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Canada PM says will not retaliate against U.S. over block of mask exports

WINNIPEG, Manitoba Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not ever requite for U.S. President Donald Trump blockading 3M Co’s <MMM.N> exports of N95 respirator masques that look after health practitioners from the spread of coronavirus.

Trudeau said on Saturday that they thought of getting paid speak with Trump tomorrow understanding that Canadian professionals were really having “very constructive” forums with the U.S. delivery.

“We are not looking at retaliatory measures or measures that are punitive,” he stated in his on a regular basis handle in Ottawa. “We know it is in both of our interests to work collaboratively and cooperatively to keep our citizens safe.

“That’s pretty much the gist of your debates and I’m confident that we will accomplish the change.”

Trump has asked 3M to ramp up imports of masks to the U.S. from other global manufacturing facilities, while demanding a pause in exports of domestically-produced respirators to Canada and some Latin American countries.

Trudeau said a chartered air shipment of millions of masks was due to arrive in Canada in the next 48 hours. Canada is also increasing domestic production of personal protective equipment, he said.

Some Canadian health professionals living along the U.S. border work at U.S. hospitals, and Trudeau said Canada was making no move to stop that practice.

Canada’s reported coronavirus cases rose to 12,924, up 10% in the past day, and 214 deaths, health officials said.

Trudeau defended Canada’s coronavirus testing program, saying it had done more than the United States. Early testing in the western provinces of British Columbia and Alberta had proven “most effective” at managing the coronavirus spread, Trudeau said.

More than half of Canadian cases are in the more populous provinces of Quebec and Ontario. On Friday, Ontario projected 80,000 coronavirus cases and 1,600 deaths in the province by month end under current public health measures.