VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Canada is bracing for the possibility that the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. could get significantly worse, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.
His comments came after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested his administration could soon lift federal guidelines that have shut down businesses – despite health experts saying it would be a horrible idea.
“At this time, we feel the measures that we have taken to restrict flow across the border to … goods and essential travel is the important thing that we’re doing to keep Canadians safe,” Trudeau said. “Of course, as the situations evolves, we will be ready to shift our posture with that.”
The Canada-U.S. border was shut down to all non-essential traffic last week in an effort to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Trudeau added regardless of whether the U.S. decides to ease off on public health measures to jump-start its economy, Canada would continue to base its decisions on science and keeping people safe and healthy.
Trump has been growing more impatient by the day with the economic fallout from the pandemic.
“We’re not going to let the cure be worse than the problem,” the president said. “At the end of the 15 day period, we’ll make a decision as to which way we want to go, where we want to go.”
Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2020
He talked about reopening the U.S. “soon.” The country now has the third highest number of cases of COVID-19 in the world and a climbing death toll.
Many have taken to social media to speak out against Trump’s suggestion, with the hashtag #NotDying4WallStreet trending on Twitter.
Folks, do NOT listen to trump.
He will get you KILLED.
DO: listen to Dr. Fauci.
DO: listen to your Governor.
DO: listen to medical experts.
NEITHER SHOULD YOU.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) March 24, 2020
I’m 37, a teacher & nonprofit director who works with hundreds of kids yearly. I served 6 years active duty in the poverty draft, a disabled vet with PTSD & Behçet’s disease, an auto immune that puts me at increased risk if I developed COVID-19. #NotDying4WallStreet https://t.co/0gGyRoqz6j
— Anthony Clark in the Struggle (@anthonyvclark20) March 24, 2020