Sophie Gregoire, wife of Justin Trudeau, tests positive for coronavirus


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

“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,” according to a statement tweeted by Cameron Ahmad, Trudeau’s communications director.

Health professionals are set to reach out to people who have been in close contact with Gregoire Trudeau. The prime minister himself is in “good health with no symptoms,” Ahmad said.

“As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days,” the statement added. “Also on the advice of doctors, he will not be tested at this stage since he has no symptoms.”

Trudeau will address Canadians on Friday, the statement said.

As of Thursday, Canada has at least 138 confirmed cases, according to government data. The coronavirus outbreak, which has affected at least 125,000 people worldwide, has been declared a global pandemic by WHO.

Canada said Trudeau on Thursday held phone meetings with leaders of Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom and participated in a special cabinet committee meeting on the virus outbreak.

Trudeau also spoke with Canada’s finance minister on the current economic situation as well as leaders of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Canada Labour Council.

By Saheli Roy Choudhury


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