Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the COVID-19 cases in the country are “spiking massively” which could overwhelm the hospital system.
“A normal Christmas is quite frankly right out of the question,” Trudeau said.
Earlier, Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said in the worst case scenario, a spike to 60,000 daily cases, would occur if people became more sociable. Even if current restrictions on gatherings are maintained, new daily cases will jump to over 20,000 by Dec. 31 compared with less than 5,000 now.
“Cases across the country are spiking massively … we’re really at risk of seeing case loads go up and hospitals get overwhelmed,” said Trudeau.