Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in Quarantine After Wife Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau contracts COVID-19 putting world leader's family in isolation
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gone into quarantine after his wife has tested positive for coronavirus.
Canada's leader confirmed he has gone into isolation after his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau contracted the deadly COVID-19.
On Thursday night, Trudeau's office released a statement confirming that the 44-year-old has tested positive for the virus a day after she reported feeling ill.
The PM's spouse said she felt 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," PM Trudeau's Office said in a statement.
According to the statement, 48-year-old Justin Trudeau is "in good health" and currently has no symptoms but will remain in isolation for 14 days - making him the first world leader to go into quarantine.
The prime minister is not being tested at this time because he is asymptomatic, according to the Daily Mail.
Trudeau is slated to address Canadians on Friday.
Mr. Trudeau was also scheduled to hold meetings over the next two days and Ottawa with provincial premiers and First Nations leaders, but those meetings have been postponed, according to the BBC.
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, Formula 1 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," she wrote.
"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!)"
Here’s the full statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. Justin Trudeau is in “good health” but is going into self-isolation for 14 days. #COVID19 #CoronavirusPandemic #CoronaOutbreak pic.twitter.com/xjSYhaksQY— Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) March 13, 2020
Health officials will reach out to those who've been in contact with her as necessary, the office said.
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," Trudeau tweeted Thursday afternoon.
"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."
On Thursday despite being in isolation, it was a typical workday for Prime Minister Trudeau, who held virtual meetings and briefings from home.
He canceled 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.
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 canceled.
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.