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13/03/2020 9:06 AM IST

Justin Trudeau's Wife Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Canadian prime minister's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, had begun “exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement Thursday, the Prime Minister’s Office said: “Following medical recommendations, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive.”

“She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,” read the statement, which also indicated she’d be staying in isolation. 

Earlier Thursday, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement that Grégoire Trudeau began “exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever late last night” after returning from a speaking engagement in London. 

“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,” read the statement.

Those results were positive, so the prime minister, who is in “good health with no symptoms,” is taking the “precautionary measure” of isolating himself for 14 days.

Trudeau will reportedly not be tested because he currently has no symptoms. 

Trudeau’s meetings with premiers and Indigenous leaders that were scheduled for this week have been postponed. He had planned to deliver an address to Canadians on Friday. 

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday and has taken the lives of more than 4,000 people. Symptoms of the disease, which spreads rapidly, include coughing, fever and shortness of breath, which may not appear until 14 days after exposure.

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