COVID-19: with rapid increase in cases, Health Canada urges the public to act

With an increase in sixty COVID-19 cases across the country between Sunday morning and midday, the Public Health Administration of Canada has asked citizens, on an individual basis, to take important action to help delay the spread of the virus.
In a press briefing held on Sunday afternoon in Ottawa, Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer, and Dr. Howard Njoo, Deputy Chief Administrator, notably emphasized that the margin maneuver to smooth the epidemic curve is narrow and everyone must act now.

According to data released by these two doctors, there were 313 cases in Canada, and at least one in each of the ten provinces. According to figures released at 9 a.m. Sunday morning, the total was 249 cases, an increase of 25% during the day.

According to Drs Tam and Njoo, case increases are particularly large in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. To date, the latter province has seen the largest increase in a single day.

In addition, health authorities have tested more than 25,000 people to date.

The two doctors recalled that COVID-19 posed a serious threat to public health. In addition, they also mentioned, although it is particularly serious for the elderly and medically vulnerable, all ages are at risk.

Among the measures suggested to protect as many people as possible, doctors stressed the need to postpone or cancel all trips abroad that are not absolutely essential, to avoid large public gatherings, d ” increase personal physical space compared to others and inquire about the possibility of working from home if necessary.

“And it cannot be overemphasized: if you are at high risk for serious or life-threatening illness, practice social distancing and separate whenever and wherever you can,” said Drs Tam and Njoo. All others must ensure that they take all necessary precautions to protect those at high risk while ensuring that they are fully supported and not isolated. This is our chance, here and now. We must act now and act together. ”

Trudeau promises help

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated once again that his government will help people who cannot go to work because they are in quarantine or will have to keep their children deprived of school or daycare due to the crisis in the coronavirus.

Trudeau granted interviews to various television networks, including TVA and CTV, on Sunday.

He indicated in particular that measures will be announced next week to help families who do not have access to employment insurance in these difficult times.

Responding to questions from host Pierre Bruneau at TVA, the Prime Minister also defended the position of his government not having yet closed the borders to all visitors from abroad, saying he wanted to follow the recommendations of experts on this subject. of public health.

Certain additional measures may however be adopted. Trudeau says he wants to discuss it with his Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair. “Nothing is left out,” he replied. The head of the federal government believes, however, that health workers will be more helpful in facilities such as hospitals and clinics than at airports.

However, he recalled that the United States and Italy, two countries which had quickly closed their border to the Chinese at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, are among the countries most affected at present.

In the afternoon, the Prime Minister met with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. They discussed in particular the economic and social repercussions of COVID-19 and the ways in which the G7 can “contribute to increasing the resilience of the world economy”.

G7

Earlier, President of France Emmanuel Macron announced that G-7 leaders will hold a meeting to coordinate an economic response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the French president’s statement on Twitter, the summit, which will take place on Monday by videoconference, will serve to coordinate efforts on the vaccine and treatments.

We “will work on an economic and financial response,” said Emmanuel Macron.

Canada is part of the G-7, along with the United States, France, Italy, Great Britain, Japan and Germany.

Even more cases

The situation on the ground continues to deteriorate across the country.

In Ontario alone, 39 new confirmed cases have been reported by provincial authorities, bringing the total to 142 (including five cases considered cured). This is an increase of almost 38% compared to Saturday. The data suggest that a large proportion of new cases have been identified in the south of the province.

Nova Scotia announced its first three probable cases on Sunday, all related to travelers.

Provincial public health officials have said the three are in voluntary segregation.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, are expected to provide more details at a press conference this afternoon in Halifax.

In New Brunswick, the province’s chief medical officer of health has reported four new probable cases.

According to Dr. Jennifer Russell, they are all family members or relatives of the province’s first case who had stayed outside the country.

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