Mar 30, 2020 02:02 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Mar 30, 2020 06:20 Asia/Tehran]
  • Trudeau: Canada's army not needed right now to help combat coronavirus spread

Canada is not planning for the moment to use troops to help combat a spreading coronavirus outbreak, although the option remains on the table, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday.

Iran Press/America: Trudeau was non-committal when asked about deploying troops to help Quebec or other provinces.

“We are prepared for all kinds of different situations. Of course, Canadians know very well that members of the armed forces are always ready to help when they are needed,” he said.

“For the time being, no one has made specific requests about this and there are no plans now to carry out operations in Canada with the armed forces,” he told a daily briefing, later adding that “we are not closing the door to any scenario”.

All 10 provinces have declared states of emergency and ordered people to stay home. The number of cases rose to 6,280 from 5,655 on Saturday, while the death toll climbed to 63 from 61, according to a tally of provincial announcements compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

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