Canada announced $1 billion in federal funds to combat coronavirus Wednesday amid an outbreak there, according to the Toronto Star newspaper.  

The money, announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will be directed to provinces and territories in efforts to stem the spread of the virus known as COVID-19.

“It includes $200 million for resources such as surgical masks and face shields and $275 million for research including vaccine development and clinical trials,” according to the newspaper.

Canada reported its first death from the virus Monday. A male resident of a Vancouver nursing home who was in his 80s died

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