Coronavirus: Canada examining ways to ‘mitigate’ impact on airlines, minister says

Canada is looking to soften the blow of the new coronavirus outbreak on airlines as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to support the economy as the disease spreads, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Canada on Monday reported its first death from the new coronavirus, as the number of people in the nation who have contracted the disease rose to more than 70.

When asked what the government could do to help airlines, Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly said: “What we’re looking at is how can we mitigate the impacts while making sure that we can have, still, a strong summer season and also that we can really bounce back.”

Airlines around the world have eliminated flights or modified services amid the outbreak. These include Air Canada , which has suspended flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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