RETAILERS AND MEDICAL COMPANIES IN THE WORLD, WHO ARE STANDING RIGHT BEHIND ME AND ASIDE OF ME

AND I'M ASKING EVERY HOSPITAL TO ACTIVATE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN SO THEY CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF AMERICANS EVERYWHERE THE HOSPITALS ARE VERY ENGAGED NEW YORK AND VARIOUS OTHER PLACES ARE ALSO VARIOUSLY ENGAGED I JUST SPOKE WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO, AND WE HAD A VERY GOOD CONVERSATION, AND WE'RE WORKING VERY STRONGLY WITH MANY STATES, INCLUDING NEW YORK THE EMERGENCY ORDERS I AM ISSUING TODAY WILL ALSO CONFIRM BROAD NEW AUTHORITY TO THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

THE SECRETARY OF HHS WILL BE ABLE TO IMMEDIATELY WAIVE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS TO GIVE DOCTORS AND ALL HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY TO RESPOND TO THE VIRUS AND CARE FOR PATIENTS THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING CRITICAL AUTHORITIES: THE ABILITY TO WAIVE LAWS TO ENABLE TELEHEALTH, A FAIRLY NEW AND INCREDIBLE THING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE NOT SO DISTANT PAST

I'LL TELL YOU, WHAT THEY'VE DONE WITH TELEHEALTH IS INCREDIBLE IT GIVES REMOTE DOCTORS VISITS AND HOSPITAL CHECK-INS, THE POWER TO WAIVE CERTAIN FEDERAL LICENCE REQUIREMENTS SO THAT DOCTORS FROM OTHER STATES CAN PROVIDE SERVICES IN STATES WITH THE GREATEST NEED NUMBER TWO, THE ABILITY TO WAIVE REQUIREMENTS THAT CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS LIMIT THE NUMBER OF BEDS TO 25, AND THE LENGTH OF STAY TO 96 HOURS THE ABILITY TO WAIVE THE REQUIREMENTS OF A THREE-DAY HOSPITAL STAY PRIOR TO ADMISSION TO A NURSING HOME A BIG THING

THE AUTHORITY TO WAIVE THE RULES TO HINDER HOSPITALS' ABILITY TO BRING ADDITIONAL PHYSICIANS ON BOARD OR OBTAIN NEEDED OFFICE SPACE THEY CAN DO AS THEY WANT THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO NOW THEY DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM GETTING IT DONE

THE AUTHORITY TO WAIVE RULES THAT SEVERELY RESTRICT WHERE HOSPITALS CAN CARE FOR PATIENTS WITHIN THE HOSPITAL ITSELF, ENSURING THAT THE EMERGENCY CAPACITY CAN BE QUICKLY ESTABLISHED WE'LL REMOVE OR ELIMINATE EVERY OBSTACLE TO DELIVER OUR PEOPLE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED AND THAT THEY'RE ENTITLED TO NO RESOURCE WILL BE SPARED, NOTHING WITNESSES SO FAR 10 DAYS AGO I BROUGHT TOGETHER CE

Os OF COMMERCIAL LABS AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND DIRECTED THEM TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN WORKING ON A SOLUTION TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF TESTS OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE CALLED US AND WORKED WITH US, AND THEY'RE DOING SIMILAR THINGS, OR WILL BE DOING SIMILAR THINGS AS A RESULT OF THAT ACTION, TODAY WE'RE ANNOUNCING A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE SECTORS TO VASTLY INCREASE AND ACCELERATE OUR CAPACITY TO TEST FOR THE CORONAVIRUS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO NEED A TEST CAN GET A TEST VERY SAFELY, QUICKLY, AND CONVENIENTLY

BUT WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE A TEST IF WE FEEL THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT AND WE DON'T WANT EVERYONE RUNNING OUT AND TAKING IT ONLY IF YOU HAVE CERTAIN SYMPTOMS USING FEDERAL EMERGENCY AUTHORITIES, THE FD

A APPROVED A NEW TEST FOR THE VIRUS WE DID THIS WITHIN HOURS AFTER RECEIVING THE APPLICATION FROM ROUCHE WE EXPECT A HALF MILLION ADDITIONAL TESTS WILL BE AVAILABLE WE'LL BE ANNOUNCING LOCATIONS PROBABLY ON SUNDAY NIGHT

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ROUCHE IT WILL GO VERY QUICKLY IT IS GOING VERY QUICKLY WHICH WILL BRING ADDITIONALLY 14 MILLION TESTS ON BOARD NEXT WEEK, AND 5 MILLION WITHIN A MONTH

I DOUBT WE'LL NEED ANYWHERE NEAR THAT AT THE SAME TIME, WE'VE BEEN IN DISCUSSIONS WITH PHARMACIES AND RETAILERS TO MAKE DRIVE-THROUGH TESTS AVAILABLE IN THE CRITICAL LOCATIONS IDENTIFIED BY PUBLIC HEALTH LOCATIONS THE GOAL IS FOR INDIVIDUALS TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE UP AND BE SWABBED WITHOUT HAVING TO LEAVE YOUR CAR I WANT TO THANK GOOGLE GOOGLE IS HELPING TO DEVELOP A WEBSITE

IT'S GOING TO BE VERY QUICKLY DONE, UNLIKE WEBSITES OF THE PAST, TO DETERMINE WHETHER A TEST IS WARRANTED AND TO FACILITATE TESTING AT A NEARBY CONVENIENT LOCATION WE HAVE MANY, MANY LOCATIONS BEHIND US, BY THE WAY WE COVERED THIS COUNTRY AND LARGE PARTS OF THE WORLD, BY THE WAY WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, BUT WE COVER VERY STRONGLY OUR COUNTRY STORES IN VIRTUALLY EVERY LOCATION

GOOGLE HAS 1,700 ENGINEERS WORKING ON THIS RIGHT NOW THEY'VE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS OUR OVERRIDING GOAL IS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND TO HELP ALL AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS AGAIN, WE DON'T WANT EVERYBODY TAKING THIS TEST IT IS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY

AND THIS WILL PASS THIS WILL PASS THROUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO BE EVEN STRONGER FOR IT WE'VE LEARNED A LOT, A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT HAS BEEN LEARNED I WANT TO THANK DEBRA BURKES, AND I WANT HER TO COME UP AND SAY A FEW WORDS AS TO WHAT IS HAPPENING DR

BURKES IS A HIGHLY RESPECTED PERSON, I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW VERY WELL OVER THE LAST SIX DAYS, AND WHAT WE'VE DONE IS BUILT SOMETHING THAT IS VERY OLD, OLD-FASHIONED AND CERTAINLY OBSOLETE WHEN IT COMES TO THE KIND OF NUMBERS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT — DR BURKES, PLEASE THANK YOU, DEBRA >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF YOU I THINK YOU KNOW AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS EPIDEMIC, HHS THROUGH C

DC, BUILT AN APP BUILT ON THE EXISTING FLU SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM THAT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WAS THEN CONVERTED TO DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM BUT LAST TUESDAY, SEEING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AROUND THE GLOBE, THE PRESIDENT REALIZED THAT OUR CURRENT APPROACH TO TESTING WAS INADEQUATE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC

HE ASKED FOR AN ENTIRE OVERHAUL OF THE TESTING APPROACH HE IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE PRIVATE SECTOR LABORATORIES TO THE WHITE HOUSE, AS NOTED, AND CHARGED THEM WITH DEVELOPING A HIGH-QUALITY PLATFORM THAT CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WE'RE GRATEFUL TO LAB CORP AND QUEST FOR TAKING UP THE CHARGE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE MEETING, AND WITHIN 72 HOURS BRINGING TESTING TO WASHINGTON STATE AND CALIFORNIA AND NOW ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL TO THE UNIVERSITIES AND LARGE HOSPITAL SYSTEMS THAT TOOK UP THE CHARGE TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN QUALITY TESTS, MADE AVAILABLE BY NEW FD

A GUIDANCE THIS HAS RESOLVED IN EXPANDING TESTING ACROSS NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON AND COLORADO AND YOU SEE THE DRIVE-THROUGH OPTIONS MADE AVAILABLE FOLLOWING THE MEETING LAST WEEK, MAJOR COMMERCIAL LABORATORY EQUIPMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC COMPANIES TOOK IMMEDIATE ACTION TO ADOPT AND DEVELOP NEW SYSTEMS

ROUCHEMOVED FROM REQUEST TO DEVELOPMENT TO APPROVED IN RECORD TIME THIS FOCUSED ON PROVIDING CONVENIENT TESTING TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WITHIN SHORT TORNADO-AROUND TIMES IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TOGETHER, WE HAVE DEVELOPED A SOLUTION THAT WE BELIEVE WILL MEET THE FUTURE TESTING NEEDS OF AMERICANS I UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFICULT THIS HAS BEEN I WAS PART OF THE HIV/AIDS RESPONSE IN THE '80s

WE KNEW FROM FIRST FINDING CASES IN 1981, IT TOOK US TO ALMOST 1985 TO HAVE A TEST IT TOOK US ANOTHER 11 YEARS TO HAVE AFFECTIVE THERAPY IT IS BECAUSE OF THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THAT WE WERE ABLE TO MOBILIZE AND BRING THE INDIVIDUALS KEY TO THE HIV

RESPONSE TO THIS RESPONSE I UNDERSTAND THAT A LOT OF THIS BEHIND THE SCENES ACTION OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WAS INVISIBLE TO THE PRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT THIS INTENSE EFFORT HAS NOT ONLY RESULTED IN IN INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS BUT IN AUTOMATED SYSTEMS, BRINGING THE AVAILABILITY OF THESE QUALITY CORONAVIRUS TESTING TO AMERICAN PEOPLE AT UNPRECEDENTED SPEED FINALLY, I WANT YOU TO KNOW IN SOUTH KOREA, THEY DID HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF TESTS AVAILABLE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS THEIR POSITIVITY RATE IS BETWEEN 3% AND 4%

WITH LAB CORPS AND REQUEST, THE POSITIVITY RATE IS BETWEEN 1% AND 2% WE WANT TO ANNOUNCE THIS NEW APPROACH TO TESTING, WHICH WILL START IN THE SCREENING WEBSITE, UP HERE, FACILITATED BY GOOGLE, WHERE PEOPLE OF INTEREST CAN GO, FILL OUT A SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE, MOVE DOWN FOR SYMPTOMS AND RISK FACTORS, YES, AND THEY WOULD MOVE DOWN THIS AND BE TOLD WHERE THE DRIVE-THROUGH OPTIONS WOULD BE FOR THEM TO RECEIVE THIS TEST THE LABS WILL MOVE TO THE HIGHEST AUTOMATED MACHINES TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE RESULTS IN 24 TO 36 HOURS WE HAVE SEEN IT WORK, JUST IN OUR OWN UNITED STATES, AND WE WANT TO BRING THIS ACROSS THE CONTINENT THANK YOU VERY MUCH

>> President Trump: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DEBRA I'D LIKE TO MAYBE HAVE TONY — I THINK EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU PRETTY WELL TONY HAS BEEN DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB WORKING LONG, LONG HOURS, AND THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND WORKING WITH YOU HAS BEEN TERRIFIC TONY, PLEASE >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR

PRESIDENT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF ANOTHER — ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHAT I'VE BEEN REFERRING TO IN MY DISCUSSIONS WITH MANY OF YOU IN THE AUDIENCE, AS A PRO-ACTIVE, LEANING FORWARD, AGGRESSIVE, TRYING TO STAY AHEAD OF OF THE CURVE WHAT YOU'VE SEEN WITH THIS ORDER IS WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO REMOVE THE CONSTRAINTS SO THAT PEOPLE AT THE STATE, THE LOCAL LEVEL, THE INDIVIDUAL PHYSICIAN, ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WILL HAVE AS MANY CONSTRAINTS AS POSSIBLE REMOVED FOR THEM TO DO EVERYTHING THEY POSSIBLY CAN, SO THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE CONTAINMENT, THE MITIGATION, SO THAT AS I SAID MANY TIMES, THAT CURVE THAT I REFER TO THAT GOES UP, WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE THAT CURVE WE WANT TO SUPPRESS IT DOWN TO THAT SMALL MOUND

