The Government of Canada has announced a National Day of Observance for COVID-19.
On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that March 11, 2021, would serve to commemorate the more than 22,000 Canadians who have lost their lives to the virus.
The designation will also act as an observance of the “significant impacts” felt across the country over the last year.
“Early last year, our lives, and the lives of everyone around the world, were forever changed by the emergence of COVID-19,” Trudeau said.
“In recognition of how far we have come and how far we still have to go, the Government of Canada is designating March 11, 2021, as a National Day of Observance.”
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He said that the virus has had an “immeasurable impact” on how we work, learn, connect with others, and live our daily lives.
The prime minister acknowledged that every Canadian has experienced sacrifice and loss over the last year, from missing an event to feeling isolated to losing a job.
He mentioned, in particular, the dedication of the country’s healthcare and frontline workers, who have put themselves at risk time and time again for the benefit of their compatriots.
“I invite all Canadians to join together in honouring the memory of those we have lost, and the people they left behind,” Trudeau said
“We will also recognize everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19, and pay tribute to all those who continue to work hard and make incredible sacrifices in our fight against the virus. Together, we will beat COVID-19.”
To date, Canada has seen 886,574 cases of COVID-19, and 22,239 virus-related deaths.