Canada to spend USD 2bn on medical equipment as virus toll rises


PTI, Apr 1, 2020, 8:31 AM IST

Ottawa: Canada will spend 2 billion dollars (USD 1.43 billion) on medical equipment as hospitals fear shortages in the face of the accelerating coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.

The move came as the country reached the grim milestone of 100 deaths, and as nearly 8,500 cases were reported by mid-day.

“For some equipment, we have supply for three to seven days only,” said Francois Legault, premier of Quebec the province most affected, with nearly half of the cases in Canada.

The money dispensed from the capital Ottawa will be used to buy “personal protective equipment” such as masks, visors, gowns and hand sanitizer, Trudeau said at his daily press conference.

Deliveries of some parts could take a few weeks, he acknowledged.

“The entire world is trying to get its hands on the various equipment needed to fight this virus. That is why we know that it will be important to be able to have ‘made in Canada solutions’,” Trudeau said on Tuesday.

In particular, Canada has ordered more than 60 million N95 masks, a “key piece” to protect caregivers from infection, said Public Services and Supply Minister Anita Anand.

“Delivery of these will begin this week,” she said, with orders expected from China.

The government has also secured commitments from other manufacturers for the supply of 157 million surgical masks, the minister added.

Ottawa has also ordered 1,570 respirators from companies in Canada, Europe and the United States, and is working to secure another 4,000, she said.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Row over documentary poster showing Goddess Kali smoking

Suniel Shetty, Vivek Oberoi to star in MX Player series ‘Dharavi Bank’

FIR in Chhattisgarh against BJP MPs for fake Rahul Gandhi video: Cong

Your next big star might come from public ground: HC tells BCCI; asks it to provide basic facilities to budding cricketers

Civic workers protest: Protest to end only after written assurance from state govt

It’s 2022. Why do we still not have waterproof phones?

MP: Tribal woman set afire over land row critical; 5 persons arrested so far


Related Articles More

At least 19 killed as bus falls into ravine in southwest Pakistan

Musk meets Pope, uses Twitter to announce the audience

Ship sinks in storm off Hong Kong, dozens of crew in danger

12 US lawmakers urge Biden to hold India accountable in WTO for its ‘trade-distorting practices’

Strong earthquake kills 5 in southern Iran

MUST WATCH

NEWS BULLETIN 03-07-2022

The deer swallowed 80 kg. A python weighing 14 feet long!

Vitla College Student doing Good Job

Rowdysheeter parade at Koppala

Mangaluru : 13-year-old boy cooks up attack story case twist


Latest Additions

Row over documentary poster showing Goddess Kali smoking

Suniel Shetty, Vivek Oberoi to star in MX Player series ‘Dharavi Bank’

FIR in Chhattisgarh against BJP MPs for fake Rahul Gandhi video: Cong

Your next big star might come from public ground: HC tells BCCI; asks it to provide basic facilities to budding cricketers

Civic workers protest: Protest to end only after written assurance from state govt

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.