I THINK WHAT WE'VE DONE TODAY IS SOMETHING THAT WILL BE A VERY IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN HAVING US BE SUCCESSFUL IN DOING THAT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO THERE WILL BE MANY MOWERS MANY MORECASES, BUT WE'LL TAKE E OF THAT, AND ULTIMATELY, AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, IT WILL END AND WHAT IS GOING ON HERE TODAY WILL MAKE IT END SOONER THAN IT WOULD HAVE >> President Trump: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TONY

IF I COULD — SOME OF THESE FOLKS WE KNOW, THEY'RE CELEBRITIES IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, THE GREAT RETAILERS, AND ONE IS DOUG FROM WAL-MART I'D LIKE TO HAVE YOU SAY A FEW WORDS >> WHEN WE GOT THE CALL YESTERDAY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, WE WERE EAGER TO DOOUR PART TO HELP THE COUNTRY WE'VE BEEN ASKED TO MAKE PORTIONS OF OUR PARKING LOTS AVAILABLE IN SELECT LOCATIONS AND SCALING OVER TIME AS SUPPLY INCREASES, SO PEOPLE CAN EXPERIENCE THE DRIVE-THROUGH EXPERIENCE WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN FROM THE SUPPLY-CHAIN POINT OF VIEW TO DO WHAT WE CAN

THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> President Trump: RICHARD, IF YOU COULD COME UP WALGREENS >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

SIMILAR TO DOUG AND WAL-MART, WE'RE HAPPY TO STAND IN HERE AND HELP IN COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA A LOT OF TIMES WHEN WE HAVE NATURAL DISASTERS, OUR STORES ARE A BEACON IN THE COMMUNITY, AND THIS SITUATION IS NO DIFFERENT WE LOOK FORWARD TO PARTNERING WITH THE CDC

, AND PARTICULARLY WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT, WHO IS DOING SUCH A FANTASTIC JOB WE'RE READY TO ENGAGE AND HELP >> President Trump: THANK YOU VERY MUCH BRIAN CORNELL, TARGET >> THANK YOU

MR PRESIDENT, THANK YOU FOR INVITING US HERE TODAY, ALONG WITH OUR COLLEAGUES FROM WAL-MART AND WALGREENS, NORMALLY WE ARE COMPETITORS, BUT TODAY WE'RE FOCUSED ON A COMMON COMPETITOR AND THAT'S DEFEATING THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO OUR FAIR SHARE TO ALLEVIATE THIS GROWING THREAT SO THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING US TODAY IN THE NEAR TERM, WE'RE ALL COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE WE ARE KEEPING OUR STORES OPEN, TO SERVE THE AMERICAN CONSUMER, WHO IS STOCKING UP ON KEY FOOD AND BEVERAGE ITEMS, AND MAKING SURE WE RUN SAFE STORES, AND CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS SAFE FOR OUR TEAM MEMBERS

THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> President Trump: THANK YOU VERY MUCH GREAT JOB IS TOM POLLAND HERE? >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

WE'RE ONE OF THE LEADING PROVIDERS OF MEDICAL DEVICES AS WELL AS COLLECTION PRODUCTS FOR TESTING OF CORONAVIRUS WE'RE RAMPING UP OUR MANUFACTURING CAPACITY TO ENSURE THAT THE RIGHT COLLECTION DEVICES AND TESTING EQUIPMENT ARE READY TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR PRESIDENT >> President Trump: THANK YOU VERY MUCH

STEVEN ROCOWSKI, QUEST DIAGNOSTICS >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR PRESIDENT AS MENTIONED, WE WERE CALLED THROUGH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE VICE PRESIDENT, LAST WEEK TO COME TOGETHER AS AN INDUSTRY WE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE F

DA, AND WE WORKED WITH THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL, AND WE'RE UP AND RUNNING WITH TESTS IN A NUMBER OF OUR FACILITIES AS THE PRESIDENT MENTIONED, WE NOW HAVE CAPABILITIES FROM ROUCHE DIAGNOSTICS WE'LL BRING INTO OUR FACILITIES THIS WEEKEND I KNOW MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUE AT LAB CORPS WILL BE DOING THE SAME

SO IT WILL BE CONSIDERABLY INCREASED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS >> President Trump: THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND MATT SAUCE, PLEASE, OF ROUCHE >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

SO FROM ROUCHE, WE WANT TO THANK THE FDA FOR THEIRRAPID APPROVAL OUR CORONAVIRUS TEST WE APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE C

DC AND FDA

TO GET THAT TO MARKET AS FAST AS PEOPLE IT IS CRITICAL TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO HELP PATIENTS IN NEED, AND WORKING WITH LABORATORIES TO GET IT UP AND GOING IN THE NEAR FUTURE IT WILL BRING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TESTS AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS IN NEED IN THE UNITED STATES SO THANK YOU >> President Trump: AND YOU CAN DO IT

YOU CAN DO IT A GREAT COMPANY DAVID PIERRE OF SIGNIFY HEALTH, PLEASE >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

WE ARE THE LARGEST HOUSE-CALL PROVIDER IN THE US AND WE GO TO THE HOMES OF THE MOST VULNERABLE, ELDERLY AND THROUGH OUR NETWORK AND OUR LOGISTICS ENGINE, WE STAND READY TO HELP AND PROVIDE OUR CLINICIANS TO BE WHERE THEY'RE NEEDED, WHETHER IN RETAIL CLINICS OR IN THE HOME AND WE'RE HERE TO ASSIST

THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> President Trump: THANK YOU VERY MUCH WE'LL BE CHANGING A LOT OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE FUTURE, SHOULD THAT IS HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE, WHICH WE HOPE IT NEVER DOES, BUT IT WILL, I GUESS, THERE ARE SOME BAD ONES OVER THE YEARS, AND I GUESS THAT WILL CONTINUE, TO AN EXTENT WE HOPE IT NEVER HAPPENS, BUT WE'RE GOING TO BE CHANGING A LOT OF THE OLD RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS AND REGULATIONS ADAM SCHECTOR, LAB CORPS, PLEASE

>> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT AT LAB CORPS WE'RE WORKING EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TESTS WE CAN RUN WE'RE WORKING WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AT QUEST, WITH OTHER HOSPITAL AND OTHER LABORATORIES TO ENSURE WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO INCREASE THE TESTING AS WE MOVE FORWARD I CAN TELL YOU WE UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THE TESTING IS, AND WE'RE COMMITTED TO DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE

>> President Trump: THANK YOU GREAT JOB THOMAS MORIARTY, CVS

>> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSED, SINCE THE START, OF MAKING SURE OUR PATIENTS AND THE COSTUMERS WE SERVE HAVE THE INFORMATION THEY NEED, THE SAFETY THEY NEED AS WELL WE'RE COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TO MAKE THIS WORK AS WELL AND THANK YOU, SIR, FOR THE HONOUR

>> President Trump: THANK YOU GREAT JOB AND BRUCE QUENSTEIN, LA C

GROUP >> MR PRESIDENT, THANK YOU FOR THE HONOUR OF BEING HERE THE HOME HEALTH INDUSTRY HAS BEEN TREATING PATIENTS AND SENIORS IN THE SAFETY AND COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOME FOR DECADES WE'RE VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF THE TESTING IN THEIR OWN HOMES

FOR AMERICANS WHO CAN'T GET TO A TEST SITE, WE'RE HERE TO HELP AND TO PARTNER WITH OUR HOSPITALS AND PHYSICIANS, AS WELL AS WITH THE PEOPLE WE HAVE HERE TODAY THAT WILL BE TESTING AROUND THE COUNTRY THANK YOU >> President Trump: THANK YOU I LIKE THAT THAT'S GOOD

I'M ALSO ANNOUNCING THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ACTIONS TODAY TO HELP OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, I'VE WAIVED INTEREST ON ALL STUDENT LOANS HELD BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, AND THAT WILL BE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THAT'S A BIG THING FOR A LOT OF STUDENTS THAT ARE LEFT IN THE MIDDLE MANY OF THE SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED BASED ON THE PRICE OF OIL, I HAVE INSTRUCTED THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY TO PURCHASE, AT A VERY GOOD PRICE, LARGE QUANTITIES OF CRUDE OIL FOR STORAGE IN THE U

S, STRATEGIC RESERVE WE'RE GOING TO FILL IT RIGHT UP TO THE TOP, SAVING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, AND HELPING OUR OIL INDUSTRY AND HELPING US TO THAT WONDERFUL GOAL WHICH WE ACHIEVED, WHICH NOBODY THOUGHT WAS POSSIBLE, OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE WE'RE BUYING IT AS THE RIGHT PRICE AND PUTS US IN A POSITION THAT IS VERY STRONG

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE A WEEK AGO THE PRICE OF OIL WENT DOWN QUITE A BIT, SO WE'RE GOING TO FILL IT UP IT IS A GOOD TIME TO FILL IT UP I'D LIKE TO ASK MIKE PENCE TO SAY A FEW WORDS, PLEASE V

P >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT IT IS — THIS DAY SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO EVERY AMERICAN, BECAUSE THANKS TO YOUR LEADERSHIP FROM EARLY ON, NOT ONLY ARE WE BRINGING A WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO CONFRONTING THE CORONAVIRUS, WE'RE BRINGING IN ALL OF AMERICA APPROACH MR

PRESIDENT, FROM EARLY ON YOU TOOK DECISIVE ACTION, YOU SUSPENDED ALL TRAVEL FROM CHINA, YOU CREATED TRAVEL ADVISORIES SOUTH KOREA AND ITALY — WE SCREENED TRAVELERS IN ALL AIRPORTS IN BOTH OF THOSE COUNTRIES ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF YOUR HEALTH EXPERTS, YOU, ADMIT NIGHT TONIGHT, WILL AFFECTIVELY SUSPEND ALL TRAVEL FROM EUROPE, AND AMERICANS THAT ARE RETURNING WILL BE SCREENED AND ASKED TO VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATE IN A 14-DAY QUARANTINE THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, MR PRESIDENT, YOU PUT THE HEALTH OF AMERICA FIRST

BUT YOU BROUGHT THE BEST OF AMERICA TO ADDRESS IT AND IT'S NOT JUST AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AS YOU SAID, MR PRESIDENT, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE ISSUED BROAD GUIDELINES FROM THE C

DC FOR EVERY AMERICAN THIS WEEK AT YOUR DIRECTION, WE TAILORED SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CD

C FOR WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, AND FLORIDA YOU HAVE FORCED A SEAMLESS PARTNERSHIP WITH EVERY STATE AND EVERY TERRITORY IN THIS COUNTRY AND YOU PUT THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION FIRST BUT TODAY I TRUST THAT PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE LOOKING ON AT THIS EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF TESTING WITH PARTICULAR INSPIRATION

AFTER YOU TAPPED ME TO LEAD THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASKFORCE, MR PRESIDENT, YOU SAID, THIS IS ALL HANDS ON DECK, AND YOU DIRECTED US TO IMMEDIATELY MOVE OUT TO THE AMERICAN BUSINESS SECTOR, TO COMMERCIAL LABS, TO MEET WHAT WE KNEW THEN WOULD BE THE NEED OF TESTING ACROSS THE SPECTRUM TODAY WITH THIS HISTORIC PUBLIC-PRIVATE FOUNDATION, WE WILL MEET THAT NEED BY THIS SUNDAY EVENING, WE'LL BE ABLE TO GIVE SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON WHEN THE WEBSITE WILL BE AVAILABLE, YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE, TYPE IN YOUR SYMPTOMS, AND BE GIVEN DIRECTION WHETHER OR NOT A TEST IS INDICATED AND THEN AT THE SAME WEBSITE, YOU'LL BE DIRECTED TO ONE OF THESE INCREDIBLE COMPANIES THAT ARE GOING TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF THEIR PARKING LOT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN COME BY AND DO A DRIVE-BY TEST

I WANT TO JOIN YOU IN THANKING WAL-MART, WALGREENS, CVS, AND PEOPLE COME TOGETHER, AND NOW THEY'RE GOING TO COME TOGETHER TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC LAB CORPS AND REQUEST AND ROUCHE HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLY JOB STEPPING FORWARD, AND THEY'RE GOING TO LITERALLY MAKE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TESTS AVAILABLE AND BEING PROCESSED WITH RESULTS TO PATIENTS IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE

