Canadian Prime Minister said that there was no hope for a normal Christmas. Toronto will be re-locked.
Toronto, November 20 “Frankly speaking, a normal Christmas is impossible.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a televised speech on November 20, calling on citizens to reduce human contact to curb the severe coronavirus epidemic. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, will return to the “lockdown”.
Trudeau spoke live on TV in front of his residence in Ottawa and responded to media questions. He said that while Canadians have made sacrifices in the past 10 months, it is now necessary to tighten the epidemic prevention measures again. “We need to do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus and stop the epidemic from soaring.”
As of the evening of November 20, Canada had reported a total of 32,719 cases, an increase of 4,968 cases from the previous day; 25646 recovered, 11,334 deaths and 52,739 active cases.
According to the latest epidemic model data released by the Canadian Public Health Agency on the 20th, if people’s socialization is developing at present, Canada can increase in more than 20,000 new cases a day by the end of this year; if there are no restrictions on interpersonal contact, the number can reach 60,000.
Trudeau said the only way to turn the situation around is to reduce interpersonal contact. He urged people to stay at home as much as possible, avoid unnecessary travel, and work from home. He also encouraged people to download and use the federal government’s epidemic alert mobile phone program. However, there are still two provinces that have not implemented this application.
He said that the best way to protect the economy is to contain the virus. At the same time, he promised that the federal government would continue to implement relief measures for enterprises and individuals such as rent subsidies and wage subsidies, and will also continue to provide financial support for the fight against the epidemic.
On the same day, Ontario announced that the provincial capital, Toronto, Canada’s most populous city, and the adjacent Peel area will be classified as the “grey area” with the highest epidemic prevention level from November 23, and the ban will be reimposed for at least 28 days. The cumulative number of reported cases in the province exceeded 100,000 on this day.
Under the ban, non-family members are not allowed to visit the house in principle; restaurants are only allowed to operate take-out, and canteens and outdoor dining areas must be stopped; most retail stores can only provide roadside pickup or delivery services; outdoor public activities can only accommodate up to 10 people; indoor sports or entertainment places, casinos, barbershops and other individuals Nursing services must be closed. But schools can continue to be open.
Toronto imposed a “lockdown” measure from March to June to contain the epidemic. Ontario has recently set the epidemic prevention level from low to high to green, yellow, orange, red and gray levels. Toronto, Peel and other areas have been classified as the second most serious “red areas” since November 14.
At present, the epidemic is peaking in many provinces and territories of Canada, and inpatient hospitals have reached a new high, making hospitals overwhelmed.
Canada has now pre-ordered about 414 million doses of coronavirus vaccine from multiple pharmaceutical companies, more than 10 doses per capita according to the country’s population. Canada’s public health department expects that Canada will receive 6 million doses of vaccine by the end of March 2021. Health officials said recently that most Canadians should be able to get vaccinated by the end of 2021.