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Actions taken now could determine Canada's fate for generations to come: PM Trudeau

BY , Nov 20, 2020 6:18 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves after making an announcement at the Ornamental Gardens in Ottawa, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says everyone's actions now could determine Canada's fate for generations to come.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says everyone's actions now could determine Canada's fate for generations to come.

He is urging all Canadians to reduce their contacts and stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Grim new forecasts suggest Canada could see cases climb by 60,000 per day by year's end if socializing increases.

The prime minister says his government is committed to helping businesses, and that lockdown measures are a better way to ensure long-term economic success than letting the virus run rampant.

"Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until Dec. 21"

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until Dec. 21.

Visits such as vacations, day trips and cross-border shopping excursions have been forbidden since March to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The mutual restrictions have been jointly extended on a monthly basis by the two countries ever since they were first imposed.

Trudeau says that with COVID-19 cases rising across the country, he will be working from home as much as possible and will again hold news conferences from outside his Rideau Cottage residence.

Trudeau says now is the time for Canadians to further limit personal contacts

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says now is the time for Canadians to further limit personal contacts and cancel social plans.

Trudeau urges people to stay home, and asks businesses to let employees work from home amid a spike in COVID-19 infections.

Trudeau says getting the virus under control is the best way to protect the economy, even if that means going into lockdown, as some regions have done.

He also referenced new measures to support businesses passed by the Senate Thursday, including commercial rent relief and an extension of the federal wage subsidy.

"Important to use COVID-19 contact tracing app"

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he knows Canadians want to do the right thing and protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

He says it is very important that the federal COVID-19 contact tracing app should be used voluntary.

But he says the government has considered mandating its use for government employees and others, as infection rates skyrocket across the country.

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