Canadian govt's Covid-19 support not infinite, says Trudeau

Laverne Higgins
November 17, 2020

Trudeau said that positive signs of flattening the curb are not reason to stop following health guidelines: "When we see cases flattening a little bit, it's not a reason to say 'okay, great. we don't have to stay tight anymore.' It means, what we're doing is working".

To date, Canada has seen 282,577 COVID-19 cases and 10,768 deaths.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a video statement posted to social media that he understands celebrations will look different this year, and asked residents to celebrate online with friends and family.

In mid-October, Canada had about 2,300 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed each day.

"If you want to gather with your loved ones at Christmas, even in a restrained way, we're going to have to make sure that we change the trendlines on this COVID crisis right now", Trudeau said in an interview with 980 CFPL radio in London, Ontario.

Trudeau said that the federal government was focused on continuing its support by providing extra resources to provinces when in need, especially those who were facing larger second waves than others.

There were almost 5,000 new cases reported across Canada on Thursday, including 83 deaths, and those figures could double by early December without strong measures to curb outbreaks, according to public health projections.

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"The measures being taken to mitigate the virus are not sufficient", it said.

"Right now, it's not looking good".

Saskatchewan heeded the calls for tougher restrictions with a 28-day mandate expanding its mask rules and imposing a curfew on alcohol sales.

An average of 55 deaths were reported each day over the last week.

Trudeau also announced $1.5-billion for training to help people find new jobs as the country and economy rebuild.

The prime minister will be sitting down with the 13 premiers again in early December to discuss the possibility of increasing healthcare transfers.

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