Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency in the Canadian capital city on Wednesday morning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Declaring a state of emergency will help our City Manager, Steve Kanellakos, and his team deploy our emergency operations in a quicker and more nimble fashion,” Watson said in a statement.
Watson said the declaration will also enable Ottawa city to buy medical equipment more easily.
“We’re moving to this state of emergency to ensure that we have the tools available to protect our healthcare workers and our residents,” said Watson.
“It is crucial that we, as a community, follow the direction from our federal, provincial, and municipal health officials if we want to be successful in this fight,” Watson added.
According to the most recent update, Ottawa has 25 confirmed COVID-19 cases. There are a total of 2,892 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths in Canada, according to CTV.