Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for coronavirus, a statement from the prime minister’s office says.
“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.
Mr. Trudeau is in good health and has no symptoms, according to his office, but he will remain in isolation for 14 days.
There are no plans at present for Mr. 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.
There are currently approximately 103 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Canada.
Ms. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau began to show mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever on late on Wednesday night after returning from London.
After she tested positive for Covid-19, she said: “Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon.
“We will get through this situation together. Please share the facts and take your health seriously.”
Health officials will contact people who Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was recently met.
However, those who have been in contact with the prime minister is not considered risky, as Mr. Trudeau did not show symptoms.
Some politicians around the world have self-isolate in recent days after coming into possible contact with the virus, including five senior US Republicans and Canadian cabinet ministers.
Mr. Trudeau is scheduled to hold a meeting during the next two days in Ottawa with the prime minister of the province and First Nations leaders.
The meetings have been postponed.
Mr. Trudeau is now going to talk to their provincial counterparts over the phone, with topics focusing on Canada’s response to the pandemic, the prime minister’s office said in a statement on Thursday morning.
the other federal party leaders, NDP Jagmeet Singh, said on Thursday he also stayed at home because she felt bad, even though the doctor had told him that the symptoms are not consistent with the coronavirus.
“Their advice to me to limit contact with the public until I feel better,” he said on Twitter.
What is the situation in Canada?
Currently around 103 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada, in the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, and Manitoba. There was one death related to the disease.
Canada announced on Wednesday C $ 1 billion ($ 728m; £ 562m) coronavirus response fund to deal with the pandemic.
The funding package will help the country address the domestic impact of the virus and to support further research, including vaccine development.
Mr. Trudeau said his government is ready to do more if the situation warranted.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the prime minister urged Canada to follow the recommendation of public health officials in order to help slow the spread of the disease and to avoid burdening the health care system.
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