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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."

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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