Canada is stepping up its efforts to tackle coronavirus
Canada is now taking major steps to tackle coronavirus; on Wednesday, Justin Trudeau announced the creation of a new Cabinet committee to address the unprecedented issue.
The Prime Minister’s office said the committee will "complement the work being done by the Incident Response Group."
It will convene regularly to "ensure whole-of-government leadership, coordination and preparedness for a response to the health and economic impacts of the virus."
Our top priority is keeping Canadians safe. With COVID-19 spreading around the world, we are creating a new Cabinet committee to build on the work we’ve been doing to prevent & limit the spread of the virus in Canada, and to monitor its economic impacts. https://t.co/IduoI0VXxu— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 4, 2020
In total, the committee will be comprised of eight members.
Members include Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland — who will chair the committee — as well as President of the Treasury Board Jean-Yves Duclos and Minister of Health Patty Hajdu.
The other members are as follows: Navdeep Bains, Bill Blair, Mélanie Joly, Bill Morneau, Carla Qualtrough.
To date, Canada has 33 confirmed cases of coronavirus: 20 in Ontario, 12 in B.C., and one in Quebec.
The worldwide coronavirus outbreak has impacted 80,000+ people in over 75 countries. Although the World Health Organization has declared the virus a global health emergency, the risk to Canadians remains low.
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