Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday urged Canadians to stay home, avoid contact with others, and follow public health rules to help slow the spread of COVID-19, after health officials warn of a possible explosive increase in virus cases.
At a televised press conference outside his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Trudeau called on Canadians to resist the temptation to lower their guard after 10 months of making sacrifices.
Trudeau said: “We face [a] The winter that is going to bring more and more people indoors, and we really run the risk of cases increasing, hospitals being overwhelmed and more loved ones dying. ”He said people should do everything they can to stop the spread of the virus.
The prime minister’s plea follows gloomy news Friday from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Canada’s director of public health, Dr. Theresa Tam, said she expects the number of new daily cases to reach 20,000 per day, up from just under 5,000 per day today, if Canadians maintain their current number of personal contacts.
But he warned that number could rise to 60,000 a day by the end of December if Canadians increase their current level of contact with other people, a possible scenario with the Christmas season looming.
Tam said that if people limit their interactions to essential activities while maintaining physical distancing and adhering to other public health guidelines, the number could drop to less than 10,000 per day.
Trudeau said that “a normal Christmas is frankly out of place.”
As of Friday, Canada had recorded a total of 319,229 cases and 11,314 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.