The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin trudeau, on Friday implored the country’s population to drastically reduce contacts with other people after medical authorities warned that by the end of the year Canada can register 60,000 cases of covid-19 a day if no action is taken.
Trudeau chose to address the country from the front steps of his official home in Ottawa, something he had not done since the spring, during the first wave of the pandemic, to emphasize that Canadians should limit their interactions with other people and stay home as long as possible.
“I didn’t want to be here this morning. You didn’t want me to be here. But we are here again,” said a grim Trudeau at the beginning of his statement, adding that “cases across the country are going up massively.”
The prime minister added that Canada their future is at stake because “we are really at risk of the charge going off and hospitals cannot respond and more loved ones die. So we need to do everything we can now to slow the spread of covid-19. ”
Despite the seriousness of the situation, Trudeau refused to impose a national confinement such as the one experienced by the country at the most serious point of the first wave of the pandemic, and said that it is the task of the provincial governments to decide the measures to drink.
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But he did make it clear that confinement is the preferred measure for Ottawa stating that “entering a lockdown and supporting businesses while we’re locked in is a better way to ensure their success in the months and years ahead than trying to resist a virus that is circulating out of control.”
Trudeau’s warnings came minutes after the country’s chief medical officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, released the new case projections.
Tam explained that Canada can have 60,000 COVID-19 infections a day in December, far exceeding what happened at the beginning of the year.
“The national epidemic curve shows that the cases have surpassed the peak levels of the first wave. Now, the average number of cases per day is 4,800. What’s more, the growth of the epidemic is occurring rapidly, and this week 15% of new daily cases have been registered compared to last week, “explained Tam.
In addition, the country is seeing an increase in cases among the most-at-risk adults and the elderly in part as a result of, again, infectious outbreaks occurring in nursing homes and community centers.
Trudeau also announced that the land border with the United States will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least December 31.
Canada has kept the border closed since spring to try to control the spread of the disease in the face of the situation in the United States, where the disease is rampant and the country registers more than a million cases a day.
Canada adds to date 319,047 cases of covid-19 and 11,313 deaths.