Justin and Sophie Trudeau go into self-isolation over COVID-19 concerns


According to the Prime Minister's Office, a doctor advised Justin Trudeau to self-monitor since he is not showing any symptoms.

"Following medical recommendations, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today".

According to the PMO statement, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau began exhibiting flu-like symptoms after returning from a speaking engagement in the United Kingdom.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses with his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

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Yukon's Sandy Silver had also cancelled plans to travel to Ottawa, after having attended a mining conference in Toronto, where one participant has since tested positive for the virus.

"Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing mores serious health concerns", her statement continued. Those in-person events have been cancelled, but Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will conduct First Ministers' business via phone.

Canada has reportedly confirmed a total of 122 cases of the novel Coronavirus as of March 13.

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Amid fears that his wife could have coronavirus, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau are quarantining at home until she gets the all-clear from doctors.

Canada announced on Wednesday a C$1bn ($728m; £562m) coronavirus response fund to deal with the pandemic.

Another federal party leader, the NDP's Jagmeet Singh, said on Thursday that he was also staying at home because he was feeling unwell, though doctors have told him that his symptoms are not consistent with the coronavirus.

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".

Quebec Premier Francois Legault, whose province had 13 cases, ordered government employees returning from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days.

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More than 4,600 people have died and over 126,000 infected globally, according to the WHO.

Quebec premier Francois Legault, meanwhile, is asking all people returning from travel overseas to self-isolate for 14 days.