On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he would be self-quarantining because his wife has flu-like symptoms. Later on, in the day, it was confirmed that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to a statement from Trudeau’s office, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau had just returned from the United Kingdom when she began to have mild flu-like symptoms. Reportedly her symptoms include a low- grade fever.
“Having recently returned from a speaking engagement in London, UK, the Prime Minister’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, began exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever late last night,” the statement from the prime minister’s office read.
“She immediately sought medical advice and is being tested for the Covid-19 virus. She is self-isolating at home awaiting test results, and her symptoms have since subsided.”
Reportedly, the prime minister “is in good health,” and his wife “is feeling well,” showing “only mild” symptoms.
Trudeau will work from home, and hold meetings with provincial premiers by phone.
Justin Trudeau shared the news on Twitter.
“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 then added, “Out of an abundance of caution, I too will be self-isolating & self-monitoring until we get Sophie‘s results back. But I‘ll be busy working from home. Today, I‘ll be speaking with some world leaders and joining ministers for a Cabinet committee discussion on COVID-19.”
In a third tweet Trudeau added that “I was looking forward to sitting down with premiers and Indigenous leaders later today, but given the circumstances, we‘ll be postponing our meeting. In the meantime, we‘ll speak on the phone about how we can mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 and keep Canadians safe.”