What Abroad and Canada Is Doing to Flatten the Curve

Canada has always been a world leader, the nation others look to in times of crisis, and this time around is no different. The Canadian government has responded quickly to the news of the global COVID-19 pandemic, putting in place measures to keep its citizens safe and taking steps to ensure all Canadians are getting the financial support they need.

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The COVID-19 health crisis continues to pose a growing concern around the world. Experts are particularly concerned with the ways in which US authorities have been handling the growing crisis, stating that the country will likely see more than 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths. It is expected that the repercussions for the economy will be catastrophic.

Meanwhile, the Canadian government has responded quickly to the news of the global COVID-19 pandemic, putting in place measures to take care of its citizens and safeguard the economy as much as possible. Canada was able to observe the response of other countries facing the crisis before COVID-19 came to Canada. It was quick at shutting down schools and non-essential businesses in order to discourage the spread of the virus.

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Research and Developments

The Canadian government is investing $275 million towards research to fight COVID-19. The funding will mainly go to researchers across the country with a focus on developing and implementing measures to rapidly detect, manage, and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Researchers have been mandated to come up with rapid tests as well as working towards the development of a vaccine. Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu signed an interim order to provincial labs to prioritize testing for COVID-19. This should speed up the process and increase testing across Canada.

Tracking the Virus in Canada and Abroad

This tool has been created in order to keep Canadians informed, providing up-to-the-minute data about the spread of the coronavirus.

While the numbers continue to grow, Canada remains relatively under control, especially compared to the United States which has surpassed both China and Italy and is now the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canadian government has announced the launch of a new benefit for anyone experiencing income loss due to COVID-19. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will  provide up to $2000 a month for 4 months for Canadians, and would apply to individuals who may not qualify for EI, including contract workers and the self-employed.