Canada doesn’t have to worry about its leader trying to downplay the pandemic.
“This sucks," according to Justin Trudeau. "It really, really does.”
The Canadian prime minister broke that news during a Tuesday morning COVID-19 press briefing, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports. According to the CBC, Trudeau made his comments while telling his constituents that it’s important to continue social distancing as cases in areas including Alberta, B.C., Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec are rising to levels not seen since spring.
He warned that Canadians should brace themselves for a tough winter where citizens are likely to get frustrated with being locked down.
“Nobody wanted 2020 to be this way, but we do get to control how bad it gets by all of us doing our part,” Trudeau said. “Unless we’re really, really careful, there may not be the kinds of family gatherings we want to have at Christmas."
While some hospitals in the Toronto-area are near 100% capacity, a targeted approach has reportedly lead to other parts of the country seeing the virus managed more effectively. Trudeau admitted the messaging can get “complicated,” but urged Canucks to stay the course.
“It’s frustrating to see friends at the other end of the country doing you’d love to be able to do but you can’t,” Trudeau said.
He told Canadians if they stick together, stay six-feet apart and keep their masks on a little longer, the spring and summer will bring happier times. Trudeau also assured his nation that its government, along with pharmaceutical professionals, are aggressively pursuing treatments and vaccines.
In the U.S., which has a population of roughly 330-million, COVID-19 has infected 8.76 million people and killed 226,436. While China and India have larger populations, the U.S. infection and fatality rate are the highest in the world.
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