Head of the World Health Organization urged the world not to “squander” the opportunity to suppress and control the coronavirus, such as parliamentarians in Canada and the United States to take steps to get the money flowing to those affected by the economic turmoil caused by COVID the -19 pandemic.
“I think we wasted the first window of opportunities, but we say at this point, in my message, I make it clear that this is the second occasion that we do not squander the need,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Wednesday.
She said locking to the population is buying time and reduce the pressure on the health system – but it would just not putting out this epidemic.
“Before lifting any lockdowns, countries should use this time to train and expand the health workforce, the road to test and adapt the facilities to treat patients,” said Tedros.
“The last thing any country needs is to open schools and businesses, just forced to close them again because of the resurrection,” he said.
In Canada, the government and the opposition parties in Parliament passed the $ 107-billion economic aid package bill to help Canada fight for COVID 19th pandemic.
legislation passed early Wednesday morning after a late-night negotiations tense. It was reviewed by a group of 15 senators, scattered through the room to make sure there is enough physical distance between them, and then received royal assent in the afternoon.
It contains $ 52 billion in direct support payments and $ 55 billion in tax-deferred. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer told CBC’s Power and Politics he refused to “sign over blank check” to the Liberal government and secured many concessions, including limiting its ability to spend more money without parliamentary approval.
Speaking to senators Wednesday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Canada has “lost a great job” now, adding that the government hopes and expects those losses will be temporary.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at a daily briefing outside Rideau Cottage, says nearly one million people applied for employment insurance last week. Trudeau said workers from various departments are being tapped to help process claims for the EI-19 COVID crisis continues.
“We need to make sure that we get the money fast, but also reliable for Canada,” he said.
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