Government documents reveal a slow start to Canada’s COVID-19 response

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/covid-19-government-documents-1.5528726

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Bureaucrats were reluctant to monitor travellers from China, consistently claimed risk of COVID-19 was ‘low’ Briefing notes prepared by bureaucrats for federal ministers show just how quickly the COVID-19 situation evolved in Canada — with public health officials stating the risk of transmission in Canada was low right up until early March, only to recommend an ordered shutdown of economic life in this country some two weeks later. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Thursday that it could be as long as a year before normal life returns in Canada — a dramatic change in messaging, considering how Public Health Agency of Canada officials were advising policymakers less than two months ago that COVID-19 risks were low in this country, and that mandatory quarantines for returning travellers would be too difficult to enforce.