Canadian military prepares for coronavirus, shifts to ‘pre-pandemic planning’

Canada’s chief of defence says the military has shifted into what it calls a mode of “pre-pandemic planning” in order to prepare for a novel coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands worldwide.

A military-wide order Wednesday for all Canadian Armed Forces members says that it is now moving into pandemic alert and preparedness to shield against the potential spread of COVID-19 across Canada and its ranks.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, CAF General and Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance said that the military is expecting an absentee rate of about 25 per cent.

Vance said that the CAF expects the directive to both aide Canadian civilians, as well as its own operational effectiveness should a COVID-19 outbreak spill across Canada.

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