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Second wave of virus could cut GDP by nearly 10 per cent, experts looks to future of relief programs

By Aidan Chamandy      

A recent OECD study looked at the economic impact of a second wave of COVID-19, and suggested it could cause nearly a double-digit drop in Canada's GDP.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 11, 2020, touring the Régimbal Awards and Promotions assembly line in Ottawa with owner Luc Régimbal and Ottawa-Vanier Liberal MP Mona Fortier all wearing face masks. Founded in 1926, the company's main services include lazer computerized engraving, etching, silkscreen printing, and sublimation colour transfer, but it's also now making face masks. As provinces begin to reopen, personal protective equipment will become increasingly important to stem the spread of COVID-19. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A recent Léger poll suggests the public is picking up on what public health officials have been warning for months: a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is possible, even likely, if existing preventative measures aren’t kept in place.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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