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One million masks purchased in Canada not useable: govt

One million masks purchased in Canada not useable: govt

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a person holding a sign: An Ottawa Public Health officer hands out protective gear to a person in line at a COVID-19 testing center in March 2020
© Dave Chan An Ottawa Public Health officer hands out protective gear to a person in line at a COVID-19 testing center in March 2020

The Canadian government said Friday that one million KN95 masks imported from China did not meet its strict standards and so could not be distributed to frontline health  workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Public Health Agency of Canada “has identified approximately one million KN95 masks as non-compliant with specifications for healthcare settings,” a spokesman told AFP.

“These items were not distributed to provinces and territories for frontline health care response, and are being subsequently assessed for use in non-healthcare settings,” he said.

Chinese model KN95 masks are similar to N95 masks, as well as the FFP2 model used in Europe.

“Much of the world’s supply is manufactured in China and moving materials out of that country is highly complex,” said Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand.

The relationship between Ottawa and Beijing has been on the rocks ever since the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, in December 2018 in Vancouver.

  • Slide 48 of 50: ANKARA, TURKEY - APRIL 23: Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop, Vice President of Turkey, Fuat Oktay, Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party's (MHP) Leader Devlet Bahceli, Leader of the Good (IYI) Party, Meral Aksener, Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu along with ministers and MPs pose for a photo during their visit to Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, on the National Sovereignty and Children's Day in Ankara, Turkey on April 23, 2020. Turkey celebrates the National Sovereignty and Childrenâs Day as well as the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the parliament. The celebrations focus on children because Mustafa Kemal Ataturk emphasized that children are the nation's future. Participants of the celebrations wear face masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Ali Balikci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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  • Slide 49 of 50: VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA - APRIL 23, 2020: Emergency paramedics ahead of a house call at the Vladivostok medical emergency service during the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Yuri Smityuk/TASS (Photo by Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)
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  • Slide 50 of 50: A village resident (left) is helped by Georgia Riches, landlady of the Bull Inn public house in Bethersden, Kent. The pub has opened a not for profit community shop set up in the car park, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Slide 1 of 50: Firefighters attend the funeral of chief Luis Paez after he died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and whose wife died of the same reason a few days earlier, in Guayaquil, Ecuador April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Santiago Arcos     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Firefighters attend the funeral of chief Luis Paez after he died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and whose wife died of the same reason a few days earlier, on April 24 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Slide 2 of 50: CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: The catafalque party mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Solider during the Anzac Day commemorative service at the Australian War Memorial on April 25, 2020 in Canberra, Australia.  The traditional Dawn Service, National Ceremony and veterans march did not take place this year following restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing measures in place as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic with people encouraged to engage with Anzac Day commemorations from home. (Photo by Alex Ellinghausen-Pool via Getty Images)
The catafalque party mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Solider during the Anzac Day commemorative service at the Australian War Memorial on April 25, in Canberra, Australia. The traditional Dawn Service, National Ceremony and veterans march did not take place this year.
Slide 3 of 50: 24 April 2020, Thuringia, Weimar: Sven Schmidt, owner of a Weimar restaurant, places a chair from his restaurant on the Theaterplatz in front of the Goethe-Schiller monument. In several German cities, restaurateurs want to draw attention to their situation in the Corona crisis with empty chairs throughout the day. They hope that their restaurants and bars will open soon. Photo: Martin Schutt/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa (Photo by Martin Schutt/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Sven Schmidt, owner of a Weimar restaurant, places a chair from his restaurant on the Theaterplatz in front of the Goethe-Schiller monument on April 24, Thuringia, Weimar, Germany. In several German cities, restaurateurs want to draw attention to their situation in the Corona crisis with empty chairs throughout the day. They hope that their restaurants and bars will open soon.
