Canada is seeing a massive spike in Covid-19 cases which could overwhelm the hospital system, an emotional Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, imploring Canadians to stay home as much as imaginable.
A second wave is ripping across the country, forcing several of the 10 provinces to reimpose restrictions on movement and businesses. Cases continue to spike and authorities complain some people are being more careless approximately taking precautions.
Trudeau, saying “a normal Christmas is fairly frankly correct out of the question”, spoke shortly after Theresa Tam, chief public health officer, predicted new day by day cases could soar to 60,000 by the end of the year from less than 5,000 now.
“Cases across the country are spiking massively … we’re actually at risk of seeing case loads go up and hospitals get overwhelmed,” said a clearly upset Trudeau.
He dismissed the idea of Ottawa invoking emergency powers to bring back the type of widespread national shutdown that provinces imposed earlier in the year, saying “I’m not taking a look to usher in a federal hammer to check out and do things”.
Tam said the worst case scenario, a spike to 60,000 day by day cases, would arise whether people became more sociable. Even supposing current restrictions on gatherings are maintained, new day by day cases will hop to over 20,000 by Dec 31.
Only whether people minimize their personal contacts can the situation be kept steady and even then, the experience of European nations strongly suggests more curbs will be needed, she said.
“Absolutely do not go above what we have now (in relation to day by day cases) another way we are actually in trouble,” she said.
Officials predict that by Nov. 30 the complete death toll could be between 11,870 and 12,120, with the complete cases between 366,500 and 378,600. Canada has recorded a complete of 315,751 cases and 11,265 deaths so far.