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Despite models showing COVID-19 on decline, fight must continue, Trudeau says

Last Updated Jun 4, 2020 at 9:26 am PDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Monday, June 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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Justin Trudeau says new modelling shows COVID-19 is on the decline in Canada, but we're not in the clear yet

Adhering to physical distancing measures and wearing masks remains very important in the fight against COVID-19, PM says

Trudeau adds the country will have to do better at testing and tracing contacts to stamp out flare ups

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says new federal modelling shows that COVID-19 is in decline across Canada, but the country is not out of the woods yet.

He says the continuing threat means as more people start working out in public, adhering to physical distancing measures and wearing masks remains very important.

“The pandemic is still threatening the health and safety of Canadians,” Trudeau says. “Across the country, and especially in areas where we continue to see large numbers of cases — of new cases — as well as in places like longterm care facilities and seniors’ homes, the situation remains serious.”

Trudeau adds the country will have to do better at testing and tracing contacts of people who contract the novel coronavirus to stamp out flare-ups.

Watch the full update from federal ministers here.

MPs and federal health officials provide coronavirus update

Posted by NEWS 1130 on Thursday, June 4, 2020

Canada’s case count has been trending downward, however, we have surpassed the best case scenario for total cases and deaths provided in the last round of modelling data.

The country has recorded more than 93,000 cases of the coronavirus, and close to 7,500 deaths so far.

Thursday’s federal projections come amid growing fears that a second wave of COVID-19 is inevitable, however, how bad that second wave will be remains unknown.