Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Prime Minister Trudeau will not be getting tested since he is not showing any symptoms, but he will be self-isolating for 14 days.
The full statement is available here:
The statement says: “Following medical recommendations, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive.” It says that she is feeling well, her symptoms are mild and she will remain in isolation. The statement also says that health professionals will be in touch with anyone that has been in contact with the PM’s wife if the contact meets the requirements for self-isolation.
The statement also gives an update on the prime minister, saying he 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. Also on the advice of doctors, he will not be tested at this stage since he has no symptoms.” Trudeau is expected to speak to Canadians on the matter tomorrow.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau also shared a personal message with Canadian media, thanking everyone for their well-wishes. 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.”
She signed off, saying “I send you all my courage and warm thoughts (but only ‘get better’ hugs from afar!)”
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Was in London for a Youth Empowerment Event
The original press release earlier in the day said that “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.” It continues, “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.”
The original statement is here:
The prime minister’s wife was in London as a speaker for a WE Day youth empowerment event that took place last week. According to a photo she posted of the event on her Instagram, she was also with actor Idris Elba and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.
Shortly after Canadian officials announced the news, Prime Minister Trudeau also posted about it on his Facebook page, saying “I have some personal news to share today.”
He wrote: “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.” He continued, explaining he would “be self-isolating & self-monitoring until we get Sophie’s results back.”
The Canadian PM Just Announced $1 Billion in Funding for Response to Coronavirus
On March 11, Trudeau outlined the Canadian government’s plan to respond to coronavirus. The country has recently passed 100 reported cases of COVID-19, with the majority of cases in Ontario and British Columbia. Canada’s first coronavirus death occurred on Monday, a man in his 80s from British Columbia.
The Canadian Health Minister Patty Hajdu said during a committee that COVID-19 could end up infecting between 30 and 70% of Canadians, the National Post reported. The $1 billion funding that was announced is to be allocated to different measures, including research and response.
The leader of the NDP, the social-democratic party in Canada, Jagmeet Singh, also announced on Twitter that he would be self-isolating after feeling unwell. He indicated that he doesn’t believe he has COVID-19, but he is self-isolating to be on the safe side.