First entry: Sunday, 29 March 2020, 23:37
Canada is not currently planning to use its military to counter the Covid-19 epidemic, though that option remains on the table, Prime Minister Justin Trinto said today.
All 10 provinces have declared a state of emergency and residents have been ordered to stay in their homes. The cases are 5,866 and the dead are 63 (+2 since yesterday).
The province of Quebec, which has 8.5 million inhabitants on an area equal to western Europe, announced yesterday that it is banning access to eight isolated areas that do not have easy access to health services. Police have been deployed at the border with the United States to ensure that returning travelers are quarantined.
Trident did not want to commit when asked if he would deploy troops in Quebec or other provinces. “The situation is constantly evolving and we are preparing for all sorts of different situations. Of course, Canadians know very well that the members of the armed forces are always ready to help whenever they need it, “he said, but explained that at present there is no such issue.
“We're not closing the door to any scenario,” he added.
About half of the cases have been identified in Quebec, whose prime minister, Francois Lego, said today that there is evidence that the situation is stabilizing. “Don't give up,” he urged residents who may be tired of the traffic ban.
Trindo also said the state would spend more than $ 200 million Canadian to help vulnerable groups such as the homeless, women and children victims of violence and counseling for young people.