A new month means a fresh set of bills for Canadians struggling with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, as officials warn that public health measures will likely be in place for some time. Here's a look at the latest COVID-19 developments across Canada, the U.S. and the rest of the world.
As of 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, officials in Canada had reported more than 9,700 confirmed and presumptive cases, with 115 deaths. The provinces and territories that are providing details on recovered cases have listed a total of 1,736 as resolved.
There have also been two COVID-19 linked deaths of Canadians outside Canada — one in Japan and one in Brazil.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said Wednesday that there's a real need to expand the health-care system and workforce to handle an expected increase in cases. She said public health has to work hard to “suppress this initial curve” so that the health system doesn't become overwhelmed.
Overall, the system is “coping quite well at the moment,” Tam said, but if that changes for the worse, “some very difficult decisions may have to be made about the prioritization of existing resources.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday declined to put a specific timeline on how long strict measures could last, saying they would be in place for a number of weeks — and perhaps months. Speaking outside Rideau Cottage, Trudeau again reiterated a call on Canadians to respect public health rules and practice physical distancing, saying the behaviour of Canadians has a direct impact on how the health crisis will unfold.