Trudeau warns premature reopening could send Canada ‘back into confinement’

FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable/File Photo

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that if provinces move too quickly to reopen their economies, a flare-up of the coronavirus pandemic could send Canada “back into confinement this summer.”

Trudeau, who represents a Montreal, Quebec riding, said on Saturday that he is concerned about the virus’ spread in that province, the country’s epicenter.

Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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