COVID-19 remains very serious health threat : Trudeau
|CTVnews 21 May 2020 at 13:45|
OTTAWA -- While the COVID-19 curve continues to show signs of flattening and progress is being made to reopen some aspects of society, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians to continue to take the pandemic seriously, saying the deadly disease “remains a very serious health threat.”
He said that as much good news as it has been to see some aspects of society emerge from lockdown it could be for nothing if current public health precautions are not maintained.
During his address from Rideau Cottage on Thursday, the prime minister reemphasized Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam’s calls for Canadians to wear non-medical masks or other adequate face coverings any time they leave their house and think they could be in a situation where physical distancing can’t be maintained.
“It’s never been more important to follow public health instructions,” Trudeau said. “As we start to reopen the economy, it might be more difficult to maintain that distance at all times, so please follow Dr. Tam’s advice.”
He said that while some aspects of life are returning to some semblance of pre-pandemic activity, the public health steps Canadians have become used to need to continue.
“Keep washing your hands, stay home, and if you need to, wear a mask.”
The prime minister also committed to working with the provinces and territories on a national testing and tracing strategy to increase capacity so that as businesses begin welcoming customers and staff are sent back to work, the country can try to stay on top of any future spikes.
“It is going to be important to increase testing now… but also make sure that as we move forward through the summer and obviously into the fall, we are ready to act extremely quickly so that the population at large won t be in situations of having to go back into confinement.
“But that depends on citizens doing their part,” Trudeau said, adding that evolving the testing strategy is on the agenda for his call with the premiers Thursday evening.