Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has baselessly claimed that Britain is facing a 'very serious third wave' of coronavirus cases despite his own country suffering with the pandemic, having recently overtaken the US for the first time on virus cases per capita.
Cases in the North American country, which was praised by pundits for its early response to the coronavirus outbreak, recently hit 207.3 per million people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University - exceeding even the staggering 206.7 per million recorded in the US.
On Monday, Canada recorded a record 10,859 new cases compared to 2,491 cases on the same day in the UK - a resurgence which infectious disease experts blame on 'pandemic fatigue', the early lifting of lockdown curbs and the appearance of more transmissible variants.
While Britain roars ahead with its hugely successful vaccine rollout, with more than 32 million people having already received a first dose and now being offered the jab to over-45s in England, Canada has inoculated just a fifth of its population against the virus.
The Canadian government even suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in under-55s amid frenzied concerns it could cause blood clots in young people, and especially women - despite the claims of EU regulators that the shot does not cause the rare phenomenon.