Canadian soldiers deploy to northern Quebec during coronavirus pandemic


The Canadian Forces are on their way to northern Quebec to help communities respond to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is responding to a call from the Quebec government.

“As I said, our members, our CAF are always ready to do so to fight COVID-19,” he said on Friday. “Our troops will help.”

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The military deployment is expected to help authorities in remote communities overcome the outbreaks. There are over 5,000 confirmed cases in Quebec.

Trudeau explained that the Rangers will install tents and medical infrastructure, among other things.

The announcement comes amid a lockout in Nunavik, a region in northern Quebec where there are two confirmed cases of the disease.

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The regional health council said that as of Friday, non-essential thefts are no longer permitted and emergency response teams are being put in place in municipalities to deal with a potential increase in cases.

The provincial government has also suppressed entry and exit in parts of northern Quebec to protect citizens from the virus. Police checkpoints are in place to limit non-essential movement.

With files from the Canadian Press

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