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Federal government increases funding for COVID-19 research

BY , Mar 6, 2020 6:26 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Minister of Health Patty Hajdu makes her way through the Foyer of the House of Commons to speak with the media Thursday January 30, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The federal government is increasing funding for COVID-19 research from the initial $7 million level to $27 million.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu says applications for the initial amount were overwhelming.

47 research teams will now receive money to work on everything from treating the new coronavirus to getting useful information out on it.

The latest patient in Ontario recently travelled to Las Vegas and used public transit in Toronto for several days before he was tested, but officials say transit riders without symptoms do not need to seek medical help.

Canada's first apparent case of community transmission was reported in British Columbia last night.

There are 51 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the country.

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