OTTAWA, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Canada is planning to allocate over 1 billion Canadian dollars (about 724 million U.S. dollars) to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, Canada's television network CTV reported on Wednesday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce a plan at a press conference here on Wednesday morning which will focus on the government's preparation for the public health threats and economic impacts from the virus, CTV reported.
According to CTV, the announcement will include three major spending commitments -- additional funding for research, more support for provinces with potential spread of the virus, and employment insurance assistance for workers in self-isolation.
It added that a total of 1.9 billion Canadian dollars (about 1.38 billion dollars) are already underway to support the country's health sector.
So far, at least 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death have been reported in Canada.