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In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of April 7 ... COVID-19 in Canada ...
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Apr 7, 2020 11:52 AM By: Canadian Press
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of April 7 ...

COVID-19 in Canada ...

The coveted N95 respirators will continue to come to Canada from a Minnesota-based company while the country keeps rolling out a financial assistance program Tuesday.

3M says it will maintain its exports to Canada and Latin America after reaching a deal with the White House, ending a days-long saga.

Face masks have been a major storyline during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3M has been at the centre of a clash with U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration over its reluctance to abide by orders to prioritize American demand for the masks.

Some of the N95 masks will be coming from the company's manufacturing facilities in China, which is how 3M says it will meet at least some of the ever-increasing American demand while still filling orders in other countries.

Meanwhile, people with birthdays in April, May and June can apply today for the $500-a-week Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

The program is for people who have lost their income because of the pandemic.

Scientists who track the growth of pandemics say some figures provided by public health officials tell more about the spread of the novel coronavirus than others.

Daniel Coombs says the number of people admitted to hospitals tells him where COVID-19 stands in a community, a province or across the entire country.

The mathematics professor at the University of British Columbia's institute of applied mathematics said those numbers best indicate the daily status of COVID-19.

The number of new positive tests and reports of how many people have recovered are less important, said Coombs, who has also conducted research on overdose prevention efforts during B.C.'s ongoing illicit opioid overdose epidemic.

"Of all the statistics being reported, I would probably put the least weight on the recovery rate," he said in a recent interview. "It's nice information. The numbers I'm really paying attention to at the moment are the numbers of people in hospital, and the number of people in intensive care units and the numbers of deaths."

President Donald Trump disputed the veracity of a federal survey that found hospitals faced severe shortages of coronavirus test supplies, questioning whether its conclusions were skewed by politics.

With coronavirus cases rocketing toward their expected peak, the nonpartisan Health and Human Services inspector general's office reported Monday morning that a shortage of tests and long waits for results were at the root of mounting problems faced by hospitals.

â??Hospitals reported that severe shortages of testing supplies and extended waits for test results limited (their) ability to monitor the health of patients and staff,â?쳌 the report said.

Three out of 4 U.S. hospitals told the inspector general's office they are already treating patients with ...

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