For Canada’s four largest provinces, Trudeau said the second wave of Covid-19 is underway.
An increasingly bleak background: Trudeau’s warning comes as Canadian Covid-19 cases rise, a setback that follows the country’s success in flattening the curve earlier in the pandemic.
Trudeau noted that on March 13 when the country went into lockdown, there were 47 new cases of the virus. “Yesterday alone, we had over 1,000,” said Trudeau, who appeared on television in a dark suit and tie, in front of four Canadian flags and a desk.
The Canadian chief medical officer warned this week that the only way to prevent a further acceleration of the spread is if everyone works to curb them.
“My message today is that the time has come,” said Teresa Tam, Director of Public Health. “Our actions now are what matters to keep the growth of the epidemic under control.”
On Wednesday, officials said Canada had seen an average of 1,123 cases reported daily over the past seven days, compared to just 380 cases reported per day in mid-August.
Trudeau government’s new plan for Covid-19: The television appearance came a few hours after delivering a longer political speech – that of the Trudeau government from the throne.
Like many State of the Union speeches in the United States, Canadian Throne speeches highlight the trends and principles of high-level government policy.
Trudeau’s speech to the throne outlined the updated minority government’s plan to deal with the economic and health damage of the Coronavirus. Without providing price tags, it has pledged sweeping investments to support areas such as the economy, the social safety net, environmental protection and the workforce.
The prime minister used most of his time on television to promote his new government’s plan. He also followed his government’s efforts so far to deal with the health and economic crises of the epidemic.