Coronavirus: Trudeau says Ottawa will help provinces in fight against COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says provincial health authorities won’t be alone in their fight against the novel coronavirus because the federal government will ensure they have the resources to contain and treat cases.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has said that Canada is preparing for a pandemic outbreak, though the risk of contracting the illness known as COVID-19 here is still low.

That preparation includes increasing lab capacity to test possible cases and making sure provincial hospitals have the surge capacity, supplies and ventilators to treat an influx of potentially contagious patients.

Trudeau said Tuesday the federal government has been working closely with the provinces to make sure they have what they need.

“We recognize that the coronavirus presents a particular and very real challenge to health-care systems across the country and indeed around the world,” he said.

“We’re all going to be working together to make sure that the impacts are minimized on Canadians.”

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