Governments fight to curb COVID-19, economic fallout

Ottawa Recalls Parliament to Vote on Emergency Coronavirus Measures

Ottawa Recalls Parliament to Vote on Emergency Coronavirus Measures

"But we have to admit that there will be Canadians who won't be able to come back home, and we'll do our utmost to support them wherever they might be". Most recover. However, the respiratory illness can lead to hospitalization and death, with the most severe cases mostly occurring in older patients or those with underlying conditions.

Trudeau also announced on Monday a collection of new measures the federal government is taking to combat the pandemic.

In Ottawa, Dr. Vera Etches, the city's medical officer of health, played down the notion of using phone data in the battle against COVID-19 but, like Trudeau, she did not completely close the door.

Trudeau said there will be a $5-billion credit program to support farmers.

Images from across the continent of people flouting public pleas to stay home and avoid congregating in large groups ripped around the internet over the weekend, fuelling fear of more stringent crackdowns on personal mobility.

Trudeau also said that "nothing that can help is off the table" and he would impose more enforcement if needed, including a hotline for reporting people who violate public health instructions.

Trudeau continued, saying, "This is not a suggestion".

Premiers of Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba said Monday they want more information from Trudeau on how that money is going to flow. In recent years, scientific experts have warned repeatedly about the high risk of a global pandemic and pointed to the unpreparedness of governments around the world to face such a potential catastrophe.

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He said that physical distancing is the best way to keep everyone safe.

He said the government is prepared to take all necessary measures to enforce self-isolation and social distancing rules.

Retired farmer and President of Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities Ray Orb is also hopeful the Prime Minister's pledge to aid will help settle growing concerns, and recognizes there are still challenges ahead.

Such a decision under the rarely used Emergency Measures Act, which restricts civil liberties, should be made only "when we've exhausted all other steps", he said.

Trudeau also provided an update on emergency flights for Canadians overseas.

"I know this is a big change, but we have to do this not just for ourselves, but for our grandparents, our nurses, our doctors and everyone working at our hospitals and you kids are helping a lot".

The PM held a late afternoon conference call with premiers from across the country on Monday, getting a sense of what they are doing and what they need, if anything, from the federal government.

The health minister can designate quarantine zones, and fine or jail people who disobey quarantine requests under the Quarantine Act. While we are not yet in as strict of a lockdown as other countries, rumours of stepped up measures continue to swirl.

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