BUT IT IS ALL AS A RESULT OF YOU TASKING US WITH BRINGING TOGETHER NOT JUST GOVERNMENT RESOURCES, WHICH ALL STATE LABS CAN TEST ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND CDC IS TESTING, BUT YOU SAID, MR PRESIDENT, YOU WANT TO BRING ALL OF THE RESOURCES OF THE COUNTRY TOGETHER, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS PARTNERSHIP REALLY MEANS

THE TRUTH IS WE HAVE CORONAVIRUS CASES NOW IN 46 AMERICAN STATES WHILE THE RISK OF SERIOUS ILLNESS OF THE CORONAVIRUS REMAINS LOW, WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERY AMERICAN TO PRACTICE COMMON SENSE, PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE, GO TO THE CDC'S WEBSITE AND SEE WHAT THE GUIDANCE IS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY OR FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BROADLY

AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT NOW THAT WE LOOK AFTER SENIOR CITIZENS WITH CHRONIC UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED THE CENTER FOR MEDICAID AND MEDICARE SERVICES TO RAISE THE STANDARDS FOR OUR NURSING HOMES, IN CREWS INSPECTIONS AT OUR NURSING HOMES AND TODAY WE'RE OFFERING VERY SPECIFIC GUIDANCE, WHICH WE'LL ARTICULATE ABOUT VISITATION AT NURSING HOMES THEY WERE THERE FOR US WHEN WE WERE GROWING UP, MR PRESIDENT

THEY HELPED US WITH OUR HOMEWORK THEY TUCKED US IN AT NIGHT THEY CHEERED US ON AS WE PURSUED EDUCATIONS, AND NOW IT IS TIME FOR US TO BE THERE FOR THEM AND TO RECOGNIZE THAT SENIORS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE, AND AMERICANS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE SO WASH YOUR HANDS, USE COMMON SENSE, LOOK AT THE NURSING HOMES >> THANK YOU

WELL, THANK YOU TO THE PRESIDENT FOR THE DECLARATION IT ALLOWS MY AGENCY, CMS, WHICH RUNS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, TO SUSPEND REGULATIONS THAT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF TREATING PATIENTS DURING THIS TIME

THESE TEMPORARY NATIONAL, BLANKET WAIVERS ARE RESERVED FOR THE RAREST OF CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THEY REPRESENT A MASSIVE MOBILIZATION OF OUR COUNTRY'S RESOURCES TO COMBAT THIS TERRIBLE VIRUS AND THE FLEXABILITIES WILL BE A GOD-SEND ON THE FRONT LINES OF THIS FIGHT CMS

WILL GIVING GUIDANCE, TO PREVENT ALL VISITORS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF END OF LIFE THIS REPRESENTS A SEVERE TRIAL FOR RESIDENTS OF NURSING HOMES AND THOSE WHO LOVE THEM BUT WE'RE DOING WHAT WE MUST TO PROTECT OUR VULNERABLE ELDERLY THANK YOU >> President Trump: THANK YOU VERY MUCH

AS I SAID IN MY ADDRESS TO THE NATION THE OTHER NIGHT, ALL AMERICANS HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN DEFEATING THIS VIRUS OUR MOST AFFECTIVE WEAPON RIGHT NOW IS TO LIMIT THE DAMAGE TO OUR PEOPLE AND OUR COUNTRY AND SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS ITSELF THE CHOICE WE MAKE, THE PRECAUTIONS WE PUT INTO PLACE, ARE CRITICAL TO OVERCOMING THE VIRUS [PLEASE STAND BY] WITH FAITH AND HEART AND HOPE AND LOVE AND DETERMINATION, WE WILL SUCCEED, WE WILL PREVAIL, WE WILL BE VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL, AND WE'LL LEARN FOR THE FUTURE THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, WE CAN TAKE SOME GO AHEAD, JOHN, PLEASE AND IF YOU'D LIKE TO ASK SOME OF THE FOLKS UP HERE WOULD BE FINE, PLEASE >> MR PRESIDENT, WHERE ARE YOU WITH THE HOUSE BILL? YESTERDAY WE TALKED TO YOU IN THE OVAL OFFICE, YOU WERE OPPOSED TO IT

WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THEN AND WHAT'S THE HOLD-UP ON THAT? >> WELL, WE JUST DON'T THINK THEY'RE GIVING UP WE DON'T THINK THE DEMOCRATS ARE GIVING ENOUGH WE'RE NEGOTIATING WE THOUGHT WE HAD SOMETHING BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY DIDN'T AGREE TO CERTAIN THINGS THAT THEY AGREED TO SO WE COULD HAVE SOMETHING BUT WE DON'T THINK THEY'RE GIVING ENOUGH

THEY'RE NOT DOING WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE COUNTRY >> AND IF I COULD ASK — >> GO AHEAD, PLEASE >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT YOU JUST MENTIONED WAIVING INTEREST FOR STUDENT LOANS, YOU TALK ABOUT BUYING OIL FROM THE SPR OR ADDING TO THE SPR, WHAT OTHER SPECIFIC TARGETED MEASURES IS YOUR ADMINISTRATION THINKING ABOUT TAKING? THE TREASURY SECRETARY SAID TODAY YOU'RE JUST IN THE SECOND INNING OF THINGS YOU MIGHT BE UNDERGOING? >> President Donald Trump: WE ARE LOOKING AT MANY DIFFERENT THINGS, AS YOU KNOW

YOU KNOW SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT VERY WIDELY BUT WE'RE GOING TO BE RELEASING A PAPER IN ABOUT TWO HOURS STATING QUITE A IF YOU OTHER STEPS, VERY IMPORTANT ONES PLEASE, GO AHEAD PLEASE, GO AHEAD >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR PRESIDENT

I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE IN CONTACT WITH THE BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT AFTER A MEMBER OF HIS DELEGATION WHO WAS WITH YOU SATURDAY WAS TESTED POSITIVE AND ALSO I WANT TO ASK ANOTHER QUESTION, IF YOU LET ME, SENATOR LINDSAY GRAHAM AND ALSO SENATOR RICK SCOTT ARE SELF-ISOLATING ARE YOU PLANNING TO TAKE ANY KIND OF PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO PROTECT YOU AND ALSO TEST WHO WAS THERE WITH HIM? >> President Donald Trump: NO, WE HAVE NO SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER, AND WE HAVE — WE HAD A GREAT MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL, BOLSONARO, GREAT GUY, VERY TREMENDOUS HE'S DOING A FANTASTIC JOB FOR BRAZIL AND AS YOU KNOW, HE TESTED NEGATIVE, MEANING NOTHING WRONG, THIS MORNING, AND WE GOT THAT WORD, TOO BECAUSE WE DID HAVE DINNER WITH HIM, WE WERE SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME

>> BUT ARE YOU IN CONTACT WITH HIM OVER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS? >> WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IT COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY, BUT WE DID DISCUSS IF HE HAD A PROBLEM IT WAS REPORTED THAT HE MAY HAVE IT, AND HE DOESN'T, FORTUNATELY >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR PRESIDENT DR

FAUCI SAID A FAULT WAS THE LAG IN TESTING, AND WHEN WILL YOU GUARANTEE THAT EVERYONE WHO NEEDS A TEST WILL HAVE A DATE? >> President Donald Trump: NO, I DON'T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AT ALL BECAUSE WE WERE GIVEN A SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND WE WERE GIVEN RULES, REGULATIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS FROM A DIFFERENT TIME IT WASN'T MEANT FOR THIS KIND OF AN EVENT WITH THE KIND OF NUMBERS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND WHAT WE'VE DONE IS REDESIGNED IT VERY QUICKLY WITH THE HELP OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME, AND WE'RE NOW IN VERY, VERY STRONG SHAPE I THINK WE'LL BE ANNOUNCING AS I SAID SUNDAY NIGHT, AND THIS WILL START VERY QUICKLY AND WE'LL HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO IN THE MILLIONS OVER A VERY, VERY QUICK PERIOD OF TIME SO NO

AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE, AND WE ARE GOING TO BE LEAVING A VERY INDELIBLE PRINT FOR THE FUTURE IN CASE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS AGAIN, BUT IT WAS — AND THAT'S NOT THE FAULT OF ANYBODY, AND FRANKLY, THE OLD SYSTEM WORKED VERY WELL FOR SMALLER NUMBERS, MUCH SMALLER NUMBERS BUT NOT FOR THESE KIND OF NUMBERS TONY, MAYBE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING >> BY SUNDAY NIGHT, WILL EVERY AMERICAN BE ABLE TO GET A TEST? >> JUST TO REITERATE WHAT I SAID TO YOU MANY TIMES, THE SYSTEM, THE SYSTEM WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR WHAT IT WAS DESIGNED FOR, IT WORKED VERY WELL THE CDC DESIGNED A GOOD SYSTEM IF YOU WANT TO GET THE KIND OF BLANKET TESTING AND AVAILABILITY THAT ANYBODY CAN GET IT OR YOU COULD EVEN DO SURVEILLANCE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE PENETRATION IS, YOU HAVE TO EMBRACE THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE SEEING BECAUSE YOU CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT IT

SO WHEN I SAID THAT, I MEANT THE SYSTEM WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR WHAT WE NEED NOW LOOKING FORWARD, THE SYSTEM WILL TAKE CARE OF IT >> MR PRESIDENT — >> President Donald Trump: AND IF YOU GO BACK, PLEASE, IF YOU GO BACK TO THE SWINE FLU, IT WAS NOTHING LIKE THIS THEY DIDN'T DO TESTING LIKE THIS AND ACTUALLY THEY LOST APPROXIMATELY 14,000 PEOPLE, AND THEY DIDN'T DO THE TESTING

THEY STARTED THINKING ABOUT TESTING WHEN IT WAS FAR TOO LATE WHAT WE'VE DONE AND ONE OF THE REASONS I THINK PEOPLE ARE RESPECTING WHAT WE'VE DONE, WE'VE DONE IT VERY EARLY WE'VE GOTTEN IT VERY EARLY, AND WE'VE ALSO KEPT A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT >> MR PRESIDENT — >> MR

PRESIDENT, THE LAST ADMINISTRATION SAID THAT THEY TESTED A MILLION PEOPLE AT THIS POINT >> President Donald Trump: ASK THEM HOW THEY DID WITH THE SWINE FLU, IT WAS A DISASTER NEXT, PLEASE NEXT PLEASE THEY HAD A VERY BIG FAILURE WITH SWINE FLU

VERY BIG FAILURE >> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE EUROPEAN TRAVEL BAN THAT GOES INTO EFFECT AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND THE EXEMPTION THAT YOU'VE OFFERED TO THE UK THERE ARE 17 COUNTRIES THAT ARE IN THE SO-CALLED SHENGEN ZONE WITH FEWER CORONAVIRUS CASES THAN THE UK

AND JUST IN THE PAST 24 HOURS, THE UK HAS ADDED 208 CORONAVIRUS CASES TO THEIR TOTAL WHY DO THEY, MR PRESIDENT, DESERVE AN EXEMPTION AND WOULD YOU CONSIDER ADDING THEM TO THIS TRAVEL BAN LIST? >> President Donald Trump: WELL, THAT WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME BY A GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS, AND WE ARE LOOKING AT IT BASED ON THE NEW NUMBERS THAT ARE COMING OUT, AND WE MAY HAVE TO INCLUDE THEM IN THE LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT WE WILL YOU COULD SAY BAN OR WHATEVER IT IS DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME

BUT, YEAH, THEIR NUMBERS HAVE GONE UP FAIRLY PRECIPITOUSLY OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS SO WE MAY BE ADDING THAT AND WE MAY BE ADDING A COUPLE OF OTHERS, AND WE MAY FRANKLY START THINKING ABOUT TAKING SOME OFF GO AHEAD >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

I'M A CORRESPONDENT WITH HONG KONG PHOENIX TV YOU HAVE MENTIONED THAT THE NUMBER IN CHINA HAS BEEN DECREASING, CHINA HAS MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS IN THE PAST WEEKS I'M WONDERING, HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE DOES THIS GIVE YOU TO CONTROL THE VIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES? AND DO YOU SEE THE DATA CHINA HAS BEEN SHARING WITH THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN HELPFUL? >> President Donald Trump: I THINK IT HAS BEEN HELPFUL WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY MUCH WITH CHINA I'VE SPOKEN, AS YOU KNOW, WITH PRESIDENT XI

