Justin Trudeau In Isolation After Wife Sophie Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife has tested positive for coronavirus.
Trudeau's office said on Thursday night (local time) that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is feeling well and will remain in isolation.
"The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days," the statement said.
His office said the doctor's advice to the prime minister is to continue daily activities while self-monitoring, given he is exhibiting no symptoms himself.
He is spending the day in briefings, phone calls, and virtual meetings from home, including speaking with other world leaders and joining a special Cabinet committee discussion on the new coronavirus.
Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He cancelled an in-person meeting with Canada's provincial premiers.
Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is closing schools until April 5.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault 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 organisers 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.
British Columbia’s health officer, Dr Bonnie Henry, said the province is “strongly advising” people to not travel outside Canada, including to the U.S, and said anyone who chooses to do so should self-isolate for 14 days upon return.