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Quebec, Apr 17 (Canadian-Media): At the request of Quebec for help at its long-term care homes struggling with growing COVID-19 outbreak, more than 100 Canadian Forces members with medical training will be sent to Quebec, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday, media reports said.
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While announcing several new funding initiatives Friday, including a plan to help the energy sector, Trudeau said that the federal government will keep working with Quebec to find ways to support the province, including working with the Red Cross and specialized volunteers who have signed up with Health Canada.
Thursday saw more than 90 percent of COVID-19-related deaths among people were over 60, Health officials in Canada said, but they also said the homeless and people with unstable housing situations are at increased risk.
Although about 2,000 specialist doctors had signed up to help provide care to the elderly, Quebec Premier François Legault said Thursday, but he noted challenge of integrating the physicians into the system.
Several other provinces, including Ontario, B.C., and Alberta, have reported multiple outbreaks in long-term care facilities. While most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, seniors and people with underlying health issues are more at risk of severe disease and death.
As of 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Canada had 31,642 presumptive and confirmed coronavirus cases. The provinces and territories that provide data on recoveries listed 10,332 cases as recovered or resolved.