THEY WENT THROUGH HELL AND THEIR NUMBERS ARE STARTING TO LOOK VERY GOOD THEY'RE REALLY LOOKING VERY GOOD, WE'RE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT WE ARE SHARING DATA, YES IN FACT, WE'RE SHARING QUITE A BIT OF DATA, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME OF OUR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE WORKING OVER THERE RIGHT NOW WITH LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE

YEAH, GO AHEAD, PLEASE >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT YOU SPOKE WITH CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU YESTERDAY >> President Donald Trump: YES, I DID

>> DID YOU DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL CLOSING OF THE BORDER BETWEEN CANADA AND THE US, AND BY EXTENSION, ARE YOU CONSIDERING WAYS TO SALVAGE THE $2 BILLION DAILY TRADE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES? >> President Donald Trump: SO WE DIDN'T DISCUSS THE BORDER WE'VE HAD A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP JUST ABOUT FINISHED WITH THE USMCA, HE CALLED TO TELL ME THAT

I THINK THAT WAS THE PRIMARY REASON FOR THE CALL AT THE TIME HIS WIFE HAD NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED, SHE'S A WONDERFUL LADY, GREAT LADY, AND SINCE THEN I'VE HEARD THAT THE RESULT WAS THAT SHE HAS IT AND I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED I THINK HE WAS SURPRISED ALSO WE DID DISCUSS IT PRIOR TO

SHE'S GOING TO BE FINE, BUT HE THOUGHT THAT SHE WOULD NOT MOST LIKELY HAVE THE VIRUS, UNFORTUNATELY SHE DOES BUT WE DIDN'T DISCUSS THE BORDER YESTERDAY, NO GO AHEAD, PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR THESE GREAT GENIUSES UP HERE, YOU SHOULD, EVEN A BUSINESS QUESTION, RELATE IT TO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT >> MR

PRESIDENT, ABC NEWS, MIAMI A RELATIVELY NEW FLORIDIAN, WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TODAY TO THE CRUISELINE INDUSTRY AND THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY THAT FLORIDA DEPENDS UPON AND SINCE SENATOR RICK SCOTT AND MIAMI DADE MAYOR CARLOS JIMINEZ HAVE THE SAME EXPOSURE AS YOU ARE AND YOU ARE SELF-ISOLATING, WHAT'S YOUR MESSAGE TO THEM, THEY SHOULDN'T BE? >> President Donald Trump: I DON'T KNOW ABOUT EXPOSURE, BUT I DON'T HAVE THE SYMPTOMS, AND WE HAVE A WHITE HOUSE DOCTOR, MANY DOCTORS FRANKLY, AND I ASKED THEM THAT QUESTION, AND THEY SAID YOU DON'T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER, AND WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS TO GO AND DO THE TEST THE TEST IS NOT INSIGNIFICANT AS FAR AS THE CRUISELINE BUSINESS, WE'RE WITH THEM ALL THE WAY IT'S A GREAT BUSINESS, IT'S A GREAT U

S BUSINESS, FRANKLY AND I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE TO THE COUNTRY THAT INCLUDES AIRLINES, BUT THE CRUISELINE BUSINESS, OBVIOUSLY, WAS HIT VERY HARD WE HAD A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS OUT IN OAKLAND WHERE WE MOVED IT, VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE DID A FANTASTIC JOB WITH THAT

WE WORKED WITH UK, WE WORKED WITH CANADA THEY TOOK THEIR PEOPLE BACK IN CANADA, APPROXIMATELY 600 PEOPLE U

K LIKEWISE TOOK A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BACK TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND WE HAVE PEOPLE QUARANTINED IT WAS A BIG OPERATION AND IT WORKED OUT REALLY — YOU DON'T HEAR ABOUT IT ANYMORE, IT WORKED OUT REALLY WELL MIKE, YOU MAY EVEN WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THAT

THAT WAS REALLY DONE PROPERLY >> WELL, THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT AND THAT PROGRAM, THE GRAND PRINCESS, THE SHIP, IS CONTINUING TO BE ADMINISTERED IN THE HIGHEST STANDARDS, ORDERLY WAY, AS THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED, AND AMERICANS THAT NEEDED TREATMENT HAVE RECEIVED THEM I SPOKE TO THE GOVERNOR OF IOWA TODAY AND SOME OF THOSE WHO NOW HAVE BEEN CLEARED ARE ABLE IN PROPER SUPERVISION TO BE RETURNING TO IOWA, THEY'RE MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THEM TO DO THAT

OTHERS IN TEXAS, OTHERS IN GEORGIA, AGAIN IT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY COOPERATION GOVERNOR ABBOTT, GOVERNOR NEWSOME, GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP OF GEORGIA BUT TO ADD TO THAT, THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED ME LAST SATURDAY TO TRAVEL DOWN TO MIAMI WE MET WITH ALL THE LEADERS OF THE CRUISELINE INDUSTRY SEVERAL CRUISE LINES HAVE ANNOUNCED A 60-DAY PAUSE IN OPERATIONS OUR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS PRAISED THEM FOR DOING THAT BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUE HEALTH CHALLENGES, PARTICULARLY PRESENTED TO SENIORS WITH UNDERLYING CONDITIONS WE HAVE A PROPOSAL FROM THE CRUISELINE INDUSTRY, BUT THEY'RE CURRENTLY CONSIDERING WHAT OTHER STEPS THAT THEY MIGHT TAKE, PERHAPS EVEN SIMILAR TO WHAT THOSE OTHER LINES HAVE TAKEN

WE'RE ANTICIPATING SOME RESPONSE ON THAT IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS, BUT AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CHERISH OUR CRUISELINE INDUSTRY, MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK ON THE SHIPS, MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK ON THE SHORE, ALL THE ECONOMISTS THAT ARE SO BENEFITED BY A VIBRANT CRUISELINE INDUSTRY, WHAT THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED US TO DO IS WHETHER THERE IS A PAUSE IN THE MOMENT, AS SOME CRUISE LINES ARE DOING, AND AS WE ALL CONTINUE TO DISCUSS, WE WANT TO WORK WITH THE CRUISELINE INDUSTRY TO ENSURE THAT WHEN WE COME THROUGH THIS, THAT CRUISELINES AND THE MEDICAL SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE AND FOR THE PASSENGERS AND ALL OF THE CREW THAT THE CRUISE LINES ARE SAVER THAN EVER BEFORE AND CAN PROSPER FOR MANY YEARS TO COME >> President Donald Trump: GO AHEAD, PLEASE >> THIS QUESTION IS FOR DOCTORS FAUCI AND BURKES BASED ON WHAT YOU CURRENTLY KNOW WHAT IS THE TRAJECTORY FOR WHEN THIS OUTBREAK WILL PEAK, HOW LONG WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO REMAIN ON THIS EMERGENCY FOOTING? AND FOR DR BURKES, AS THE ADMINISTRATION TRIES TO GET ITS ARMS AROUND THIS TEST KIT SHORTAGE ISSUE, THE NEXT GLARING ISSUE COULD BE RESPIRATORS AND HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT? WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATION DOING NOW TO RAMP THAT UP? >> SO WHEN YOU HAVE AN OUTBREAK LIKE THIS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU'RE TRYING TO INTERFERE WITH IT, IT'S REALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT THE TIME ELEMENT OF WHEN IT'S GOING TO PEAK AND NATURALLY GO DOWN

IF YOU LOOK AT THE SITUATION WHERE COUNTRIES REALLY DID NOT GET TO THE POINT OF TRYING TO CONTAIN AND MITIGATE VERY WELL, YOU SEE A PEAK OVER SEVERAL WEEKS AND DOWN AGAIN OVER ANOTHER SEVERAL WEEKS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS BLUNT THAT PEAK, AND I MENTIONED IT MANY TIMES, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AND APPROPRIATE FOR ME TO MENTION IT AGAIN, BECAUSE IT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PREVENTING INFECTIONS FROM WITHOUT IN, WHICH IS THE KIND OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, THEN HOW DO YOU HANDLE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR COUNTRY? YOU CONTINUE SOME SORT OF CONTAINMENT BUT YOU ALSO DO MITIGATION AND YOU TRY TO PROPORTION IT TO THE AREAS WHERE THERE ARE THE MOST INFECTIONS THE SUCCESS OF THAT AND HOW MUCH YOU MAKE THIS TURN INTO THIS IS GOING TO GIVE YOU THE A

M OF TIME IF WE'RE SUCCESSFUL, IT WILL BE LESS IF WE'RE NOT SUCCESSFUL, IT'S GOING TO BE MORE BUT THESE KIND OF THINGS GENERALLY RUN OUT IN A FEW MONTHS

HOPEFULLY WE'LL MAKE IT SEVERAL WEEKS, EIGHT, NINE, WHATEVER WEEKS, BUT I CAN'T GIVE YOU A NUMBER BECAUSE IT DEPENDS ON HOW SUCCESSFUL WE ARE >> GREAT, THANK YOU IT'S A GREAT QUESTION, AND DR FAUCI AND I HAVE WORKED TOGETHER A VERY LONG TIME AND CONTINUE TO BE PRIVILEGED TO WORK WITH HIM EVERY DAY SO I THINK YOU CAN LEARN VERY — AND I APPRECIATE THERE WERE SOME GRAPHICS DONE BY SOME OF THE REPORTING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS

IF YOU ALIGN THE DATA FROM CHINA WITH THE DATA WITH SOUTH KOREA, YOU CAN START TO SEE A COMPLETE OVERLAY OF THAT DATA AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRACKING VERY CLOSELY AS WELL AS ITALY BUT YOU HAVE AN EXCELLENT QUESTION I JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE NOTE IN SOUTH KOREA, I WANT TO REPEAT ONLY 4% OF THOSE TESTS WERE POSITIVE THAT MEANS 96% OF THE PEOPLE HAD A DIFFERENT RESPIRATORY DISEASE

BECAUSE WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF FLU SEASON, COLD SEASON, AND ALL OF THE OTHER RESPIRATORY DISEASES THAT WE GET EVERY DAY IN LAB CORE REQUESTS EVERY DAY, THEY'RE RUNNING 1 TO 2% POSITIVE, THAT MEANS WE HAVE A LOT MORE OTHER RESPIRATORY DISEASE OUT THERE BESIDES THE CORONAVIRUS AND THAT'S THE SCREENING IS CRITICAL BUT EVEN WITH THE SCREENING, WE'RE GOING TO RUN WHAT WE THINK ARE VERY LOW RATES NEEDLESS TO SAY, THOUGH, WE'RE TAKING IT EXTRAORDINARILY SERIOUSLY TO PLAN FOR WHAT COULD COME DR

FAUCI TALKED ABOUT BLUNTING THE CURVE THAT MAKES IT MUCH LESS HIGH NEED AT THE PEAK OF THE CURVE THAT WE'RE ALL PLANNING FOR SO WE'RE IN FULL INVENTORY OF ALL OF OUR ASSETS BY THE PRESIDENT UNLOCKING AND THIS EMERGENCY ORDER AND THE SECRETARY OF HHS'S ABILITY, IT UNLOCKS ALL OF THOSE STOCKPILES, THOSE NEEDS, WHAT THE VA HAS, WHAT THE DOD HAS, NATIONAL GUARD AND WHAT EVERY HOSPITAL HAS AND THE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN ALLOWS THEM TO DEFER ELECTIVE ISSUES TO KEEP THOSE HOSPITAL BEDS OPEN FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT NEED IT SO WE'RE IN FULL PLANNING MODE FOR EACH OF THOSE THINGS >> AND I MIGHT ADD THAT WE'RE IN THE PROCESS, AND IN SOME CASES HAVE ALREADY DONE IT, ORDERED A LARGE NUMBER OF RESPIRATORS JUST IN CASE

WE HOPE WE DON'T NEED THEM BUT WE'VE ORDERED A LARGE NUMBER YEAH, GO AHEAD, PLEASE >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR PRESIDENT IN YOUR SPEECH TO THE NATION, YOU MENTION THE SITUATION IN CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA HAVE IMPROVE, AND YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT REMOVE THE RESTRICTIONS, ALSO THE WARNING IN PLACE RIGHT NOW

WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THAT ANNOUNCEMENT AND HOW DO YOU SEE THE OVERALL PROGRESS THAT ASIAN COUNTRIES MADE? >> President Donald Trump: WELL, SOME ARE MAKING PROGRESS, SOME ARE NOT AS YOU KNOW, BUT SOME ARE MAKING PROGRESS, AND AS THEY MAKE PROGRESS, AS THEY GET DOWN TO THE NUMBER WE ALL THINK IS RIGHT, THAT THEY KNOW IS RIGHT, WE KNOW IS RIGHT, WE'LL BE OPENING IT UP AND SOME ARE REALLY MOVING ALONG RAPIDLY WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THINGS UP AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE GO AHEAD, PLEASE GO AHEAD

>> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT I'D LIKE TO ASK SECRETARY AZAR AND DR FAUCI JUST HOW — DR FAUCI, ALL RIGHT

>> President Donald Trump: NOT A HUNDRED PERCENT, BUT 90%, BETTER, BETTER GO AHEAD >> THIS AFFECTS THE ELDERLY, IN THAT SENSE IT'S AN UNUSUAL DISEASE IS THERE ANY SPECIFIC RESEARCH BEING DONE WHY IT AFFECTS OUR SENIOR CITIZENS MORE THAN OTHERS? >> SO I DON'T MEAN TO DIMINISH YOUR QUESTION, BUT WE ALREADY KNOW WHY IT WOULD AFFECT SENIOR CITIZENS MORE, BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ANYTHING THAT REQUIRES A ROBUST IMMUNE SYSTEM, AS YOU GET OLDER, YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS NOT AS POTENT AS IT IS WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG AND THAT'S THE REASON WHY, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT EVEN INFLUENZA, WHICH WE HAVE EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE WITH OVER DECADES AND DECADES, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY VULNERABLE ARE THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WITH UNDERLYING CONDITIONS

THE SAME THING HOLDS TRUE FOR A VARIETY OF OTHER DISEASE WHY CANCER IS MORE PREVALENT IN MOSTLY OLDER INDIVIDUALS, BECAUSE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM THAT SCREENS FOR IT IS LESS ROBUST SO IT REALLY IS SOMETHING THAT IS KIND OF WELL-KNOWN OVER A LOT OF STUDIES >> President Donald Trump: OKAY OEN, PLEASE

>> MR PRESIDENT, THE CHINESE OFFICIALS ARE EXPRESSING SOME TONES OF DISCONTENT WITH HOW — WHERE THE SOURCE OF THIS VIRUS HAS COME FROM AND THEY'RE SPINNING SOME ODD NARRATIVES WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSE TO THE CHINESE OFFICIALS WHO ARE DOING THAT? AND HAVE THEY SIGNALLED ANY KIND OF RESISTANCE TO UPCOMING TRADE TALKS IN RESPONSE TO HOW WE'RE HANDLING THIS VIRUS? >> President Donald Trump: AS FAR AS OUR DEAL WITH CHINA, THEY'RE GOING TO BE BUYING $250 BILLION WORTH OF GOODS AND 50 BILLION FROM OUR FARMERS AND IT'S A GREAT DEAL FOR OUR COUNTRY, IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEBODY DID THAT AND FRANKLY, PHASE TWO WILL START NEGOTIATING I DID READ ONE ARTICLE, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT ARTICLE WAS REPRESENTATIVE, CERTAINLY NOT OF MY CONVERSATIONS WITH PRESIDENT XI

AND THEY KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM WE ALL KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT PBS NEWSHOUR

MY FIRST QUESTION IS YOU SAID YOU DON'T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY BUT YOU DID DISBAND THE WHITE HOUSE PANDEMIC OFFICE AND OFFICIALS THAT WERE WORKING IN THAT OFFICE LEFT THIS ADMINISTRATION ABRUPTLY SO WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU TAKE TO THAT? AND THE OFFICIALS THAT WORKED IN THAT OFFICE SAID THAT THE WHITE HOUSE LOST VALUABLE TIME BECAUSE THAT OFFICE WAS DISBANDED WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT? >> President Donald Trump: WELL, I JUST THINK IT'S A NASTY QUESTION BECAUSE WHAT WE'VE DONE IS, AND TONY HAS SAID NUMEROUS TIMES, THAT WE HAVE SAVED THOUSANDS OF LIVES BECAUSE OF THE QUICK CLOSING, AND WHEN YOU SAY ME, I DIDN'T DO IT WE HAVE A GROUP OF PEOPLE >> YOUR ADMINISTRATION >> President Donald Trump: MY ADMINISTRATION, BUT I COULD PERHAPS ASK TONY ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT

I MEAN, YOU SAY WE DID THAT I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT >> YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE REORGANIZATION THAT HAPPENED AT THE NATIONAL — >> President Donald Trump: THIS ADMINISTRATION, PERHAPS THEY DID THAT LET PEOPLE GO IT USED TO BE WITH A DIFFERENT NEWSPAPER THAN YOU ARE NOW, YOU KNOW THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN

>> BUT THIS — >> President Donald Trump: WE'RE DOING A GREAT JOB LET ME TELL YOU, THESE PROFESSIONALS BEHIND ME AND THESE GREAT, INCREDIBLE DOCTORS AND BUSINESSPEOPLE, THE BEST IN THE WORLD, AND I CAN SAY THAT, WHETHER IT'S RETAILERS OR LABS OR ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY, THESE ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD WE'RE DOING A GREAT JOB WE ARE 40 PEOPLE RIGHT NOW, 40, COMPARE THAT WITH OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE MANY, MANY TIMES THAT AMOUNT AND ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE 40 AND OTHERS HAVE — AND AGAIN THAT NUMBER'S GOING UP, GOSSANS, AND THE NUMBER OF CASES WHICH ARE VERY SMALL RELATIVELY SPEAKING IS GOING UP, BUT WE'VE DONE A GREAT JOB BECAUSE WE ACTED QUICKLY, WE ACTED EARLY

AND THERE'S NOTHING WE COULD HAVE DONE THAT WAS BETTER THAN CLOSING OUR BORDERS TO HIGHLY-INFECTED AREAS PLEASE GO AHEAD >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT NTN 24 FOR LATIN AMERICA COUNTRIES AND ALSO FOR SPAIN

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU TWO VERY BRIEF QUESTIONS ONE, FOR HOW LONG WE GOING TO HAVE THE EMERGENCY, I MEAN THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY? >> President Donald Trump: I HOPE NOT LONG BUT IT'S THERE NOW AND IT GIVES TREMENDOUS POWERS FOR THINGS THAT WE NEED, TREMENDOUS POWER, ACTUALLY AND STAFFORD ACT AND VARIOUS OTHER THINGS WE'RE INVOLVED WITH HAVE STUDIED AND MEMORIZED SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND FORMS, IT GIVES US THE KIND OF POWER WE NEED TO GET RID OF THIS VIRUS AND WE'RE GOING TO DO IT VERY QUICKLY AND I HOPE WE WON'T NEED IT VERY LONG, BUT WHATEVER IT TAKES >> SO FOR NOW WE STILL DON'T KNOW FOR HOW LONG, AND SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT I WANTED TO ASK YOU IS LIKE HOW DO YOU THINK — DO YOU REALLY THINK IT'S ESSENTIAL, COORDINATING WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, AND LEARNING FROM THEIR LESSONS THAT THEY ALREADY SUFFER THESE SAME SITUATION COUNTRIES, OF COURSE LIKE CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA, BUT NOW RECENTLY ITALY AND SPAIN HOW IS THAT COORDINATION DONE? THANK YOU VERY MUCH

>> President Donald Trump: WE'RE IN TOUCH WITH ITALY IT'S A COUNTRY THAT WE LOVE WE HAVE TREMENDOUS — MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ORIGINALLY ORIGINS FROM ITALY, AND WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM THEY ARE IN A VERY — THEY'RE IN PROBABLY RELATIVELY SPEAKING THE TOUGHEST POSITION OF ALL WE'RE IN TOUCH WITH EVERYBODY

WE'RE IN TOUCH WITH, WHEN I SAY EVERYBODY, WE'RE IN TOUCH WITH MANY OF THE COUNTRIES THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT, THAT YOU'RE WRITING ABOUT, AND THEY'RE CALLING US, ASKING FOR ADVICE THEY'RE ASKING FOR THE ADVICE OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME ITALY'S GOT A TOUGH SITUATION, BUT THEY HAVE REALLY CLAMPED DOWN I THINK THEY'RE GOING TO SEE SOME VERY GOOD RESULTS IT'S TOUGH, WHAT THEY DID, THEY REALLY TOOK THEIR MEDICINE, BUT THEY'RE GOING TO SEE SOME MUCH BETTER RESULTS

JEFF? >> THANK YOU, SIR WITH REGARD TO DOMESTIC TRAVEL, SHOULD AMERICANS FEEL SAFE OR SHOULD AMERICANS AT ALL BE TRAVELLING TO STATES SUCH AS WASHINGTON STATE, NEW YORK, AND OTHER HOT SPOTS WITHIN THIS COUNTRY? AND A FOLLOW-UP ON BRAZIL, YOU'RE ASKING PEOPLE WHO COME BACK FROM EUROPE, AMERICANS COMING BACK FROM EUROPE, TO SELF-QUARANTINE FOR A COUPLE WEEKS YOU WERE IN A PICTURE WITH SOMEBODY WHO NOW HAS CORONAVIRUS FROM BRAZIL AT MAR-A-LAGO HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT? >> President Donald Trump: WELL, I TELL YOU, FIRST OF ALL, I'M NOT COMING BACK FROM SOMEPLACE >> BUT YOU WERE EXPOSED

>> President Donald Trump: THERE WERE SOMEBODY THAT THEY SAY HAS IT, I HAVE NO IDEA WHO HE IS, BUT I TAKE PICTURES AND IT LASTS FOR LITERALLY SECONDS I DON'T KNOW THE GENTLEMAN THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, HAVE NO IDEA WHO HE IS I HAVEN'T SEEN THE PICTURE THERE'S A PICTURE OF SOMEBODY, BUT I TAKE SOMETIMES HUNDREDS OF PICTURES A DAY AND THAT NIGHT I WAS TAKING HUNDREDS OF PICTURES SO I JUST DON'T KNOW

NOW, I DID SIT WITH THE PRESIDENT FOR PROBABLY TWO HOURS, BUT HE'S TESTED NEGATIVE SO THAT'S GOOD >> IT'S JUST A MATTER OF — AND THE DOMESTIC — >> President Donald Trump: GO AHEAD, PLEASE I WOULD SAY IF YOU STAY HOME, IT'S NOT BAD IT'S NOT BAD THERE ARE CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY HAVE NO — ZERO PROBLEM

WASHINGTON'S BEEN VERY TOUGH, IN PARTICULAR NURSING HOMES, BUT WASHINGTON, THE STATE OF WASHINGTON HAS BEEN VERY TOUGH IT'S BEEN A BIG PERCENTAGE OF WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE 40 DEATHS, IT'S BEEN A BIG PERCENTAGE OF THE DEATHS, AS YOU KNOW VERY WELL AND THEY ALL CAME FROM A VERY — A CERTAIN AREA, UNFORTUNATELY PLEASE, GO AHEAD GO AHEAD

OKAY >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR PRESIDENT SKY NEWS YOU TALKED THIS WEEK ABOUT THE U

K DOING A GOOD JOB IN TACKLING CORONAVIRUS IN LIGHT OF THE RISING CASES, ARE YOU CHANGING YOUR MIND ABOUT THAT? YOU ALSO JUST SPOKE ABOUT POSSIBLE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS HAVE YOU DISCUSSED WHEN THEY MIGHT BE PUT IN PLACE? >> President Donald Trump: WELL, IN LIGHT OF THE RESULTS, AS WE DISCUSSED BEFORE, IN LIGHT OF THE RESULTS, WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT IT AND I KNOW THE TASK FORCE IS LOOKING AT IT VERY STRONGLY VICE-PRESIDENT, EVERYBODY

IT WAS LOOKING GOOD, BUT THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN BUILDING UP PRETTY RAPIDLY SO WE'LL BE TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT THAT, YES, ABSOLUTELY GO AHEAD, PLEASE >> MR PRESIDENT, THANK YOU I WANT TO FIRST FOLLOW UP ON JEFF'S QUESTION BECAUSE THE PERSON YOU WERE STANDING NEXT TO, WHETHER YOU KNOW WHO HE IS OR NOT, TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

