Canada's Ontario and Quebec provinces have asked the military to help overwhelmed staff at elderly care homes hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The requests came as Canada surpassed 2,000 COVID-19 deaths - half of them at long-term care facilities.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said soldiers are needed at five of the most affected care homes in the province, saying the coronavirus in these places is spreading like a "raging wildfire".
Francois Legault, Quebec Premier, told reporters he asked Ottawa to send 1,000 troops, saying "it will help us a lot to have lots of extra hands to do tasks that are less medical and help the staff".
Hello, I'm Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives, with Al Jazeera's continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find updates from yesterday, April 22.