Slide 4 of 50: This Friday, April 24, 2020, photo shows the stands with no audience at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Taiwan’s five-team Chinese Professional Baseball League is barring spectators over concerns of spreading the coronavirus in a crowded space. But Taiwan has relatively few cases of COVID-19, so the league decided it was safe to let in players, coaches, cheerleaders, costumed mascots, face mask-wearing batboys and the media. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Stands with no audience at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan on April 24. Taiwan’s five-team Chinese Professional Baseball League is barring spectators over concerns of spreading the coronavirus in a crowded space.
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Signs reading “I support health care personnel” are seen in the windows of the Abedules De Santafe residential complex, where a doctor who said he was threatened with death resides, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 24 in Bogota, Colombia.
Slide 5 of 50: Signs reading "I support health care personnel" are seen in the windows of the Abedules De Santafe residential complex, where a doctor who said he was threatened with death resides, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bogota, Colombia April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
Worshippers perform Taraweeh prayer at Kaaba in the Grand Mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia April 24.
Slide 6 of 50: Worshippers perform Taraweeh prayer at Kaaba in the Grand Mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Ganoo Essa
A delivery robot with food drives through the streets of Eimsbüttel on its way from the organic food store “Bio.lose” to a customer. The Starship delivery robot, which has been upgraded with sensors, cameras, GPS and radar, brings food from retailers or restaurateurs to the customers on April 24 in Hamburg, Germany.
Slide 7 of 50: 24 April 2020, Hamburg: A delivery robot with food drives through the streets of Eimsbüttel on its way from the organic food store "Bio.lose" to a customer. The Starship delivery robot, which has been upgraded with sensors, cameras, GPS and radar, brings food from retailers or restaurateurs to the customers. Photo: Christian Charisius/dpa (Photo by Christian Charisius/picture alliance via Getty Images)
The crew of the Airbus A340-600 of the airline “South African Airlines” met after landing from Cape Town in their protective clothing on board for a photo on April 24. It was the last return flight of the German government for the time being.
Slide 8 of 50: dpatop - 24 April 2020, Hessen, Frankfurt/Main: The crew of the Airbus A340-600 of the airline "South African Airlines" met after landing from Cape Town in their protective clothing on board for a photo. It was the last return flight of the German government for the time being. Photo: Silas Stein/dpa (Photo by Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Firefighters wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) spray disinfectant to curb the spread of coronavirus in Yangon, Myanmar, on April 24.
Slide 9 of 50: Firefighters wearing PPE (Personal protective equipment) spray disinfectant to curb the spread of coronavirus, near Sule pagoda at downtown area in Yangon, Myanmar, 24 April 2020. Countries around the world are taking increased measures to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. Disinfection amid coronavirus pandemic in Yangon, Myanmar - 25 Apr 2020
Pitrik van der Lubbe waves from a crane to his 88-year-old father Henk, right, whom he has not seen in over 4 weeks at nursing home Hanepraij in Gouda, Netherlands, on April 24. The crane was made available for free by a company to allow family members to see their loved ones in isolation because of the coronavirus.
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Nurses on their knees conduct a race in the corridors of the COVID-19 unit during a break at the Etterbeek-Ixelles site of the Iris Sud Hospitals in Brussels, Belgium, on April 24, amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Slide 10 of 50: Pitrik van der Lubbe waves from a crane to his 88-year-old father Henk, right, whom he has not seen in over 4 weeks at nursing home Hanepraij in Gouda, Netherlands, Friday, April 24, 2020. The crane was made available for free by a company to allow family members to see their loved ones in isolation because of the coronavirus.
Men attend a Friday prayer despite concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, at a mosque during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Lhokseumawe, Indonesia, on April 24.
Slide 11 of 50: Nurses on their knees conduct a race in the corridors of the COVID-19 unit during a break at the Etterbeek-Ixelles site of the Iris Sud Hospitals in Brussels, Belgium, 24 April 2020, amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Countries worldwide increased their measures to prevent the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease. Coronavirus situation in Belgium, Brussels - 24 Apr 2020
