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Canada to spend $2 bn on medical equipment as COVID-19 toll rises

OTTAWA: Canada will spend $2 billion (USD 1.43 billion) on medical equipment as hospitals fear shortages in the face of the accelerating coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday.
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 sanitiser, Trudeau said at his daily press conference. (AFP)