Medical equipment: Trudeau cannot guarantee anything in these pandemic times

The federal government will “absolutely” use its supply of masks to transfer them to Quebec, which fears they will run out before the end of the week.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday morning that Ottawa is expecting deliveries soon and has promised to do everything to ensure there are no shortages of equipment across the country.

However, in terms of ensuring that there will be no shortage of medical equipment in the country, the Prime Minister cannot.

“In this situation, we cannot guarantee anything,” said Trudeau.

Canada was approaching 10,000 cases of COVID-19 disease on Wednesday morning. Ontario reported a jump of 426 cases; that’s a 22 percent increase.

The number of Ontario cases has so far been underestimated given the number of tests the province has had.

In addition, the federal Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, was to give details of the wage subsidy offered to companies that lost at least 30 per cent of their revenues due to the pandemic on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Conservative elected officials are already calling for another return from Parliament since the Trudeau government’s aid plan has been modified since the adoption of C-13 just a few days ago.


Number of cases

There are now 9017 confirmed and probable cases in Canada, including 105 deaths.

Distribution of cases across the country, according to the most recent provincial reports available: 4,162 in Quebec, including 31 deaths; 2,392 in Ontario, including 37 deaths; 1,013 in British Columbia, including 24 deaths; 754 in Alberta, including nine deaths; 184 in Saskatchewan, including two deaths; 152 in Newfoundland and Labrador, including one death; 147 in Nova Scotia; 103 in Manitoba, including one death; 70 in New Brunswick; 21 in Prince Edward Island; five cases in the Yukon; only one case in the Northwest Territories. No cases have been reported in Nunavut.

In addition to these provincial reports, there are 13 cases among passengers repatriated from the cruise ship Grand Princess on March 10.

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