Canada to Send Thousands of Soldiers to Help Long-Term Care Homes

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Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau speaks to Canadians about the Covid-19 pandemic from the Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Ontario on April 22.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau speaks to Canadians about the Covid-19 pandemic at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 22. Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press / AP

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will honor the provinces’ requests to send soldiers and consolidate residences for seniors in crisis.

Echoing the frustration of millions of Canadians, he recognized that they need to pull themselves together and “do better” to support seniors.

“It is not a long-term solution. In Canada, we shouldn’t have soldiers looking after the elderly, “said Trudeau at his daily press conference in Ottawa on Thursday.

Almost half of the people who died in Canada as a result of Covid-19 are related to long-term care residents across the country. In Ontario, where there are well over 100 residences for senior citizens with outbreaks, more than 70% of those who have died from the virus reside in care centers.

“We are witnessing terrible tragedies in long-term care facilities across the country, it is unacceptable. If you are angry, frustrated, scared, you are right to feel that, we can do better, we must do better. Because we miss our parents, our grandparents, our elders, the greatest generation who built this country, ”said Trudeau.

Trudeau also announced hundreds of millions of dollars more for vaccine research and clinical trials for treatments and possible tests.

“Testing is essential. We have now reached 20,000 tests a day, almost double what we were earlier this month. But the tests need to increase further before we can reopen and restart our normal operations as a country, “said Trudeau.

Trudeau said that even if Canada’s social distancing efforts work, research funds will ensure that progress is not wasted. Until there is a vaccine, Trudeau said his government would focus on clinical trials for treatments and immunology tests.

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