Trudeau: Canada already in second wave of coronavirus

Source: Politico | September 23, 2020 | Andy Blatchford

Warning comes as Canadian Covid-19 cases climb higher, a setback that follows the country’s success in flattening the curve earlier in the pandemic

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is warning Canadians that the second wave has arrived in many parts of the country.

“We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” Trudeau said Wednesday during a 12-minute takeover of suppertime television. “It’s all too likely we won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving [Oct. 12], but we still have a shot at Christmas.”

During the height of the pandemic last spring, Trudeau took questions from reporters almost every day for weeks — briefings that networks covered voluntarily. On Wednesday evening, he took the rare step, for a Canadian prime minister, of requesting airtime on major TV networks.

For Canada’s four largest provinces, Trudeau said the second wave of Covid-19 is underway.

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Trudeau noted that back on March 13 when the country went into lockdown there were 47 new cases of the virus. “Yesterday alone, we had well over 1,000,” said Trudeau, who appeared on TV screens in a dark suit and tie, standing in front of four Canadian flags and a desk.

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On Wednesday, officials said Canada saw an average of 1,123 cases reported daily during the past seven days, compared to just 380 cases reported per day in mid-August.

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