Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau warns of "new normal" after government releases COVID-19 projections
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Speaking to reporters outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said even under the best-case projections released earlier in the day by his government, it's likely the "first wave" of COVID-19 peak infection will likely not end until the summer.
“Normality, as it was before, will not come back full-on until we get a vaccine for this… That will be a very long way off,” the prime minister said.
Trudeau said well after the initial peak of COVID-19 infection rates has passed in Canada, Canadians should expect "wavelets" of COVID-19 infections to keep popping back up until a reliable vaccination is developed.
Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam confirmed later on Thursday that Canada now has a total of 19,774 cases of COVID-19, with 461 deaths.
Tam emphasized the importance of maintaining social distancing measures this Easter weekend, urging against religious gatherings and encouraged Canadians to have virtual meetups instead, and to have a "staycation for the nation."
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