© Reuters. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a press conference in Ottawa
By Rod Nickel
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Plans to restart the Canadian provinces do not depend on the assumption that people infected with coronavirus will develop immunity to it, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday.
The World Health Organization previously said there is "no evidence" that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.
"I don't think there are plans that depend on certain people being immune to COVID-19," Trudeau said in his daily briefing in Ottawa, adding that the province's plans are focused on spreading through social Prevent distancing and protective equipment in the workplace.
"(Immunity) is something we need clearer answers to, and until we have these clear answers, we have to be more careful on the side."
In a scientific report, the United Nations agency warned governments not to issue "immunity passes" or "risk-free certificates" to infected people because their accuracy could not be guaranteed.
New Brunswick is the first Canadian province to reopen parts of its economy. Saskatchewan has presented a plan for reopening in May.
Trudeau met provincial premieres on Friday to discuss their restart plans. The measures will be different since infection rates vary between provinces, but require national coordination, he said.
Canada's COVID-19 deaths rose 7% from the previous day to 2,350. The cases reached more than 44,000.
About 80% of Canadian cases are in Quebec and Ontario, where there are numerous outbreaks in nursing homes.
Even so, a small protest in front of the Ontario legislature on Saturday called for easing public health measures.
"It is irresponsible, ruthless, and selfish," said Prime Minister Doug Ford at a briefing about the call to relax the restrictions. "It burns me."
Such protests were smaller in Canada than in the United States, where republican politicians and individuals associated with President Donald Trump's re-election campaign organize or promote protests against the ban.
Also on Saturday, Trudeau announced funding for the country's fish and seafood processors, whose businesses have been damaged by the coronavirus pandemic.
The government will provide $ 62.5 million ($ 44.32 million) to purchase worker protective equipment or storage space for products to sell later.
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