OTTAWA: In total, more than 2,000 people have tested positive and 20 people have died in Canada, according to John Hopkins University.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a stern warning to Canadians who ignore social distancing advice, telling citizens to “go home and stay home”.
Speaking from during a daily briefing outside his home at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau said, “We’ve all seen the pictures online of people who seem to think they’re invincible.” The prime minister said, “Well, you’re not. Enough is enough.”
Trudeau’s tone was noticeably sterner today, including this warning to people who aren’t observing calls for social distancing. pic.twitter.com/HU2SySOhrm— Roland Paris (@rolandparis) March 23, 2020
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam said, “We must slow community spread through unrelenting social distancing. A key reason we want to delay and flatten the epidemic curve is to buy time for research and innovation to occur”.
Quebec and Ontario both ordered the closure of all non-essential workplaces on Monday. The closure begins from 11:59 p.m. ET Tuesday.
Quebec reported an increase of more than 400 cases in that province on Monday, which was attributed to wider testing.
Canada closed its shared border with the US last week to all non-essential travel.