A California sea lion performs during an online show at the Nyiregyhaza Animal Park in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, on April 24, amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Slide 12 of 50: Muslim men attend a Friday prayer despite concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, at a mosque during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Lhokseumawe, in the religiously conservative province of Aceh, Indonesia, Friday, April 24, 2020. During Ramadan, which begins Friday, faithful Muslims normally fast during the day and then congregate for night prayers and share communal meals.
An aerial image taken with a drone shows a view of the Grand Theatre, located on the nearly-empty Place de Neuve square in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 24.
Slide 13 of 50: A California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) performs during an online show at the Nyiregyhaza Animal Park in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, 24 April 2020, amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The closed zoo offered the show for virtual visitors due to the lockdown to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease. Closed zoo offers online show in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary - 24 Apr 2020
A father and his son get together at the border during a demonstration against the closed German-polish border on April 24, in Goerlitz, Germany.
Slide 14 of 50: An aerial image taken with a drone shows a view of the Grand Theatre, located on the nearly-empty Place de Neuve square in downtown Geneva, Switzerland, 24 April 2020. The streets of Switzerland's second-largest city appear almost completely deserted as the alpine nation continues its lockdown in a bid to slow down the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Streets of Geneva remain empty amid coronavirus pandemic, Switzerland - 24 Apr 2020
General view of planes of Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Bamboo Airways grounded at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, on April 24.
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Barclays Center hosts a mobile food pantry for New Yorkers impacted by Covid-19 pandemic on April 24, in Brooklyn, New York.
Slide 15 of 50: GOERLITZ, GERMANY - APRIL 24: A father and his son get together at the border during a demonstration against the closed german-polish border on April 24, 2020 in Goerlitz, Germany. Poland and Czech Republic decided to close the border at midnight between 14th and 15th of March to Germany trying to stop spreading of Corona virus. Background of these protests is the restriction for polish people, who have to commute everyday to Germany because of their work or school. If they cross the border to Poland again they have to be quarantined. Thats why many polish workers lost their job or had to stay in Germany separated from their families. Another reason for the protests are the restrictions for the civil society and their transboundary dedication.
Municipal watering trucks spray disinfectant liquid on an avenue in downtown Moscow, Russia, on April 24.
Slide 16 of 50: General view of planes of the Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, and Bamboo Airways grounded at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, 24 April 2020. The Ministry of Transport has recently allowed to reopen some domestic flights, as well as increasing the flight frequency between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Vietnam reopens some domestic flights, Hanoi, Viet Nam - 24 Apr 2020
A soldier wearing a protective suit helps a Buddhist monk carry his luggage bag at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 24.
Slide 17 of 50: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - APRIL 24: Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center Partner With Food Bank For New York City To Host Mobile Food Pantry For New Yorkers Impacted By Covid-19 Pandemic at Barclays Center on April 24, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York.
People wearing face masks walk under fluttering Koinobori, traditional Japanese carp-shaped windsocks that are hung from April to early May to wish a good health for children, following the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, on April 24.
Slide 18 of 50: Municipal watering trucks spray disinfectant liquid on an avenue in downtown Moscow, Russia, 24 April 2020. This is the fifth mass disinfection of public spaces undertaken in Moscow so far in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Empty chairs with notes reading “Our business needs help” stand in front of Berlin’s landmark the Brandenburg Gate, during a protest of gastronomers, on April 24, in Germany. Due to the coronavirus all bars and restaurants are still closed, with this campaign their owners protest against that shutdown.
Slide 19 of 50: A soldier wearing a protective suit helps a Buddhist monk to carry his luggage bag at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. Thailand has so far reported 2,854 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus with most of the cases reported in the Capital city of Bangkok. Buddhist monks arrive at Don Mueang Airport amid Coronavirus crisis in Bangkok, Thailand - 24 Apr 2020
Catalan Regional President Quim Torra (2-L, front) and other MPs observe a minute silence to pay tribute to victims of the pandemic COVID-19 disease in Barcelona, Spain, on April 24.
Slide 20 of 50: People wearing face masks walk under fluttering Koinobori, traditional Japanese carp-shaped windsocks that are hung in Japan from April to early May to wish a good health for children, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A staff member wearing a face shield talks to a bank teller at a counter where a plastic curtain is installed in order to prevent infections in Tokyo, Japan, on April 24.
