The prime minister has spoken out after the number of cases of COVID-19 in Canada has surged. In a press conference on Monday, he admitted that the country is “going in the wrong direction.”
Speaking on October 5, Justin Trudeau acknowledged that the pandemic in Canada is evolving rapidly.
He noted that both Ontario and Quebec have reported record-breaking numbers of cases in the last few days, a trend that he later described as “pretty challenging.”
We have record amounts of PPE, the COVID Alert app ... but obviously, all of that hasn’t been enough. We are going in the wrong direction.
During Monday’s conference, Trudeau explained that the federal government had been preparing for the second wave of COVID-19.
He said they’d prepared by gathering new tools for testing, getting together “record amounts of PPE” and creating the government alert app.
However, he admitted that it “obviously hasn’t been enough.”
Trudeau then took the opportunity to remind Canadians to wear masks, wash their hands and continue to practice safe social distancing.
He continued, "For everything governments can do to keep us safe, ultimately it's individual Canadians making smart choices that can arrest the spread of this virus.”
As of October 4, Canada's total COVID-19 cases has surpassed 165,000.