Coronavirus outbreak: Pallister calls for federal emergency reserve to manage COVID-19 crisis | FULL

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Published on 06 Apr 2020 / In News & Politics

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister provided an update on Monday in regards to the COVID-19 response across the province. Provincial health officials spoke shortly after the premier with an update on the province's COVID-19 cases and measures being taken to curb the pandemic.

Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced one new case of COVID-19 in the province on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 204. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths remains at two, he added.

Also, Roussin said that in addition to practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, people are encouraged to wear non-medical face masks to protect others from catching the virus through droplet spread, echoing the advice of Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam. He stressed that wearing the mask does not protect the individual wearing it from catching the virus, rather, it could help prevent further spread of the virus.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said that as Canadian provinces begin to run out of money and enter further debt situations due to spending to counter the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government should create a "federal emergency reserve." Pallister said that he and the other premiers have been in talks about this idea and have recently proposed it to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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