Keep your guard up, Tam urges Canadians as COVID-19 disrupts Easter for second year

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Canada's chief public health officer is urging people to keep their guard up as COVID-19 disrupts Easter celebrations for a second year.

Theresa Tam wrote on Twitter that Canadians need to be careful since the more contagious variants of concern "could be anywhere."

Quebec reported 1,154 new cases today, including 779 presumptive cases involving variants, as the province's health minister warned that infection rates were rising in some parts of the province.

New Brunswick logged 11 new cases of COVID-19 and Nova Scotia recorded seven, while several other provinces chose not to release new numbers due to the holiday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged in a video message that COVID-19 has forced Canadians to celebrate Easter differently for a second straight year, and that many people are having to forego in-person church services and family dinners.

He urged Canadians to check up on loved ones who are isolated and to find other ways to celebrate, adding that the COVID-19 crisis will soon be over.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 4, 2021

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