DR FAUCI SAID THIS MORNING, IF YOU STAND NEXT TO SOMEBODY WHO TESTED POSITIVE, YOU SHOULD SELF-ISOLATE AND GET A TEST YOU SAY YOUR WHITE HOUSE DOCTOR IS TELLING YOU SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHO SHOULD AMERICANS LISTEN TO? AND MY SECOND QUESTION — >> President Donald Trump: I THINK THEY HAVE TO LISTEN TO THEIR DOCTORS, AND I THINK THEY SHOULDN'T BE JUMPING TO GET THE TEST UNLESS IT'S NECESSARY BUT I THINK THEY HAVE TO LISTEN TO THEIR DOCTORS

I DON'T KNOW — I HAVEN'T SEEN THE PICTURE, SOMEBODY SAID THERE'S A PICTURE WITH SOMEBODY TALKING A PICTURE WITH ME BUT I HAVEN'T SEEN IT >> DOCTORS HAVE SAID YOU MIGHT HAVE IT EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T HAVE SYMPTOMS ARE YOU BEING SELFISH BY NOT GETTING TESTED — >> President Donald Trump: I DIDN'T SAY I WASN'T GOING TO BE TESTED >> ARE YOU GOING TO BE? >> President Donald Trump: MOST LIKELY, YEAH, NOT FOR THAT REASON, BUT I THINK I WILL DO IT ANYWAY >> WILL YOU LET US KNOW THE RESULTS? >> President Donald Trump: WE'RE WORKING OUT A SCHEDULE

GO AHEAD, PLEASE >> I HAVE A FOLLOW-UP >> President Donald Trump: GO AHEAD >> I KNOW THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT TESTING, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE CLEAR, THOUGH, BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN HEARING FROM DOCTORS WHO SAY AS OF TODAY, THEY STILL CAN'T GET PATIENTS TESTED WHO NEED A TEST SO AS OF TODAY, CAN EVERYONE WHO A DOCTOR WANTS TO HAVE TESTED GET TESTED AND IF NOT, WHEN? >> President Donald Trump: THAT'S BEEN TRUE FOR A WHILE BUT I'LL LET MIKE

WHY DON'T YOU ANSWER THAT, MIKE >> WELL, AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, AND DR FAUCI HAS ARTICULATED, THE NATURE OF OUR CURRENT SYSTEM WHERE THE CDC HAS SAMPLES SENT AND TESTS ARE PERFORMED OR STATE LABS PERFORM TESTS, IN SOME CASES UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITAL LABS PERFORM TESTS, IT'S GENERALLY ADEQUATE FOR AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OR FOR PEOPLE GETTING IT DIAGNOSTIC WORK DONE, BUT GIVEN THE SHEER SCALE OF THIS, THE PRESIDENT TASKED US WITH BRINGING TOGETHER THIS EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TODAY, BY SOME ESTIMATES, WHEN YOU ADD ALL THE LABS TOGETHER, AND TODAY, THE PRESIDENT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY, AND THEY'RE STATE LABS, TO AUTHORIZE LABS ACROSS THEIR STATE TO DO CORONAVIRUS TESTING WE'RE ESTIMATING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 15 AND 20,000 TESTS A DAY ARE ABLE TO BE PERFORMED

BUT VERY SOON, WITH THE PROGRAM THAT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY, AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT ONE OF THE SITES CLOSEST TO THEM AS DESCRIBED ON THE WEBSITE, IF THEY'RE SYMPTOMATIC, IF THE QUESTIONNAIRE INDICATES IT, BE ABLE TO HAVE A TEST THERE, AND THESE INCREDIBLE COMPANIES WILL PROCESS THE TEST AND THEY'LL RECEIVE THAT INFORMATION BUT FOR NOW, THE BEST ADVICE THAT WE CAN GIVE FOR PEOPLE IS TO SPEAK TO THEIR DOCTOR AS THE PRESIDENT JUST SAID AND IF THE DOCTOR INDICATES THAT PHYSICIAN, IF IT'S NOT A UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OR OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED LAB CAN CONTACT THE STATE LAB, AND AGAIN, EVERY STATE LAB IN THE COUNTRY CAN PERFORM TESTS TODAY BUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT CHARGED US WITH, WHEN I WAS TASKED TO TAKE OVER THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE, WAS OPEN UP TESTS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE PRESIDENT SAID A FEW DAYS AGO THAT WE MADE IT CLEAR THAT ANY AMERICAN THAT WANTED TO GET A TEST WOULD BE ABLE TO CLINICALLY TO GET A TEST BECAUSE I LITERALLY HEARD FROM THE GOVERNOR OF WASHINGTON STATE WHO SAID THE DOCTORS IN WASHINGTON STATE WERE SAYING THAT IF YOU'RE ONLY MILDLY SYMPTOMATIC, THEY WOULD NOT ORDER A TEST

AND FORTUNATELY, THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED CDC TO CLARIFY THAT NOW, ANYONE IN CONSULTATION WITH THEIR PHYSICIAN REGARDLESS OF THEIR SYMPTOMS CAN REQUEST A TEST AND THEIR DOCTORS WILL CONTACT THOSE AGENCIES, THOSE LABS IN THEIR AT A TIME, BUT VERY SOON AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO THESE DRIVE-IN SITES AND BE ABLE TO OBTAIN AND PARTICIPATE IN A TEST DR BIRX, IS THERE MORE TO AMPLIFY THAT? >> NO, I THINK THAT'S PERFECTLY SAID

JUST TO REVIEW ONE MORE TIME ABOUT THE TESTING WITH LAB CORE AND QUEST, I THINK MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN TO DOCTOR'S OFFICE AND SEEN THE LITTLE BOXES OUTSIDE WHAT THEY DO IS DELIVER BOTH THE SPECIMEN COLLECTION PIECE, BECAUSE REMEMBER IT'S A NASAL SWAB, IT'S NOT A TUBE OF BLOOD, SO THEY HAVE DELIVERED THAT TO DOCTOR'S OFFICES AND HOSPITALS AND THEN THEY WILL ARRANGE TO PICK THAT UP THE IMPORTANT PIECE IN THIS ALL IS THEY HAVE GONE FROM A MACHINE THAT MAY HAVE A LOWER THROUGHPUT TO THE POTENTIAL TO HAVE AUTOMATED EXTRACTION, I KNOW YOU DON'T WANT DETAILS, IT'S AN AUTOMATED EXTRACTION OF THE RNA THAT THEN RUNS IN AN AUTOMATED WAY ON THE MACHINE WITH NO ONE TOUCHING IT AND THE RESULT COMES OUT AT THE OTHER END SAMPLE TO MACHINE TO RESULTS

THAT CUTS OUT A LOT OF THE MANUAL PIECES THAT WERE HAPPENING DELAYING THE TEST RESULTS >> WITH THAT, WHAT'S THE TIMELINE LIKE FROM WHEN YOU'RE TESTED TO WHEN YOU GET RESULTS, NEXT WEEK WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE EXPECT? >> WITH PRIOR TESTING IT WAS TAKING SEVERAL DAYS BECAUSE THE TEST IS SLOWER WE BELIEVE, WITH THIS TEST, BECAUSE OF ITS THROUGHPUT, THAT THE TESTING CAN BE FROM START, REMEMBER IT HAS TO TRANSPORT, TO THE LABORATORY, THAT WILL RUN IT, AND THEN WE'RE HOPING THAT ALL CAN BE FINISHED WITHIN 24 HOURS, WHICH IS VERY SIMILAR TO OTHER TESTS THAT YOU RECEIVE TODAY THESE ARE NOT POINT OF CARE TESTS WE ARE WORKING ON POINT OF CARE TESTS, BUT WE HAVE TO REALIZE POINT OF CARE TESTS TAKE SIX MONTHS OR MORE TO DEVELOP

SO WE'RE NOT WAITING FOR THOSE, WE'RE STILL DIAGNOSING THIS ON NUECLEIC ACID NUCLEAIC ACID >> President Donald Trump: GAVYN NEW COM, NEWCOMBF CALIFORNIA, WE WORKED ON A LOT OF THINGS HAVING TO DO WITH THIS, AND REALLY THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WE HAVE, I CAN'T THINK OF A BAD RELATIONSHIP WE'RE HELPING THEM WE'RE FUNDING THEM IN SOME CASES DEPENDING WHAT IT IS YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT AND WE'RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER VERY CLOSELY SO WE'VE DONE REALLY I THINK A TREMENDOUS JOB OF TEAMWORK WITH THE DIFFERENT STATES

ONE OR TWO MORE AND IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR THESE FOLKS — DOES ANYBODY HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE FOLKS UP HERE? WHO HAS A QUESTION UP HERE? YOU HAVE, OKAY, GO AHEAD, IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, GO AHEAD >> THANK YOU PVR I HAVE ONE FOR YOU AS WELL >> President Donald Trump: I THOUGHT SO I KNEW YOU WOULD

I WAS WAITING FOR THAT GO AHEAD >> I HAVEN'T — >> President Donald Trump: ASK THEM FIRST, PLEASE >> YES, I WILL WITH REGARDS TO THE CEOs, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US WHEN YOU EXPECT TO SEE ITEMS LIKE HAND SANITIZER, THAT HAVE BEEN GOING OUT OF STOCK VERY QUICKLY, BACK ON THE SHELVES? THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF REPORTS ABOUT THAT

AND FOR YOU, MR PRESIDENT, COULD YOU TALK ABOUT A POTENTIAL BAIL-OUT FOR THE CRUISE INDUSTRY? YOU HAD SUGGESTED THAT COULD HAPPEN IS THAT SENTENCING YOU'RE STILL LOOKING AT AND HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BE? >> President Donald Trump: I DIDN'T SUGGEST THAT IT COULD HAPPEN, BUT I CAN TELL YOU IT'S AN INDUSTRY THAT WAS VERY BADLY IMPACTED BY WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE VIRUS AND IT'S A GREAT INDUSTRY, IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT INDUSTRY AND WE WILL BE HELPING THEM, AND WE WILL BE HELPING THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY, IF WE HAVE TO

ASSUMING WE HAVE TO SO FAR PEOPLE HAVEN'T BEEN ASKING BUT IF THEY SHOULD BE ASKING, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR AIRLINES ARE VERY STRONG AND THEN ONE DAY AND ONE DAY ALL OF A SUDDEN WASN'T LOOKING SO GOOD INTERESTINGLY, I WAS TALKING TO DOUG, AND THE NUMBERS THEY'RE DOING FROM THE RETAILING STANDPOINT, I GUESS BECAUSE OF THIS, IT'S LIKE THE OPPOSITE, ALL OF YOU, YOU'VE BEEN SELLING A LOT OF STUFF DO YOU WANT TO ANSWER THE QUESTION AS TO THE HAND SANITIZERS? >> SPECIFICALLY, THE AREAS WHERE WE'RE SEEING PRESSURE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN ARE SURFACE CLEANERS, CLEANING SUPPLIES, PAPER GOODS IN PARTICULAR, HAND SANITIZE CERTIFICATE GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO HAVE A HUNDRED PERCENT ON STOCK FOR SOME TIME WE'RE REPLENISHING AND SHIPPING IT, BUT AS SOON AS IT HITS THE STORES, IT'S GONE

RETAILERS ARE WORKING HAND-IN-HAND WITH SUPPLIERS TO BRING THAT TO THE MARKET AS FAST AS WE CAN >> WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR AMERICANS SEEKING THOSE ITEMS, WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE, THEY'RE SELLING OUT ONLINE, IN STORES >> I THINK THIS TEAM HAS GIVEN YOU OTHER EXAMPLES OF WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THIS VIRUS, AND YOU SHOULD LOOK AT THE ENTIRE LIST >> OBVIOUSLY IT SOUNDS VERY SIMPLISTIC BUT WASH YOUR HANDS AS ON AS YOU CAN I KNOW YOU'RE NOT ALWAYS IN A POSITION TO WASH YOUR HANDS BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE ALCOHOL WIPES, TRY AND GET THEM

IF YOU DON'T, TRY AS BEST AS POSSIBLE TO DO IT DO THE BEST YOU CAN >> JUST GENERAL PREPAREDNESS YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS, YOU WANT TO KEEP DISTANCE FROM PEOPLE, AND IF YOU'RE AROUND SOMEONE SICK, KEEP AWAY FROM THEM BASIC, BASIC PUBLIC HEALTH

