OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal authorities started making ready for a potential pandemic as quickly because it acquired the primary alert a couple of mysterious cluster of pneumonia circumstances in China on New Yr’s Eve.
Trudeau is defending his authorities towards accusations it did not act quick sufficient to warn Canadians in regards to the hazard COVID-19 posed to their well being and the financial system.
This comes as U.S. President Donald Trump is accused of downplaying the hazard of the novel coronavirus whereas privately saying it was a lot worse than the common flu.
Canada’s chief public well being officer Dr. Theresa Tam says there was quite a lot of work achieved in January and February, together with getting labs prepared to check for COVID-19.
She says the chance for transmission inside Canada did stay low till early to mid-March however issues with this pandemic modified in a short time after that.
Federal Well being Minister Patty Hajdu advised Canadians as late as March 10 the chance in Canada was low, and inside per week a lot of the nation was on lockdown.