Slide 21 of 50: Empty chairs with notes reading "Our business needs help" stand in front of Berlin's landmark the Brandenburg Gate during a protest of gastronomers on April 24, 2020 amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Restaurant owners across the country took part in the protest titled "Leere Stuehle" (empty chairs) organised by the gastronomers' network Leaders Club and staged in several German cities with similar actions. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)
Australian Olympic Swimmer Bronte Campbell trains on a bike at her home on April 24, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Athletes across the country are now training in isolation under strict policies in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Slide 22 of 50: Editorial use only. HANDOUT /NO SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by JOB VERMEULEN HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10623414b) A handout photo made available by the regional Parliament of Catalonia shows Catalan Regional President Quim Torra (2-L, front) and other MPs observing a minute silence to pay tribute to victims of the pandemic COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus before the start of the plenary session to debate the northeastern Spanish region's 2020 budget in Barcelona, Spain, 24 April 2020. Catalan Parliament debates regional budget, Barcelona, Spain - 24 Apr 2020
Signs are aligned as tribute to the NHS in London, on April 24.
Slide 23 of 50: A staff member wearing a face shield talks to a bank teller at a counter where a plastic curtain is installed in order to prevent infections following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Higashinakano branch of MUFG Bank in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A worker offers Friday prayers as he stands under vermicelli arranged to dry in the fasting month of Ramadan, during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Allahabad, India, on April 24.
Slide 24 of 50: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Australian Olympic Swimmer Bronte Campbell trains on a bike while on a Zoom training call with her sister Cate Campbell and other members of her swim team at her home on April 24, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Athletes across the country are now training in isolation under strict policies in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
While in lockdown at home in Titirangi, Stuart McFarlane, center, and his sons Presley, 5, above, and Cooper, 9, right, made their own Anzac memorial with Nana Del McFarlane-Scott, left, on April 24, in Auckland, New Zealand.
Slide 25 of 50: Signs are aligned as tribute to the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in East London, Britain, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Students sit for the Diploma of Secondary Education exams on April 24, in Hong Kong, China. Temperature checks and social distancing measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 have been put in place in the schools for over 50,000 candidates who will sit for the DSE examination this year.
Slide 26 of 50: A Muslim worker offers Friday prayers as he stands under vermicelli arranged to dry used to make traditional sweets dishes popular in the fasting month of Ramadan, during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, at a factory in Allahabad on April 24, 2020. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP) (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP via Getty Images)
An RAF Atlas, believed to be carrying a cargo of PPE is unloaded at Brize Norton, as the England continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, on April 24.
Slide 27 of 50: While in lockdown at home in Titirangi, Stuart McFarlane (C) and his sons Presley, 5 (above) and Cooper, 9 (R) made their own Anzac memorial with Nana Del McFarlane-Scott (L)  on April 24, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealanders are preparing to commemorate Anzac Day differently on 25 April due to the national COVID-19 lockdown currently in place. With traditional Anzac Day ceremonies cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealanders finding ways to remember the day while current lockdown restrictions are in place. Anzac day is a national holiday in New Zealand, traditionally marked by a dawn service held during the time of the original Gallipoli landing and commemorated with ceremonies and parades throughout the day. Anzac Day commemorates the day the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) landed on the shores of Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, during World War 1.
Teachers hand out national academic assessment test papers to students and parents via drive and walk-thru distribution at Kyunggi High School in Seoul, South Korea, on April 24.
Slide 28 of 50: HONG KONG, CHINA - APRIL 24: Students sit for the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams on April 24, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Temperature checks and social distancing measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 have have been put in place in the schools for over 50,000 candidates who will sit for the DSE examination this year. (Photo by Jerome Favre - Pool/Getty Images)
