The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization after it spread worldwide — with major hotspots in the United States, China, Iran and Italy.
Countries around the world are imposing lockdowns and curfews and asking people to self-isolate or practise social distancing to try to control the spread of the virus.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Saturday that “millions” of medical masks would arrive in Canada from China within 48 hours.
Trudeau said the government is continuing to work “day and night” to source personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line workers.
He said the government is working with international suppliers, as well as Canadian manufacturers to secure the PPE.
He said, though, that his government was not planning retaliatory measures against the U.S., after news broke Friday that President Donald Trump had asked Minnesota-based company 3M not to supply N95 respirators to Canada.
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