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New models show COVID-19 progress but with 'hotspots' to monitor: Trudeau

Last Updated Jun 29, 2020 at 12:25 pm MST

A nurse gets a swab ready at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal, on Friday, May 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
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The prime minister says restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 appear to be working


New federal models show continued progress in suppressing the coronavirus, Justin Trudeau says


New explosion in cases could mean a return to tight restrictions, prime minister warns


OTTAWA — After a difficult spring, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says new federal models show continued progress in suppressing COVID-19.

“We still have some hotspots in some parts of the country, but nationally, the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths is declining over time,” he says.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says despite hotspots in Saskatchewan, Montreal, Toronto and Windsor, the number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are declining.

MPs and federal health officials provide coronavirus update

MPs and federal health officials provide coronavirus update

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“As the epidemic has slowed, the incident rates have steadily declined in all age groups, though the decline has been relatively slower in younger age groups,” she says. “[Declining rates] all illustrate the steady decline in COVID-19 activity since the peak of the epidemic in late April. Monitoring these indicators tell us that our public health measures have been successful in slowing the transmission.”

That shows in the projections for the short term ahead. At worst, Canada can expect just under 5,000 new cases and 343 new deaths in the next two weeks.

“It is even more important that Canadians continue with collective efforts to maintain physical distancing and good hygiene to keep COVID-19 under control,” Tam adds.

While the growth in the number of COVID-19 infections is slowing, Trudeau is urging Canadians to remain vigilant, adding now is not the time to get complacent.

“As we start to reopen parts of the economy, we must continue to follow local public health guidelines to keep each other safe,” he says.

As of Monday morning, Canada had recorded just more than 103,000 cases and 8,500 deaths, which is lower than the last modelling projections at the start of the month.

Officials warn if Canada reopens too quickly or carelessly, we could see an explosive second wave.

“We need to continue to be careful, even as we reopen, so that we don’t lose all the significant progress we’ve made through some very difficult sacrifices by Canadians over the past months,” Trudeau says.

Meanwhile, Trudeau points to a spike in cases in the U.S. as an example of why we need to maintain our protective measures and restrictions.

He also says the government has the fiscal capacity to deal with a possible second wave, despite the record spending on emergency measures so far since the spring.