THESE GUYS ARE SELLING A LOT OF TOILET PAPER TONY, DO YOU HAVE SOME GUIDANCE THAT TOILET PAPER IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE PROTECTION AGAINST CORONAVIRUS? THEY'RE SELLING OUT BUT SOAP AND WATER HOT WATER, SOAP, 20 SECONDS, THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT >> President Donald Trump: OKAY, ONE MORE, GO AHEAD

OVER HERE, BEHIND YOU BEHIND YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR PRESIDENT YOU HAVE A GREAT TEAM, OF COURSE

>> President Donald Trump: THAT'S TRUE, THANK YOU >> MY QUESTION, MR PRESIDENT, ARE YOU HAPPY FROM THE CHINESE RESPONSE, WHAT CORRECTLY REALLY TOLD YOU WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THOSE DAYS? AND SECOND, PRIME MINISTER MODI, OR INDIA, HAVE CLOSED BORDERS UNTIL APRIL 15th IF YOU HAVE SPOKEN WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AND IF THEY HAVE NEEDED ANY HELP

AND FINALLY, SIR, ANY MESSAGE FOR THE SMALL BUSINESSES? BECAUSE THEY ARE LOSING SOME BUSINESSES BECAUSE OF THIS THANK YOU, SIR >> President Donald Trump: WELL, ON SMALL BUSINESSES, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IS NOW STACKED WITH MONEY TO HELP THEM, AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THE MONEY READILY AVAILABLE IF THEY NEED IT, SMALL BUSINESSES WE HAD A GREAT TIME IN INDIA, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE TWO DAYS, AND HE'S A GREAT FRIEND OF MINE, HE'S A FRIEND OF HIS PEOPLE, BECAUSE HE WAS GREETED INCREDIBLY WARMLY AS WAS I IN THAT STADIUM, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE EVENT AND I LOVED BEING WITH HIM, SO SAY HELLO TO HIM BUT WE TALKED ABOUT EVERYTHING, WE TALKED ABOUT FAR MORE THAN JUST BORDERS AND AS FAR AS PRESIDENT XI, LIKEWISE, HE'S A FRIEND OF MINE

I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE DEALING IN GOOD FAITH, THAT WE JUST WORK TO, AS YOU KNOW, AS I JUST SAID, WE JUST WORKED AN INCREDIBLE DEAL, BIG DEAL, ONE OF THE BIGGEST DEALS EVER MADE OF ANY KIND, BIG EVEN BY THE STANDARDS OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE HERE THAT DEAL WITH CHINA BUT I THINK THAT THEY WANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THINGS ALSO WE'RE WORKING, OUR DRUG COMPANIES, OUR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH CHINA, AND WITH INDIA, AS YOU KNOW, AND WITH ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND THEY'RE ALL OVER THE WORLD THESE ARE MAGNIFICENT COMPANIES THAT ARE VERY, VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND WE'RE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE THEM, BECAUSE I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO COME UP WITH, WHETHER IT'S THERAPEUTIC OR WHETHER IT'S JUST HELP, HELPING GETTING BETTER, AND THEN ULTIMATELY A VACCINE WHICH TAKES A LITTLE BIT LONGER BECAUSE OF THE TEST PERIODS AND A COUPLE OF OTHER REASONS, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE IT VERY QUICKLY, BECAUSE OF THE GREAT KNOWLEDGE, AND THEY'LL HAVE IT VERY QUICKLY THEY MADE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PROGRESS

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH WE APPRECIATE IT THANK YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> THAT WAS U

S PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AS WELL AS VICE-PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND A NUMBER OF OFFICIALS AS WELL AS BUSINESSMEN AND WOMEN ADDRESSING REPORTERS TODAY THE PRESIDENT HAS DECLARED A NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE UNITED STATES WHERE THE CORONAVIRUS IS CONCERNED HE SAYS THAT FREES UP A LOT OF MONEY, ADDITIONAL MONEY TO HELP ADDRESS SOME OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE VIRUS' SPREAD HE ALSO ANNOUNCED SOME CHANGES TO THE WAY TESTING CAN BE DONE

HE SAYS, HE CLAIMS THAT THAT WILL EXPEDITE THE PROCESS AND ALLOW MORE PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE TESTED TO GET TESTED HOWEVER, TESTING HAS BEEN A HUGE PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES SO FAR THE RATE AT WHICH THOSE TESTS ARE GETTING DONE IS FAR SLOWER THAN OTHER COUNTRIES, FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE IN SOUTH KOREA I WANT TO GO THROUGH SOME OF WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID AND THEN, OF COURSE, BRING YOU UP TO SPEED ON WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY THIS IS AN EXTENDED EDITION OF "POWER & POLITICS" AND I'M VASSY KAPELOS

I WANT TO BRING IN AARON BLAKE, SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER WITH THE WASHINGTON POST AS WELL AS THE CBC'S OWN KATIE SIMPSON HI TO BOTH OF YOU THANKS FOR BEING WITH US I KNOW YOU WERE LISTENING THROUGH ALL OF THAT AARON, I'M GOING TO START WITH YOU

FIRST OF ALL, ON THE DECLARATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY WHAT EXACTLY DOES THAT MEAN? >> WELL, BASICALLY, IT FREES UP $50 BILLION OF GOVERNMENT MONEY TO GO TOWARDS THESE EFFORTS WITHOUT HAVING TO HAVE CONGRESS PASS A BILL IT ALSO STREAM LINES SOME OF THE PROCEDURES AS FAR AS TESTING, AS FAR AS GETTING THINGS CLEARED BEFORE THEY CAN BE DEPLOYED YOU KNOW, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A VERY SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING THAT ISN'T INVOKED VERY OFTEN THE PRESIDENT DID INVOKE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY LAST YEAR FOR THE BORDER WALL, TO BUILD A BORDER WALL

THAT WAS CONTROVERSIAL, OF COURSE I THINK THIS IS MUCH LESS LIKELY TO BE CONTROVERSIAL BECAUSE THERE IS A BIPARTISAN CONCERN OBVIOUSLY WITH THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS THE QUESTION I THINK FROM THERE IS HOW MUCH THAT FREEDOM IS NOW USED TO ACTUALLY DO THINGS THAT ARE PRODUCTIVE >> KATIE, ON THE SUBJECT OF SORT OF MONEY AND THE IDEA OF TESTING AND ALL THE STUFF THAT THE PRESIDENT CLAIMS WILL HAPPEN NOW, HE ALSO GOT A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS OWN EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT THAT AND THEN ALSO EXPAND A BIT ON WHAT HE SAID

HE SAID THAT ESSENTIALLY, I THINK, HE WILL BE GETTING A TEST, IT HASN'T BEEN SCHEDULED YET, BUT IT WAS SORT OF A SURPRISE ANSWER >> WELL, IT LEADS TO A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MESSAGE THAT IS COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND IT HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY INCONSISTENT THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS AND THAT RELATES TO TESTING IN THE UNITED STATES WHETHER THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO GET A TEST, WHETHER THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE SELF-ISOLATING BECAUSE HE MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED IN SOME PLACES

LET'S START WITH TESTING BECAUSE THAT IS THE MOST URGENT CONCERN IN THE UNITED STATES RIGHT HERE AS YOU MENTION, THE UNITED STATES LAGS BEHIND A NUMBER OF OTHER COUNTRIES, EVEN LAGS BEHIND CANADA RIGHT NOW IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TESTED OR THE NUMBER OF TESTS THAT THEY ARE AWARE OF PRIVATE LABS DON'T HAVE REPORT NUMBERS SO IT'S REALLY HARD TO GAUGE A SENSE OF WHAT'S GOING ON DOWN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES DR ANTHONY FAUCI, LEADING PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT, AT THAT NEWS CONFERENCE AND WHO'S REALLY BEEN SEEN AS A LEADING VOICE FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITY THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, YESTERDAY DESCRIBED THE TESTING SYSTEM AND THE WAY IT SORT OF ROLLED OUT AS A FAILING

AND DONALD TRUMP WAS ASKED TODAY WHETHER HE TAKES RESPONSIBILITY TORE THAT AND HE VERY CLEARLY SAID "NO" BUT THERE HAVE BEEN PROBLEM WITH THE TESTING, TESTS NOT ROLLED OUT FAST ENOUGH, THE CDC, THE TEST THEY DEVELOPED HAD PROBLEMS WITH IT AND WHEN IT DID ROLL OUT, IT WAS NOT GIVING RELIABLE ANSWERS SO THERE'S A SERIES OF PROBLEMS AFTER PROBLEMS, BUREAUCRATIC REGULATION SO THE TESTING NEEDING TO HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES TO GET A SENSE OF HOW WIDESPREAD THIS VIRUS IS, IT HASN'T BEEN HAPPENING SO AT TODAY'S NEWS CONFERENCE WE DID HEAR A NUMBER OF MEASURES BEING TAKEN BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO TRY AND COMBAT THAT ANNOUNCING THAT THEY'RE PARTNERING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO EXPAND HOW MANY FACILITIES CAN DO THE TESTING, WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO AND GET THE TESTING, OTHERS SETTING UP AN ONLINE WEBSITE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GO AND DO A SURVEY AND FIND OUT THESE ARE THE SYMPTOMS I HAVE, FILL OUT A SURVEY, DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THEY NEED TO GO AND GET A TEST, AND THEN THE WEBSITE WILL — IS SUPPOSED TO, THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY THE PLAN IS, SUPPOSED TO DIRECT THEM PERHAPS TO A DRIVE-THROUGH LOCATION TO GET A TEST THEY'RE EXPANDING THE NUMBER OF DRIVE-THROUGH TEST LOCATIONS WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO TO REALLY SEE IF THIS IS AN ISSUE BUT THEN DONALD TRUMP HAS SAID IN THE PAST ANYONE — ACTUALLY SAID IT ON MARCH 6th, I CAN TELL YOU EXACTLY THE DAY, MARCH 6th, HE TOURS THE CENTRES FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND STANDS IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS AND SAYS ANYONE WHO WANTS A TEST CAN GET A TEST, HE GOES ON TO DESCRIBE THEM AS BEAUTIFUL TESTS

PEOPLE HEARD THAT INFORMATION AND WENT TO GO AND GET TESTED WHEN THEY HAD SYMPTOMS AND WHEN THEY WENT TO THEIR DOCTOR OR WENT TO THEIR EMERGENCY FACILITY, A NUMBER OF THOSE PATIENTS WHO HAVE BEEN SPEAKING VERY PUBLICLY, I INTERVIEWED ONE THIS WEEK, HAD SAID, AND NUMBER OF OTHER NEWS OUTLETS HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWING THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE HAVING THESE STORIES WHO SAY THEY HEARD THE PRESIDENT, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAY, HEY, WE CAN GET A TEST, OKAY, I'M NOT FEELING WELL, I SHOULD JUST BE CAUTIOUS AND GO AND GET A TEST TO MAKE SURE I'M NOT CARRYING THIS, I DON'T HAVE THIS, AND THEN WHEN THEY WENT TO THEIR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, THEY COULDN'T GET THAT TEST, THAT'S A CONSISTENT PROBLEM DOWN HERE AND SO THE PRESIDENT TODAY SAID HE CHANGED HIS TONE, HE SAID WE DON'T WANT EVERYBODY TO GO GET A TEST THAT'S NECESSARY OR NOT NECESSARY AND THEN WHEN HE WAS ASKED WHETHER HE'S GOING TO GET A TEST, I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS, I MIGHT GET A TEST BECAUSE I MIGHT GET A TEST >> GOWN, AARON, A LITTLE BIT OF MIXED MESSAGING, I GUESS, TO PUT IT MILDLY — AGAIN, AARON CAN YOU, FROM YOUR VANTAGE POINT, TELL US SOME OF THE, I GUESS, CONCERNS WHERE THE ADMINISTRATION'S HANDLING OF THIS IS CONCERNING AND WHAT THE WIDER POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACTS OF THOSE CONCERNS ARE? >> YES, SO I THINK KATIE'S EXACTLY RIGHT TO FOCUS ON THE TESTING ASPECT THIS WAS A BIG DEVELOPMENT THIS WEEK

