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Canadian military ready to mobilize 24,000 troops for COVID 19: defence minister

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the government is ready to mobilize around a quarter of the force at a moment’s notice if required


March 30, 2020
By The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says 24,000 Canadian troops are ready to jump into action to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal government says it has not received any formal requests for assistance from provinces or municipalities.

But Sajjan says the government is ready to mobilize around a quarter of the force at a moment’s notice should they be required.

That includes putting 10 Canadian Army units into a high state of readiness as well as Navy ships and Air Force aircraft and crew.

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The commander of the Navy’s Atlantic forces this afternoon ordered the crews of two frigates as well as a helicopter detachment to remain sequestered in a Halifax hotel for two weeks.

Rear-Admiral Craig Baines says the move is intended to make sure the service members do not contract COVID-19 and are ready to respond if and when they are required.

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