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Officials say efforts by Canadians to flatten the curve of COVID-19 are working

Last Updated May 2, 2020 at 11:39 am PDT

FILE - Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, April 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA — Officials across Canada are delivering more optimistic messaging about COVID-19 as New Brunswick reported no active cases of the virus and Ontario pointed to a gradual downward curve Saturday.

The country’s top medical official, Dr. Theresa Tam, says Canadians have been able to work together and are flattening the curve.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also spoke with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to share information about fighting the pandemic while protecting the economy.

New Zealand has widely been seen as a success story in the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Doug Ford blasted anti-lockdown protesters for disrespecting the Canadian flag by flying it upside down during a demonstration at Queen’s Park. It was the second Saturday in a row for a protest at the site.

Ford said he respected their right to protest but wondered aloud whether it’s fair that mothers with their children receive fines for being in parks while anti-lockdown protesters aren’t fined.