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Ottawa, Nov 20 (Canadian-Media): According to the Public Health Agency of Canada(PHAC), COVID-19 new infections in Canada could reach upto 60,000 a day by the end of December with possible explosion in the casehold if Canadians do not reduce their contacts, PHAC said.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Facebook page
Speaking to journalists outside his residence at Rideau Cottage, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Canadians to restrict their interactions to essential activities while maintaining physical distancing and adhering to other public health guidelines, and said the prospect of a normal holiday season this year is "right out of the question."
"We are facing [a] winter that's going to drive people inside more and more, and we're really at risk of seeing caseloads go up, and hospitals get overwhelmed, and more loved ones dying," he said.
"So we need to do everything we can right now to slow the spread of COVID-19, to stop the spike in its tracks."
"We need to hang in there. We need to know that the end is in sight, but we're not there yet," he said and pleaded to protect the the front line workers now risking their lives, and the lives of their family members, to keep Canadians safe and for the long-term health of the national economy.
"They have been heroes. They have been going above and beyond anything they might have thought they were signing up for," he said.
"We need to help them. We need to give them a break. We need to stop this spike in cases. We need to think about them as we think about our loved ones who need medical help, who are vulnerable to COVID-19."
During a news conference this morning, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam also discussed the latest modelling with detailed projections on new infections
"We are not on a good trajectory," Tam said Friday. "I think across the board, across Canada, we have to say the time is now, with urgency, that we limit contacts. However that is being done at the local level, that is the underlying principle. Keep those contacts down by restrictions and, of course, each individual doing their work."
"This won't be forever. Recently, there has been some really good news about vaccine development. Keep this beacon of hope in mind as we all come together, apart, to do what is needed," she said. "Right now, every effort you make as an individual matters,"Canada's Health Minister Patty Hajdu also urged vigilance.