It could be a long wait.
Get ready, Canada. In his latest briefing about the ongoing pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that the effects of COVID-19 could still be felt a year and a half down the line. He also warned that Canadians need to stay vigilant.
He noted, however, that “that is so much better than we could face — all of us — if we do not rise to the challenge of this generation.”
Trudeau also mentioned that there will be additional smaller waves following the one that Canadians are currently in, but that they will be easier to handle with the “knowledge and equipment” that the government has now.
As for economic recovery, there will need to be a “graduated” return to normal activity, according to Trudeau.
He stated that working on wage subsidies will be his biggest priority over the weekend and that ways to gather the House virtually are being looked at.
He also stated that this should not delay getting help to people who need it.
This is keeping in line with an earlier announcement from Canada’s health officials, stating that while the worst of the virus could decrease by summer, there will still be pockets of it returning over time.
Projections presented by Dr. Theresa Tam stated that in the best-case scenario, anywhere between 11,000 and 22,000 Canadians could die from the illness.
The Prime Minister invoked the memory of Canadians fighting at Vimy Ridge over a century ago to inspire people to do their part now.
“We have a chance to determine what our country will look like,” he said. “We’re at a fork in the road between the best and worst possible outcomes.”