"Enough is enough:" Trudeau fires last warning at social distance rebels

PM announces COVID-19 aid for farmers Mar 23 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the Canadian people outside of Rideau Cottage in Ottawa where he has been quarantined since March 12.

He announced that the government would launch a national advertising campaign to urge social distancing and hygiene, and compel Canadians to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, he noted that the duration of this crisis will be determined by "the choices we make right now".

While speaking at a daily news conference, Trudeau said "enough is enough" as people were still disregarding his advice.

Trudeau continues his pleas for everyone to stay home, and for Canadians to do their part in flattening the curve. Their continued work is essential to our plan to manage COVID-19.

Public health authorities say some people infected with the highly contagious COVID-19 virus may have no symptoms, while most experience mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories have also put in place measures to restrict travel across their borders.

Trudeau also said that there will be more announcements in the next few days on more support for citizens.

He said the government is prepared to take all necessary measures to enforce self-isolation and social distancing rules. "Then it's to make sure we land there, make sure we can have safe passage for our crew, safe passage for Canadians who want to return home".

There are now 1474 cases in Canada and 20 deaths in the country to-date. Twenty people have died from the illness.

Trudeau has repeatedly said that nothing is off the table, including the Emergencies Act, the federal government's unique tool to ensure safety and security during national emergencies.

SARM president Ray Orb says the 5 billion dollars in additional Farm Credit Canada lending capacity is welcome but more is needed.

The federal government is also stepping up their advertising, including enlisting celebrities to push the stay at home message. Nearly two weeks ago he announced that $50 million of a $1-billion health-care funding package would be dedicated to increasing the Public Health Agency of Canada's COVID-19 communications and public education efforts.

"We're working on flights from Panama, Tunisia, Ukraine, in addition to the flights we've already announced from Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Spain", said Trudeau. By decisions we take every single day.

"It's also nice to see that our prime minister and our leadership in Ottawa haven't forgotten about farmers at this time".

Tory had initially raised the idea of the city asking telecom providers for anonymous cellphone location information to help explain where people were gathering in large groups over the weekend to help Toronto Public Health, said Don Peat, a spokesman for the mayor.



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