Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is self-isolating “out of an abundance of caution” after his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, began to show mild symptoms of illness late on Wednesday after a speaking engagement in the UK.
The couple are staying home until the tests results are returned.
“Having recently returned from a speaking engagement in London, U.K., the Prime Minister’s wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau began exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever late last night,” Trudeau’s office said in a statement. “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.”
Trudeau’s office said the prime minister is not exhibiting any symptoms. He will self-isolate and hold his planned First Ministers Meeting by phone and take other briefings, phone calls and virtual meetings from home.
“We continue to base all our decisions on the best evidence, science and advice from our highly trained medical professionals and public health officials to protect the wellbeing of Canadians and reduce the risks of COVID-19 to our country,” Trudeau’s office said. “As Canadians, we are fortunate to count on their sound guidance, and we thank them for their tremendous work.”
Canada has reported more than 103 confirmed cases of the virus since late January, with one death as of Thursday, reports the BBC.
More than 127,000 cases and about 4,700 deaths have been confirmed worldwide.