Canada’s coronavirus performance hasn’t been perfect. But it’s done far better than the U.S.
“We were able to control the virus better than many of our allies,” he told reporters this month. “Including, particularly, our neighbor.”
He has a point. Canada’s response to the pandemic hasn’t been perfect — Quebec and Ontario suffered substantial outbreaks, authorities enlisted soldiers to help in hard-hit long-term care facilities, and Mexico was so concerned about conditions on farms that it threatened to hold back its migrant workers.
Still, the country has fared far better than the United States. The close allies share similar connections to initial hot spots in China and Europe, and confirmed their first cases within a week of each other in January. But the United States has since reported more than three times as many total infections per capita, and nearly twice as many deaths.
Canadians have taken note. The two countries agreed to close their shared border to nonessential travel in March. Surveys here show that the closure, while economically painful, continues to enjoy wide public support.
“There’s no smugness,” said …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]