PM Trudeau warns Canadians the future is on the line amid coronavirus surge

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pleading with Canadians to reduce their contacts as much as possible as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country – and he warned that Canada’s future is on the line.

“This is the future of our country, this is the future of our children, it’s the future of our loved ones and our seniors, it’s our economy, it’s our businesses, it’s everything all together,” Trudeau said Friday.

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Trudeau acknowledged that people are tired of the pandemic and its restrictions on their daily lives, but said adherence to public health measures is more important now than ever before.

“The cases across the country are spiking massively. We are facing a winter that’s going to drive people inside more and more and we’re really at risk of seeing caseloads go up and hospitals get overwhelmed and more loved ones dying.

“So we need to do everything we can right now to slow the spread of COVID-19, to stop the spike in its tracks,” Trudeau said.

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His comments come just hours after Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam warned that Canada is “not on a good trajectory” as she unveiled the latest figures in the virus’ spread Friday morning.

Tam warned that if Canadians don’t reduce their contacts, Canada could see 20,000 cases daily by the end of December. She urged for a return to Canadians only undertaking “essential activities” in order to avoid healthcare systems being crushed under the weight of the caseload surge.

Trudeau echoed the message in his own Friday press conference, noting that he’ll also be working from home as much as possible. The prime minister made the statements from the front steps of Rideau Cottage — the same venue where he held daily press conferences in the early days of the pandemic.

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“If you were planning to see friends this weekend– maybe don’t. If there was a birthday party or a gathering for dinner you were thinking about doing, don’t do it,” Trudeau said.

“We’re in a moment right now where even with all the sacrifices I know Canadians have been making over these past 10 months, we are now going to have to really tighten up once again.”

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