Budget day 2020 will be March 30, says Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

The unusual move to release the federal budget on a Monday comes as the government grapples with the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, in Canada. It has already spread to more than 120,000 people around the world and killed more than 4,000.

In the process, the outbreak has tanked stock markets, shut down some borders, stymied global travel with widespread restrictions and led to the cancellation of dozens of major sporting events, concerts and global fora.

Morneau had faced questions on Monday about whether he would delay the budget in light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Canada and instead focus on deploying federal support to mitigate the spread.

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