Justin Trudeau’s wife has tested positive for novel coronavirus, his office said late Thursday, though assuring the public, the Canadian prime minister said that he is safe.
After a public case, Canada’s leader and his 44-year-old wife declared Thursday they were self-isolating as she was being screened for coronavirus.
“Today Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau screened for COVID-19. The test came out positive, “the office of the Prime Minister said in a statement, adding that she would stay in solitary confinement and that her symptoms were mild.”
“The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms,” the statement said, adding that he will not be in solitary confinement for two weeks and, on his doctors’ recommendation, would not be screened for the virus.
This follows several Canadian provinces, which have recorded nearly 150 cases in six states so far, and one death revealing more stringent steps to counter the spread of the virus while canceling sporting events and entertainment galas.
The PM, his office said, will continue his duties, and address the nation on Saturday.
Trudeau, 48, had a variety of phone meetings on Thursday, including with the COVID-19 Special Cabinet Committee, his office said, and also met with Italy, the US, and Britain representatives.
He will speak to indigenous leaders, as well as provincial and territorial premiers, on Friday to organize Canada’s response to the virus and “limit the country’s economic effects.”