Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has warned of the hospital system getting overwhelmed by a possible quadrupling of new COVID-19 cases by year end.
Trudeau begged Canadians to stay home as much as possible as a second wave of the novel coronavirus rips across the country, forcing several of the 10 provinces to reimpose curbs on movement and businesses.
As the infection rate continues to surge authorities complain some people are being more careless about taking precautions.
“A normal Christmas is quite frankly right out of the question,” Trudeau said.
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said in the worst case scenario, a spike to 60,000 daily cases, would occur if people became more sociable. Even if current restrictions on gatherings are maintained, new daily cases will jump to over 20,000 by December 31 compared with less than 5,000 now.
Toronto – Canada’s most populous city and the heart of the financial system – as well as the nearby region of Peel would enter into lockdown on Monday.
The lockdown measures ban all indoor social gatherings. Restaurants are allowed to offer exclusively takeout and delivery, and most retail stores are permitted curbside pickup only for a minimum of 28 days, according to a government release.
Canada has recorded a total of 315,751 cases and 11,265 deaths so far.