Justin Trudeau the Prime Minister of Canada said that his country handled the coronavirus pandemic much better than many of its allies like the United States.
According to Reuters, Trudeau had a briefing with the press as he said:
“We were able to control the virus better than many of our allies, particularly including our neighbor.’’
The United States hit a record high number of more than 60,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 24 hours on Tuesday and somewhere around 3 million cases overall with more than 131,000 deaths caused by the virus according to a Johns Hopkins University database, while on the other hand, Canada has reported around 108,000 Coronavirus cases and 8,700 deaths from it.
Prime Minister Trudeau said that the outbreak was stabilizing in Canada because its citizens did their part and followed public health instructions, according to CNN.
“But we still have to be very careful. Things can change quickly. We still have some hot spots in some parts of the country, including in long-term care facilities and agricultural work settings, so as we continue to gradually reopen the economy, we have to remain vigilant,’’ said Trudeau.
According to The Hill, Canada and the Trump administration in March agreed to close their border to noneessential travel as part of an effort to slow the virus’s spread. The move has not impacted trade between the nations. Officials are reportedly discussing whether to extend the ban past July 21, when it is set to expire.
Trudeau also said that he speaks reasonably regularly with U.S. President Donald Trump and that he plans to congratulate him on the new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
According to a senior White House official, Trudeau would have also been forced to quarantine for 14 days after returning from the U.S. if he had chosen to visit the White House.