Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to offer an update on Canada’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
According to his official itinerary, Trudeau will address Canadians at 11 a.m. ET from Rideau Cottage where he is in self-isolation.
Global News will stream his speech here.
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On Friday Trudeau announced the federal wage subsidy for small and medium-sized businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak would be jumping up to 75 per cent.
Trudeau had previously announced a 10 per cent wage subsidy, but conceded that it wasn’t enough.
“It’s becoming clear that we need to do more — much more — so we’re bringing that percentage up to 75 per cent for qualifying businesses,” Trudeau told reporters. “This means people will continue to be paid even though their employers have to slow down or stop their businesses.”
Meanwhile on Friday, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer said Canada’s fight with COVID-19 is far from over, and that it could include a second wave.
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Dr. Howard Njoo said Canada is in it “for the long haul.”
“It’s definitely months. Many months,” Njoo estimated Friday as the number of novel coronavirus cases in Canada surged.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), as of 6 p.m. ET on Friday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Canada had topped 4,600.