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The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization after it spread worldwide.

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.

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

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided an update on Canada’s efforts to procure personal protective equipment and manufacture some supplies domestically. He said the country has received more than 100 million surgical masks and almost 40 millions gloves and signed a contract for millions of syringes in preparation for a vaccine.

Trudeau also said the federal government is now funding four Canadian companies working on “what may be breakthrough solutions for COVID-19 rapid testing.”

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