For the four largest provinces in Canada, Trudeau said the second wave of Covid-19 is underway.
Trudeau’s warning comes as Canadian cases of COVID-19 rise, a setback that follows the country’s success in flattening the curve earlier in the pandemic.
Trudeau noted that on March 13th, when the country went into lockdown, there were 47 new cases of the virus. “Yesterday alone we had well over 1,000,” said Trudeau, who appeared on TV screens in a dark suit and tie, standing in front of four Canadian flags and a desk.
Canada’s top doctor warned this week that the only way to stop the spread from accelerating is for everyone to try to brake.
“My message today is the time to come,” said Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer. “Our actions right now are what matters in keeping the epidemic growth under control.”
Officials on Wednesday said Canada had recorded an average of 1,123 cases per day over the past seven days, compared to just 380 cases reported per day in mid-August.
The television appearance came just hours after a longer political speech. Much like State of the Union speeches in the United States, Canada’s Speeches highlight the high-level political direction and principles of a government.
Trudeau’s ‘Speech from the Throne’ described his minority government’s updated plan to deal with the economic and health damage from the coronavirus. Without offering price tags, he pledged huge investments to support areas such as the economy, the social safety net, environmental protection and the workforce.
The Prime Minister has used much of his television time to promote his government’s new plan. He has also gone through his government’s efforts to date to deal with the health and economic crises of the pandemic.