Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has tested positive for coronavirus.
Trudeau’s office released a statement Thursday night confirming that the 44-year-old has tested positive for the virus a day after she reported feeling mild flu-like symptoms, including a low fever, on Wednesday night.
‘She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,’ the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Justin Trudeau, 48, is ‘in good health’ has no symptoms but will be in isolation for 14 days, according to the statement.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ’s wife Sophie Trudeau, 44, has tested positive for coronavirus Thursday evening, a day after she was reported mild flu-like symptoms and a low fever. She is pictured in London last Tuesday March 3 at the WE Day UK charity event and concert
Sophie Trudeau released a statement Thursday saying she’s doing well despite experiencing ‘uncomfortable symptoms’
Justin Trudeau, 48, is ‘in good health’ has no symptoms but will be in isolation for 14 days, and will continue to work and conduct his duties remotely, according to the statement. The couple pictured above in December 2019
In Canada as of Thursday there were 138 confirmed cases of coronavirus
He is not being tested at this time because he is asymptomatic, and will continue his duties as normal. He is slated to address Canadians on Friday.
Sophie Trudeau began to exhibit symptoms on Wednesday evening after returning to Canada from a trip to the UK where she attended the WE Day UK Charity event and concert in London last Tuesday March 3.
Idris Elba, Jamie Oliver, race car driver Lewis Hamilton and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard were also present at the event.
Sophie released a reassuring statement Thursday saying she’s doing well despite experiencing ‘uncomfortable symptoms’.
‘First, I’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who have reached out to me asking how I’m doing. Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon. Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing more serious health concerns.
‘We will get through this situation together. Please share the facts and take your health seriously.
‘I send you all my courage and warm thoughts (but only “get better” hugs from afar!)’ she wrote.
Health officials will reach out to those who’ve been in contact with her as necessary, the office said.
The Prime Minister’s Office released this statement on Thursday morning, detailing her symptoms
After she felt ill the Canadian Prime Minister’s office released a statement saying she will get tested and she and her husband would be put in isolation.
‘I have some personal news to share today. Sophie recently returned from a speaking event in the UK, and last night she was experiencing mild flu-like symptoms. She‘s feeling better, but following the advice of our doctor she is self-isolating as we wait on COVID-19 test results,’ Trudeau tweeted Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday despite being in isolation, it was a typical work day for Prime Minister Trudeau, who held virtual meetings and briefings from home.
He spoke with world leaders – including President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italian leaders – and joined a special Cabinet committee discussion on the new coronavirus. He cancelled an in-person meeting with Canada’s provincial premiers.
On Thursday a meeting between Trudeau, the premiers and Indigenous leaders that was scheduled to begin in Ottawa has been postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak.
Justin and Sophie Trudeau have been married since 2005, and share three children
The killer coronavirus already has a grip on Canada with 138 reported cases as of Thursday as per government data.
On Wednesday, Trudeau announced $800million USD in new financial measures to help mitigate the effects of the widening coronavirus outbreak in Canada.
Trudeau told a news conference that the money would help buy surgical equipment and fund research for a new vaccine. He also promised to make it easier for sick workers to claim employment insurance.
Quebec premier Francois Legault, meanwhile, is asking all people returning from travel abroad to self-isolate for 14 days. The measure will be mandatory for all government employees.
He is also asking organizers to cancel all indoor events attracting crowds of more than 250 people and all other large gatherings that are not considered essential. Alberta and British Columbia are also urging all events with more than 250 people be cancelled.
Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is closing schools until April 5.
British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix says so far there has not been widespread community transmission of the virus in Canada, unlike in the US.