Prime Minister Justin Trudeau predicts Canada’s social distancing practices may last “weeks to months,” until Canadians are safe.
“I know it’s also a lot to take in,” said Trudeau. “Right now people need to know they have support for their jobs, businesses, and industries.”
During his daily coronavirus updates, Trudeau said that 50,000 Canadians have been tested since the beginning of the outbreak, and 25,000 were done in just the last week.
He added that Canada is investing $25 billion that will go to 49 researchers and their teams across the country, to help with measures to detect, manage and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
And for healthy individuals, Trudeau is encouraging Canadians to donate blood, saying that the country is in need of blood donors.
Over the border, following US President Donald Trump and Trudeau’s announcement on Wednesday, the prime minister said the new restrictions will be applied Friday night, “in the next day and a half.”
Travellers will no longer be permitted to travel across the border for recreational or tourism purposes, but commercial trade will not be affected.
For those already abroad and looking to come back to Canada, Trudeau said he spoke to CEO’s of WestJet and Air Canada yesterday afternoon to help Canadians get back.