Canada ready to help China contain coronavirus if it asks: PM

Posted In: News Date:Feb 10th, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is standing by to assist China if it asks for more help to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak which originated there.

Trudeau said Sunday that Canada already had responded to China's request for medical equipment, including face masks and other protective gear.

Speaking at a news conference near the end of his three-day visit to Ethiopia on Sunday, Trudeau said the virus poses a low threat to health in Canada.

"The measures we have taken on as recommended by the World Health Organization and our own chief medical officer are effective until now," Trudeau said.

"We continue to monitor the situation internationally, work with our partners, particularly the WHO, to make sure that everything we're doing is consistent with what needs to happen to keep Canadians safe."