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Omicron: Canada-US response

Canada is not the United States. And I think we all know that very deeply. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Canada, Christiaan Freeland, spoke strongly to the people. But why is it necessary to remind citizens that Canada is not the United States?

Canada has been extremely cautious from the beginning about the new variant Omicron of the Covid. As part of the precautionary measures, travel abroad is being discouraged unless absolutely necessary, shopping malls, cinema halls, restaurants have been instructed to serve half the capacity of customers, 25 outside and more than 10 inside the house have been banned. A virtual lockdown environment has been created all over Canada. Medical scientists, starting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are urging citizens to avoid public gatherings.

Come back to the words of Christia Freeland. “Canada is not the United States,” he said, adding that “our country has taken a completely different step in the fight against cowardice.” I think we are aware and proud of the sovereign choice of our country. Earlier in the day, President of the United States Joe Biden gave a speech on television.

He told citizens that despite the proliferation of new variants of Covid omikron, Americans who have been vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine will be able to rally as much as they want during Christmas. Addressing the citizens, he said that if you have been vaccinated, then you should be comfortable in celebrating Christmas and holidays with your loved ones.

“There are a lot of vaccines in America now, so there’s nothing to worry about,” he said. Joe Biden’s speech was broadcast on television. Canadians have heard that speech. Canada has warned its citizens not to follow the head of state of the neighboring country. Not just Christian Freeland. Justin Trudeau also contradicted Joe Biden. Justin Trudeau told the citizens, “In the future, we have to be like hiding in a cave.” He noted that Canadians are going through a tough winter this time around.

Justin Trudeau’s clear message – to gather as little as possible at Christmas, not to associate with anyone except family members and close relatives. Both Justin Trudeau and Christiaan Freeland have reminded citizens of the death toll in Covid in the United States. Many Canadian analysts heard former President Donald Trump’s voice in Joe Biden’s speech. And the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister in a joint press briefing reminded the citizens – Canada but not the United States.

People in the United States and Canada tend to prioritize their own needs, even though the emotional distance between them is very small. The biggest thing is that the people of Canada respect the law. The way their government has reminded them of the horrors of Omicron, it is easy to assume that civil society will be quite aware of the question of self-defense. However, Canadians are also paying attention to the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 global warming. It can be expected that they will continue to protect the two shores. And while they may see the government’s response to Omicron as appropriate, it remains to be seen how tolerant they will be in dealing with Omicron, which has a far-reaching impact on their lives.

At the same time, Bangladesh also needs to remember. Not Bangladesh, Canada or the United States. The way the United States has dealt with Omicron is not applicable to Bangladesh. Bangladesh does not have the capacity to deal with any disaster that countries like Canada or the United States have. In this situation, there is no alternative to increase public awareness. Omicron has also been identified in Bangladesh. Therefore, the people have to play a key role in the defense system.

Author: Expatriate Journalist.

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