Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife announced on Thursday that they were self-isolating as the latter undergoes tests for coronavirus after returning from a speaking engagement with “mild flu-like symptoms”.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s symptoms have subsided since she got back from Britain on Wednesday, but as a precaution, the prime minister “will spend the day in briefings, phone calls and virtual meetings from home,” according to a statement.
Trudeau also cancelled a meeting with Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders in Ottawa.
The 48-year-old is yet to exhibit any symptoms, and will continue to work from home until the results of his wife’s test come in, the statement said.
“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 said.
“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.”
Canada has just over 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus.