(Fighting against New Coronary Pneumonia) Canada's official focus on improving detection capabilities
China News Agency, Toronto, May 23 (Reporter Yu Ruidong) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to work hard to increase the scale of virus detection and the ability to track close contacts to facilitate economic restart.
Trudeau told the media on May 22 local time in Ottawa that the new coronavirus is still a serious health threat. The federal government is working with provinces and regions to increase the scope of testing by purchasing testing reagents and swabs.
He also said that the ability to track close contacts needs to be improved to ensure that they have taken isolation measures and monitored their condition. He said that in addition to the tracking work carried out by various provinces and territories, the federal government has increased its manpower to complete 3,600 follow-up calls per day. Statistics Canada has added 1,700 interviewers and can make 20,000 interview calls per day.
Trudeau also said that it must ensure that data collected across regions is shared among provinces and regions.
The day before, Trudeau spoke with the executive heads of various provinces and regions to discuss the issue of cooperation to strengthen epidemic prevention and control while gradually restarting the economy.
The Canadian public health department recently admitted that the lack of detection and tracking capabilities in various places is the main problem facing the current epidemic control work, and has also been criticized by some medical experts.
All parts of Canada continue to cautiously advance the pace of economic restart, and generally require all kinds of socio-economic activities to resume operation under the premise of ensuring compliance with epidemic prevention requirements. Some institutions and operators have made new moves to adapt to the "new normal" brought about by the epidemic.
The Toronto Zoo, which has been closed for 70 days, will resume the opening of the park by self-driving tour for the first time from May 23rd. The park will invite the media and other representatives one day in advance to experience the new way of gardening in the epidemic. Visitors must follow the 3.4 km long route designated by the zoo to drive by themselves, and they must not get off the train halfway, so as to achieve zero contact between visitors and staff and animals. The zoo has also produced online audio so that visitors can listen to the explanations on their phones themselves. Zoo Chief Executive Dolf DeJong told reporters from China News Agency that the park spent about a month in planning and preparation to ensure safety while allowing tourists to enjoy the journey.
The epidemic had a huge impact on the operation of the Toronto Zoo, which has about 5,000 animals. Since the temporary closure of the park in mid-March, the zoo has missed key nodes such as spring break and Easter. By early April, the zoo was forced to temporarily lay off 118 non-permanent employees.
In the past May, when the weather was fine, the Toronto Zoo welcomed 10,000 visitors per day. Today, tickets for the first day of this new sightseeing service are hard to come by. De Rong said that this is the first time the garden has tried a new “play method”, so it will control the flow to ensure the viewing experience.
Ottawa-based Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify announced on the 21st that its office will be closed until 2021, and redesigned for remote office, and most of its employees will "permanently" remote office. Since the emergence of a new crown epidemic in Canada in late January, the company's stock price on the Toronto Stock Exchange has risen by nearly 90%.
As of the evening of May 22, Canada had reported a total of 82480 cases, 42594 cases of rehabilitation, and 6250 related deaths. (Finish)