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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's wife positive for coronavirus


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office announced on Thursday night.

The statement said Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was feeling unwell and would remain in isolation.

The first lady of Canada had returned from a speaking engagement in Britain and had mild flu-like symptoms, including a coffee fever, late on Wednesday night.

"The Prime Minister is in healthiness with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the recommendation of doctors, he are in isolation for a planned period of 14 days," the statement added.

His office said the doctor's advice to the prime minister is to continue daily activities while self-monitoring, as long as he's exhibiting no symptoms himself.

"Also on the recommendation of doctors, he won't be tested at this stage since he has no symptoms. For the identical reason, doctors say there's no risk to people who are up-to-date with him recently," the statement said.

The office said he would resume his duties on Friday.

Sophie Trudeau also issued an announcement thanking people who have reached out.

"Although I'm experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, i will be able to be back on my feet soon," she said.

"Being in quarantine reception is nothing compared with other Canadian families who may well be inquiring this and for those facing more serious health concerns."

Though self-quarantining himself, the prime minister 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 coronavirus.

Trudeau spoke with US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

But Trudeau did cancel an in-person meeting with Canada's provincial premiers.

Opposition NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was also performing from home after feeling unwell.

Singh said he had been up-to-date with a doctor and that they don't believe he has the virus but was advised to limit contact with the general public until he feels better.

Ontario, Canada's most populous province, is closing schools until April 5.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault is asking all people strolling back from travel abroad to self-isolate for 14 days.

The measure are mandatory for all government employees.

He is also asking organisers to cancel all indoor events attracting crowds of quite 250 people and every one other large gatherings that don't seem to be considered essential.

Alberta and Canadian province also are urging all events with quite 250 people be cancelled.

Canada has quite 140 confirmed cases, with one death - an elderly rest home resident in Canadian province.

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