The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization after it spread worldwide — with major hotspots in the United States, China, Iran and Italy.
Countries around the world are imposing lockdowns and curfews and asking people to self-isolate or practise social distancing to try to control the spread of the virus.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an address to Canadians on Sunday that the country has put a call out for volunteers to support frontline health-care workers. Canada is also offering full-time jobs to Canadian Forces reservists.
Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) opened on Monday. The program offers Canadians who’ve lost their jobs over the COVID-19 pandemic cash payments of $2,000 a month.
Trudeau is expected to offer an update on his government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak on Tuesday.
According to his official itinerary, he will address Canadians from Rideau Cottage at 11:15 a.m. ET.
Global News will stream his speech here.
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