Trudeau warns that COVID-19 crisis could determine Canada's future

Pfizer and Moderna have released late-stage trial data suggesting their vaccines will be over 90 per cent effective

Canada's chief public health officer says there's "urgency" to bring infections down as officials released dire new forecasts indicating that COVID-19 case counts have far surpassed levels seen during the first wave.

While he acknowledges the challenges everyone is facing, Trudeau says reducing social contact is necessary to get to the other side of the pandemic. It's the future of our loved ones and our seniors.

Canada reported 315,751 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, up by 4,642 from the day before, and 11,265 deaths, an increase of 79.

This closure has been in place since March 21 and the latest extension means we'll be going into our eighth month with only essential travel across land borders with the U.S.

The modelling predicts that at current rates of contact, Canada is careening towards a surge of more than 20,000 cases per day by the end of December, but could hit 60,000 if socialization increases.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford said earlier this week that his province is "staring down the barrel of another lockdown" as Canada's most populous province sees its hospital system nearing the point of having to begin cancelling non-essential surgeries. "Otherwise, we're really in trouble".

Trudeau told a press conference on Friday that while he thinks it's right to give people hope for holiday gatherings, so much of what we're able to do in the coming weeks depends on our current actions.

Tam says this could indicate that Canada is not testing enough, and is a clear sign that the spread of the virus is accelerating.

The modelling says that there are more outbreaks now, those outbreaks are larger - more than 50 cases each - and they are affecting long-term care homes.

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