NHS nurses outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital as people take part in the Clap for our Carers London, on April 23 in England.
Slide 29 of 50: An RAF Atlas, believed to be carrying a cargo of PPE is unloaded at Brize Norton, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
A protective mask is seen on the face of the “Fearless Girl” sculpture in the financial district, during the outbreak of the coronavirus in New York City, on April 23.
Slide 30 of 50: Teachers hand out national academic assessment test papers to students and parents via drive and walk-thru distribution at Kyunggi High School in Seoul, South Korea, 24 April 2020. Countries around the world are taking increased measures to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease.
A Greenpeace environmental activist during a ‘change the system’ action in front of the European council following a video conferenced EU summit with European heads of state and governments to discuss measures related to the COVID-19 disease, in Brussels, Belgium, on April 23.
Slide 31 of 50: NHS nurses outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital as people take part in the Clap for our Carers London. Coronavirus Outbreak, London, UK - 23 Apr 2020
Hospital staff do yoga stretches and breathing exercises in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Spain on April 23.
Slide 32 of 50: A protective mask is seen on the face of the "Fearless Girl" sculpture in the financial district, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S. April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A police officer wears a smart helmet as he uses it to test the temperature of the workers during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 23.
Slide 33 of 50: A Greenpeace environmental activist during a 'change the system' action in front of the European council following a video conferenced EU summit with European heads of state and governments to discuss measures related to the COVID-19 disease, in Brussels, Belgium, 23 April 2020.
Teacher Margherita Pappalardo shows how to use the tablet donated by her school to some people living in the Roma camp on the Salone road on April 23 in Rome, Italy. People inside the camp are not allowed to leave, except for health or work reasons. Most of them lost their jobs due to coronavirus disease.
Slide 34 of 50: Hospital staff do yoga stretches and breathing exercises in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Spain, April 23, 2020.
Residents look on as soldiers patrol on the streets of Soweto, South Africa, on April 23, as the country remains in lockdown for a fourth week in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Slide 35 of 50: A police officer wears a smart helmet as he uses it to test the temperature of the workers during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates April 23, 2020.
People keep social distance while waiting in line to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a part of a study about undetected infections with the coronavirus in the population in Prague, Czech Republic on April 23.
Slide 36 of 50: Teacher Margherita Pappalardo shows how to use the tablet donated by her school to some people living in the Roma camp on the Salone road. People inside the camp are not allowed to leave, except for health or work reasons. Most of them lost their jobs due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome, April 23, 2020.
Members of the media (R) take pictures of Pakistan’s moon sighting committee, as they use a telescope to look for the new moon that will mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan, amid spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), from the Pakistan’s Meteorological Department (PMD) building in Karachi, on April 23.
Slide 37 of 50: Residents look on as soldiers patrol on the streets of Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, April 23, 2020, as the country remains in lockdown for a fourth week in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Africa has registered a 43% jump in reported COVID-19 cases in the last week, highlighting a warning from the World Health Organization that the continent of 1.3 billion could become the next epicentre of the global outbreak.
The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) orchestra performs at the Attikon hospital, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Athens, Greece, on April 23.
Slide 38 of 50: People keep social distance while waiting in line to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a part of a study about undetected infections with the coronavirus in the population in Prague, Czech Republic, April 23, 2020.
Commuters are seen following social distancing rules while they queue for public transport before a curfew, as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in downtown Nairobi, Kenya on April 23.
Slide 39 of 50: Members of the media (R) take pictures of Pakistan's moon sighting committee, as they use a telescope to look for the new moon that will mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan, amid spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), from the Pakistan's Meteorological Department (PMD) building in Karachi, Pakistan April 23, 2020.
Health workers wearing protective gear walk past sheep as they arrive to conduct a door-to-door verification of people to find out if they have developed any coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms, in a residential area in Ahmedabad, India on April 23.
