Trudeau warned Canadian snowbirds to resist the urge to head south in search of a warmer weather.
“I know there’s a lot of people worried about what’s happening south of the border in Florida, Arizona, California, and other places further down south (Mexico), where the virus is not under control or less under control than we are here. The challenges around the health care system being overloaded down there and access to health insurance – making sure you have coverage in case something does happen – are a lot more difficult,” declared Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, October 14th.
According to the Canadian government, the country reported nearly 31,000 new cases and 372 deaths in the past two weeks. Cumulatively, it has had more than 193,000 cases and almost 9,750 deaths. The provinces of Quebec, which reported more than 7,000 new cases in the past week, and Ontario, which counted nearly 5,500, are in the worst shape, according to New York Times data.
“I think this second wave is really exhausting,” Trudeau acknowledged. “It’s frustrating for everyone to have to keep going through this. We showed that we can pull together and get through this, as we did in the spring. Then people got used to the slow burn in the summer. Now that cases are spiking again – with the approach of winter, with the approach of flu season – we need to get things back under control.”
The upside, he said, is that “we know how to do it in a more targeted way now than in the spring. We know what kinds of businesses are more likely to spread COVID-19, what kinds of activities.”
That approach, he said, “allows us to do the right things medically and keep us safe while not totally ruining people’s economies.”
Source: USA Today