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Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau announces deal with GM to produce 10 million masks
Speaking to reporters Tuesday outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a federal contract with General Motors (GM) to produce 10 million face masks and help employment in Oshawa, Ont.

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 hot spots in the United States, China, Iran and Italy.

Countries around the world imposed lockdowns and curfews, and asked people to self-isolate or practise social distancing to try to control the spread of the virus.

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Now, months after those moves, several countries are cautiously reopening — including many jurisdictions in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed on Tuesday that he has read a “very troubling” report by Canadian military members that details conditions they’ve observed in some Ontario nursing homes where they’ve been deployed amid the pandemic.

The federal government will be there to help as the province takes action, Trudeau said.

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The prime minister also announced that the federal government has contracted General Motors to produce 10 million face masks in Canada’s ongoing quest to procure highly sought personal protective equipment.