Canadians can still expect weeks or months of alienation, says Trudeau

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OTTAWA – Canadians should not expect to return to normal life anytime soon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday as he promised to extend federal assistance to more workers in economic hardship because of the pandemic.

Trudeau said that distancing measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 will likely remain in place for weeks, if not months.

He said there will be a better idea of ​​how long the crisis will last once the models and forecasts are developed, but success will depend on how Canadians practice their habits from a distance, such as staying at home.

“Staying at home, continuing this period of isolation and estrangement is the best way to get out as quickly as possible, but it will certainly be several weeks, perhaps several months,” he said in his update. daily update from Ottawa. .

Trudeau has been working from home since his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 13.

He said that even if he planned to return to the office in the coming days, he would mainly continue to work from home because “this is what we ask everyone.”

Trudeau said more than 300,000 people successfully requested emergency financial assistance in the first hours after the federal government opened the process on Monday. The benefit provides weekly payments of $ 500 to workers who have lost their income due to the pandemic.

The Prime Minister has suggested that the 16-week program be expanded to provide assistance to people whose hours have been reduced but not eliminated, and has promised help to those earning less than benefits.

Nearly 16,000 people in Canada were infected and 293 died Monday at noon, according to Dr. Theresa Tam, the country’s highest public health official.

Tam said there is growing evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by infected people who have not started to show symptoms or by people who never get sick.

As a result, public health officials have concluded that non-medical masks can help prevent the wearer from spreading the virus to others in places where physical distance is difficult.

She said that masks worn this way have not been proven to protect the people who wear them, but they do not exonerate the wearers of all other measures they should take against COVID-19, including physical distancing and regular hand washing.

Tam said she was particularly concerned about the recent outbreaks in hospitals and long-term care homes, which have been reported in several provinces.

One of the worst of these outbreaks is the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, where three other residents died on Sunday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths at the facility to 26.

Tam said that although COVID-19 may be more serious in the elderly or those with underlying health conditions, people in their 20s have also died from the virus, and no age group is known sheltered from its effects.

The latest figures on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest figures for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases in Canada at 2:54 p.m. April 6, 2020:

There are 16,497 confirmed and suspected cases in Canada.

– Quebec: 8,580 confirmed (including 121 deaths, 611 resolved)

– Ontario: 4,347 confirmed (including 132 deaths, 1,624 resolved)

– Alberta: 919 confirmed (including 23 deaths, 279 resolved), 331 presumptive

– British Columbia: 1,203 confirmed (including 38 deaths, 673 resolved)

– Nova Scotia: 293 confirmed (of which 64 resolved)

– Saskatchewan: 249 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 67 resolved)

– Newfoundland and Labrador: 226 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 32 resolved)

– Manitoba: 187 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 17 resolved), 16 presumptive

– New Brunswick: 101 confirmed (of which 28 resolved)

– Prince Edward Island: 22 confirmed (including 8 resolved)

– Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed

– Yukon: 6 confirmed (including 4 resolved)

– Northwest Territories: 4 confirmed (including 1 resolved)

– Nunavut: no confirmed cases

– Total: 16,497 (347 presumptive, 16,150 confirmed including 321 deaths, 3,408 resolved)

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