THE HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE IN SOME CASES KIND OF DANCED AROUND THE IDEA THAT THIS IS A FAILING DR FAUCI ON THURSDAY REALLY DROVE HOME THAT THIS WAS IN FACT A FAILING HE SAID THIS IS A FAILING, LET'S JUST ADMIT IT THE QUESTION FROM THERE IS WHAT IS SUCCESS LOOKING LIKE? THEY'RE CLEARLY TRYING TO DEPLOY MORE TESTS BUT WE ALSO SAW IN THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS HERE THAT HE IS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SYMPTOMATIC TO NOT GET TESTED

HE ALSO SAID THAT THERE WOULD BE FIVE MILLION OF THESE TESTS ROLLED OUT IN THE NEXT MONTH HERE BUT HE SAID THAT, AND I THINK THIS WAS A QUOTE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO NEED THAT MANY THE COMMON THREAD HERE THROUGHOUT THE RESERVATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT'S HANDLING OF THIS IS ALMOST INCESSANT DESIRE TO DOWNPLAY THIS I THINK HE USES IN CERTAIN WAYS AS A REFLECTION OF HIS OWN PRESIDENCY, HE'S CERTAINLY WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACT IT WILL HAVE ON THE STOCK MARKET WHICH HAS PLUMMETED AND NOW ACTUALLY RECOVERED QUITE A BIT TODAY BUT, YOU KNOW, EVEN TODAY, AS WE'RE NOW TALKING ABOUT NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY, WE SAW THE PRESIDENT AT CERTAIN POINTS DURING THIS PRESS CONFERENCE DOWNPLAY THIS, SUGGEST THAT MAYBE IT WON'T GET AS BAD AS HEALTH OFFICIALS WHO ARE STANDING AROUND HIM INDICATED THAT IT MIGHT AND YOU WONDER IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT A FEW PEOPLE AROUND HIM ARE TRYING TO GET THROUGH TO HIM AND PERHAPS CAN'T GET HIM TO SIGN ON TO

>> A LOT TO WATCH FOR I REALLY APPRECIATE BOTH OF YOU BEING WITH US THIS EVENING THANKS TO KATIE SIMPSON AND AARON BLAKE >>> MEANWHILE, I WANT TO UPDATE THINGS HERE IN CANADA PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAID THIS MORNING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING TIGHTENING THE BORDER TO SOME INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS

EARLIER THIS WEEK, US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S RESPONSE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT WAS TO SUSPEND TRAVEL FROM EUROPE TO THE US MORE THAN 183 CANADIANS ARE CONFIRMED TO HAVE CORONAVIRUS, BUT IS RESTRICTING TRAVEL ESSENTIAL TO CONTROLLING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS? TODAY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCED AN INTERNATIONAL FUND THAT ALLOWS INSTITUTIONS AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS ALL OVER THE WORLD TO CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL RESPONSE EFFORTS

BRUCE HALLWARD IS THE ORGANIZATION'S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL JOINING US BY SKYPE FROM GENEVA HI THERE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR MAKING TIME FOR US REALLY APPRECIATE IT >> GOOD EVENING

>> CAN I START BY ASKING YOU JUST A MORE GENERAL QUESTION, SIR, ABOUT THE STATE OF THE VIRUS RIGHT NOW I NOTE THAT THE 5,000 MARK WAS HIT BUT ALSO THAT THE PRONOUNCEMENT WAS MADE THAT THE EPICENTER MOVED AWAY FROM CHINA HOW DO YOU INTERPRET — HOW SHOULD WE, RATHER, INTERPRET THAT? >> WELL, WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS THE MARCH OF THIS VIRUS ACROSS THE PLANET AND AS WE SAW FROM THIS FIRST SPREAD OUT OF WUHAN AND RIGHT ACROSS CHINA VERY QUICKLY, 23 DAYS TO INFECT ALL OF THE PROVINCES, IT WAS CLEAR THAT THIS WAS GOING TO CONTINUE TO MOVE SO I THINK WHAT WE SAW IN ASIA IS NOW BEING REPLICATED IN EUROPE AND THERE'S NO REASON WE SHOULD NOT SEE IT CONTINUE TO MOVE UNLESS THERE'S SOME VERY, VERY STRONG CONTROL MEASURES IN PLACE TO TRY AND CONTAIN THE VIRUS AND TAKE SOME OF THE HEAT OUT OF THIS OUTBREAK >> DR

AYLWARD, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT STRONG CONTAINMENT MEASURES, WHAT SPECIFICALLY ARE YOU REFERRING TO? >> WELL, THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT YOU HAVE TO TEST TO KNOW ALL OF THE SUSPECTED CASES, POPULATION HAS TO KNOW WHAT THE DISEASE IS, THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS AND TESTED VERY, VERY QUICKLY, AND THEN IF THEY'RE POSITIVE, YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO ISOLATE THEM AND IDENTIFY THEIR CLOSEST CONTACTS AND QUARANTINE THEM THIS VIRUS CAN ONLY SURVIVE IN HUMANS, IT HAS TO GET ONE FROM ONE TO ANOTHER, SO THE GOAL IS FIND IT FAST, BREAK THE TRANSMISSION CHAINS THAT'S HOW CHINA TURNED THIS AROUND AND SOME OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES THAT ARE DOING THE SAME >> WHEN IT COMES TO TESTING, WHAT IS IMPORTANT? IS IT THE SPEED OF IT, IS IT THE NUMBER OF THEM AVAILABLE, THERE'S LOTS OF QUESTIONS HERE RIGHT NOW THAT ARE SORT OF CENTRES BEING SET UP OUTSIDE OF HOSPITAL SETTINGS SO THAT YOU CAN EITHER GO DIRECTLY THERE, BECAUSE THE WAITS ON TELEHEALTH ARE SO LONG WHAT SHOULD THE IDEAL TESTING SCENARIO LOOK LIKE? >> THERE'S NOT AN IDEAL NUMBER

THE NUMBER IS ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN TEST ALL OF YOUR SUSPECTED CASES RAPIDLY THERE'S NO POINT IN JUST TESTING EVERYBODY FOR THIS VIRUS BECAUSE IT MAKES ITSELF MANIFEST IN ILLNESS IN PEOPLE SO YOU WANT TO HAVE ENOUGH TESTS AVAILABLE FOR THAT PURPOSE AND YOU WANT TO TEST PEOPLE FAST REMEMBER, AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE WANDERING AROUND SICK, THEY'RE SPREADING THE VIRUS, NEW TRANSMISSION CHAINS ARE STARTING AND MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET SICK AND MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE SO THE GOAL IS TO FIND THE VIRUS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, THE SICK PEOPLE THAT MEANS MAKING SURE THE POPULATION KNOW WHAT THE DISEASE IS, KNOW THEY CAN GET TESTED AND GET A RAPID TEST AND ACT ON THAT TEST QUICKLY

>> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE CANADIAN CONTEXT FIRST, SOMETHING A LOT OF CANADIANS ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY CERTAINLY THAT THE PRIME MINISTER IS IN ISOLATION FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS HE SAYS, AS A PRECAUTION, BECAUSE HIS WIFE, OF COURSE, HAS BEEN — >> QUARANTINED, I'M SORRY, YES >> I THINK THEY USE THE WORD INTERCHANGEABLY YES, QUARANTINE >> THEY'RE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE

>> WELL, I'VE HEARD BOTH FROM THIS TELL ME WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS THEN >> ISOLATE YOUR CASES, I'M SORRY TO JUMP IN, VASSY, YOU ISOLATE YOUR CASES SO THAT THEY WON'T COME IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE ELSE, WON'T SPREAD THE VIRUS BECAUSE THEY'RE INFECTED AND YOU KNOW THEY HAVE THE VIRUS WITH YOUR CONTACTS, YOU QUARANTINE THOSE BECAUSE THEY'RE UNDER OBSERVATION TO SEE IF THEY ACTUALLY HAVE THE VIRUS BECAUSE WHAT WE SAW IN CHINA WAS 5 TO 10% OF THESE CLOSE CONTACTS ACTUALLY DEVELOPED CASES SO YOU WANT TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THEM BUT THAT'S A DIFFERENT PHENOMENA THAN ISOLATING, TREATING, MANAGING CASES

>> GOTCHA IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S CASE THEN, HE SAYS THAT HE'S NOT GETTING A TEST ON THE ADVICE OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS BECAUSE HE'S NOT SHOWING SYMPTOMS CAN YOU EXPLAIN A BIT ABOUT THE SYMPTOMATIC PORTION OF THIS? I THINK A NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED, CAN I HAVE IT IF I'M NOT SHOWING SYMPTOMS, CAN I TRANSMIT IT IF I'M SHOWING SYMPTOMS, THAT KIND OF THING >> YEAH IT SOUNDS LIKE THE PRIME MINISTER COULD EXPLAIN IT JUST AS WELL AS I CAN

BECAUSE HE'S RIGHT WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE DISEASE LIKE THIS IS YOU GET INFECTED AND THEN YOU HAVE WHAT'S CALLED AN INCUBATION PERIOD, THAT'S THE PERIOD IN WHICH THE VIRUS LET'S SAY TAKING HOLD IN YOUR BODY AND THEN YOU BECOME INFECTIOUS NOW IN THIS DISEASE, YOU BECOME INFECTIOUS MEANING YOU CAN PASS IT ON TO SOMEBODY ELSE, A VERY SHORT TIME BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY DEVELOP SYMPTOMS IT MAY BE THE SAME DAY YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, THE DAY BEFORE MAYBE, BUT NOT MUCH BEFORE AND THEN WHILE YOU'RE SICK WITH THE DISEASE, YOU CAN ALSO YOU'LL BE SHEDDING THE VIRUS AND YOU'RE STILL INFECTIOUS, OTHER PEOPLE CAN GET IT FROM YOU

SO THE TRICK IS TO FIND PEOPLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE ONCE THEY BECOME SICK AND THEN TRY TO GET THEM ISOLATED AS WE TALKED ABOUT AND IN THE CASE OF THE PRIME MINISTER, WHAT HE WAS EXPLAINING WAS I MAY OR MAY NOT BE INCUBATING THE VIRUS BUT AT THIS POINT, WE DON'T KNOW AND IF YOU DO A TEST, IT WILL PROBABLY BE NEGATIVE AND GIVE ME A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY SO ONLY IF I START TO DEVELOP SYMPTOMS BUT EVEN BECAUSE HOWEVER THE PRIME MINISTER RECOGNIZES HE COULD BE INFECTIOUS, EVEN BEFORE HE DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS, BECAUSE OF THAT, HE'S PLAYING IT SAFE AND HE'S IN QUARANTINE AND BEING A GOOD CITIZEN FRANKLY >> I HAVE LESS THAN A MINUTE LEFT, DR AYLWARD I'M WONDERING WHERE CONTAINMENT MEASURES ARE CONCERNED, SOME EXTRA RESTRICTIVE MEASURES WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY HERE, PARTICULARLY WHERE INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS ARE CONCERNED

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE WHERE TRAVEL IS CONCERNED AND WHERE THE BORDER IS AS WELL? >> WELL, AT WHO, WE DON'T RECOMMEND ANY RESTRICTIONS ON TRADE AND TRAVEL BECAUSE, AS YOU'VE SEEN IN CANADA, THE VIRUS GETS INTO THE COUNTRY ANYWAY THE KEY THING IS BEING ABLE TO FIND IT VERY, VERY QUICKLY

CONTAIN THE CASES LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT OR ISOLATE THEM AND THEN QUARANTINE THE CONTACTS SO GENERALLY, FRANKLY, THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS DON'T WORK, THEY BECOME A BIG DISTRACTION, THEY CAUSE ALL SORTS OF OTHER PROBLEMS >> OKAY I'M GOING TO LEAVE IT THERE THANK YOU, DR

AYLWARD, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU MAKING SOME TIME FOR US THIS AFTERNOON >> YOU'RE WELCOME >> DR BRUCE AYLWARD, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE WH

O IN GENEVA AND COMING UP, WE CONTINUE OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE OF TODAY'S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AS CANADA'S TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS TELL CANADIANS NOT TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY, OTTAWA HAS ALSO TAKEN SOME MAJOR STEPS, IT SAYS, TO PROTECT CANADA'S ECONOMY FROM GLOBAL INSTABILITY WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD JEAN YVES DUCLOS ABOUT

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