Canadian PM  Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau

Canadian PM's wife tests positive for Covid19

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The wife of Canadian Prime Minister, Mrs. Justin Trudeau has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said on Thursday.

'Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive,' the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.

“Following medical advice, she will remain in isolation for the time being. She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,' it said.

Canada's leader and his 44-year-old wife announced Thursday they were self-isolating while she was tested for coronavirus after a public event. After experiencing some mild symptoms following her return from the UK, according to an earlier statement, Gregoire-Trudeau immediately sought medical advice and testing.

"Although I'm experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon," she said in a message via the PM's Office.

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'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,' but will not be tested.

It follows several provinces in Canada -- which so far has reported nearly 150 cases in six states, and one death -- unveiling stricter measures to combat the spread of the virus while sporting events and entertainment galas were canceled.

The PM would continue his duties, his office said, and would address the country on Saturday. Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December 2019, more than 130,000 cases have been recorded in 116 countries and territories, killing at least 4,900 people, according to an AFP tally. Most of Canada's cases have been traced to China, Iran, Italy or Egypt, but seven people who recently returned from the US also tested positive, public health authorities said.