Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is placing himself in quarantine after his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for the Coronavirus on Thursday.
Reuters reports Sophie likely contracted the Coronavirus during her recent visit to London as she started exhibiting “flu-like symptoms” upon her return.
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 13, 2020
An official statement released by the couple confirmed the Prime Minister was in good health and not experiencing any symptoms at this time.
“As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days,” the statement said per Reuters. “The Prime Minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address Canadians tomorrow.”
Busy day ahead, working from home. Meetings with my cabinet, the country’s premiers, national Indigenous leaders, and more. Staying focused on you. Talk soon. pic.twitter.com/xhAuxscf6N
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 13, 2020
Sophie said in the statement she was “experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus,” but predicted she “will be back on my feet soon.”
Update on Sophie & the Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/EkJL5rWGUN
— Cameron Ahmad (@CameronAhmad) March 13, 2020
According to the report, Canada has 145 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus across seven of Canada’s 10 provinces.
Ontario, the most populous province, reported 17 new cases overnight, a 40% jump. To contain the virus, authorities ordered all schools to close from Saturday to April 5.
Globally, more than 127,000 people have been infected by the sometimes deadly respiratory illness COVID-19.
In a blow to hockey-obsessed Canadians, the National Hockey League suspended its season because of the outbreak, although it said its goal was to resume play “as soon as it is appropriate and prudent,” so teams can compete for the Stanley Cup championship.
With the Canadian dollar at a four-year low against its U.S. counterpart and stocks plunging, the Bank of Canada announced measures to inject liquidity into the market.
Working from home on Thursday, Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and joined a special cabinet meeting on the coronavirus by phone, his spokesman said on Twitter.
Forbes reports the Coronavirus has affected Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, Australia’s Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton, UK conservative member of parliament Nadine Dorries, and Actor Tom Hanks and his wife actress Rita Wilson.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 12, 2020
“Wednesday night also saw the suspension of the NBA season after Utah Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus; ESPN also reported Thursday that another Jazz All-Star, Donovan Mitchell, contracted the virus and that players have privately reported that Gobert has been careless in his locker room conduct, touching players and their belongings,” the report adds.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.