Too many Canadians still going out – Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says too many Canadians are still going on needless outings, potentially encouraging the spread of COVID-19.

Trudeau says they’re putting health workers at risk, and that threatens everyone who might need medical care.

Trudeau says none of the lost jobs, or the efforts to crank up the national systems for distributing goods, will be worth it if Canadians don’t stay home as much as possible.

He says he will be speaking with the leaders of the provinces and territories today about coordinating data about coronavirus cases in Canada.

“You want to see the numbers and predictions,” he said, but did not give a time frame for releasing more data analysis and modelling about the outbreak.

Trudeau says the first ministers meeting, which will be held remotely, will include discussions about the continued need to share data and modelling between jurisdictions.

The premiers were to meet in person on March 13 but that meeting was cancelled when Trudeau was forced into isolation because his wife tested positive for COVID-19.

More than 11 million face masks have arrived in Canada in recent days, including a shipment of one million masks that arrived at a Hamilton warehouse overnight, Trudeau says.

He says workers are trying to quickly assess that they meet the needed standards, and that 10 million masks are already being distributed to provinces and territories.

He also says the government has ordered hundreds of thousands of face shields from Bauer, the company that normally makes hockey equipment.


By The Canadian Press

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