Canadian PM Trudeau in isolation as wife tests COVID-19 positive
13 March 2020
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been advised to be in isolation for two weeks after his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, as the spreading pandemic prompted the province of Ontario to shutter schools and limit public gatherings.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a trip to London, a statement from the PM's office said.
"She will remain in isolation for the time being. She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild," it read.
The couple is now self-isolating.
Trudeau is in good health and has no symptoms, according to his office, but will remain in isolation for 14 days.
There are no plans at present for Trudeau to be tested for coronavirus.
"The prime minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address Canadians tomorrow [Friday]," his office said.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau recently returned from London and experienced flu-like symptoms, so she was tested for the coronavirus, the prime minister’s office said earlier on Thursday. The test came back positive, it said in the evening.
In a personal note, Sophie said she was “experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus,” adding that she “will be back on my feet soon”.
Canada reported 145 new case of the virus so far, with one death. Seven of Canada’s 10 provinces have recorded infections.
Ontario, the most populous province, reported 17 new cases overnight. Authorities have ordered all schools to close from Saturday to 5 April.
The virus has affected more than 127,000 people globally, taking a toll of more than 4,000, most of which in China, fllowed by Italy where 1,000 have dies and Iran.