Slide 40 of 50: The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) orchestra performs at the Attikon hospital, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Athens, Greece, April 23, 2020.
People watch passing by gendarmerie and police units with their vehicles decorated with balloons and Turkish National flags in a convoy to celebrate the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Serinyol neighbourhood in Hatay, Turkey on April 23.
Slide 41 of 50: Commuters are seen following social distancing rules while they queue for public transport before a curfew, as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in downtown Nairobi, Kenya April 23, 2020.
Coronavirus testing center at Rodney Parade stadium in Wales on April 23.
Slide 42 of 50: Health workers wearing protective gear walk past sheep as they arrive to conduct a door-to-door verification of people to find out if they have developed any coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms, in a residential area in Ahmedabad, India, April 23, 2020.
Officers check the body temperature of a person on the street in Bali, Indonesia on April 23.
Slide 43 of 50: HATAY, TURKEY - APRIL 23: People watch passing by gendarmerie and police units with their vehicles decorated with balloons and Turkish National flags in a convoy to celebrate the National Sovereignty and Children's Day in Serinyol neighbourhood in Hatay, Turkey on April 23, 2020. This year children are celebrating National Sovereignty and Children's Day at home due to measures against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Turkey celebrates the National Sovereignty and Childrenâs Day as well as the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the parliament. The celebrations focus on children because Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, emphasized that children are the nation's future.
Employees from the public health department in Mitte stand on the central fairground in the outpatient corona test facility on April 23 in Berlin Germany.
Slide 44 of 50: Coronavirus testing center at Rodney Parade stadium in Wales Coronavirus outbreak, Newport, UK - 23 Apr 2020
Crew on the the Ruby Princess wave with a cartoon-sized hand and head as the ship departs from Port Kembla in Wollongong, Australia, on April 23. The ocean liner — notorious as Australia’s largest single source of coronavirus infections and at the center of a criminal investigation over the sickness’ spread — set off a month after it was ordered by police to leave.
Slide 45 of 50: BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 23, 2020: Officers check the body temperature of every citizen and tourist who crosses the streets of Bali. This was done as an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wawan Kurniawan / Opn Images/ Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wawan Kurniawan / Opn Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Turkey celebrates the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, as well as the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the parliament, on April 23 in Ankara, Turkey.
Slide 46 of 50: 23 April 2020, Berlin: Employees from the public health department in Mitte stand on the central fairground in the outpatient corona test facility. You can now drive through the drive-in to get a medical smear. For this purpose, the Mitte Health Office assigns individual time slots by telephone. The tests are to be evaluated by the state laboratory within 24 hours. Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa (Photo by Britta Pedersen/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Paramedics respond to a house call at the Vladivostok medical emergency service during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on April 23 in Vladivostok, Russia.
Slide 47 of 50: Crew on the the Ruby Princess wave with a cartoon sized hand and head as the ship departs from Port Kembla in Wollongong, Australia, Thursday, April 23, 2020. The ocean liner became notorious as Australia's largest single source of coronavirus infections and is the center of a criminal investigation over the sickness' spread set off a month after it was ordered by police to leave.
A village resident, left, is helped by Georgia Riches, landlady of the Bull Inn public house in Bethersden, England. The pub has opened a not-for-profit community shop in its car park, as England continues to employ a lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Millions of other respirators and N95 masks are currently being scrutinized by the agency, Anand said.

Meanwhile domestic production of masks and other medical supplies “is ramping up,” with contracts signed with three more Canadian companies this week to produce 16 million “medical face shields.”

General Motors said in a statement it would start producing one million masks per month for the Canadian government at its Oshawa assembly plant, which had been shuttered in December 2019.

The head of its union, Jerry Dias, said he was “thrilled” that 50 employees “will be recalled” to make the masks. Some 2,000 auto workers lost their jobs when the plant was closed.

In early April, Canada received deliveries of more than 10 million masks and announced total orders for more than 60 million more N95 masks.

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