The wife of Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was reported having infected from coronavirus on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Following the report, the PM would be kept in isolation for two weeks and would discharge his duties from home during the period. With the increasing rate of people infected from the virus, the Canadian government has announced to shut schools in the province of Ontario as a measure to contain the spread of the virus.
The prime minister’s office said earlier on Thursday, Sophie was tested as she reported having flu-like symptoms after returning from London recently and found virus positive in the test. In an official statement, “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,” while Sophie would be quarantined for next two weeks.
The statement continued, “The Prime Minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address Canadians tomorrow.” Meanwhile, Sophie stated in a personal note, she recently had “experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus,” but claimed that she would be back on her feet soon.
Globally, the virus outbreak has more than 127,000 cases and is gradually expanding across the countries. In Canada, seven of 10 provinces were already affected by the virus epidemic with one death and new 145 virus cases were reported which was a three-time increase from a week ago.
Meanwhile, 17 new cases were reported in Ontario, the most populated province in Canada, which was a surge of 40% overnight that led to shutting down all schools in the province till April 5, 2020.
An official spokesperson wrote on Twitter, following the news of Sophie’s contracted of the virus, Trudeau has been working from home and spoke to the heads of various countries through a phone call on Thursday. He convened a special cabinet meeting on the virus outbreak which was attended by US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Trudeau put forwards his concerns of the emerging virus spread in the US and advised his country-citizens to avoid foreign travel including the US. Reuters explained, “Any warning that involves the United States is politically sensitive, given the two countries’ 5,525-mile (8,890-km) shared border and Canada’s overwhelming reliance on bilateral trade.”
The chief medical officer in Canada’s province of British Columbia, Bonnie Henry, told reporters, “This is really important … the evolving situation both in the United States and globally is a risk for all of us.” Alberta’s chief medical officer, Deena Hinshaw called for banning any gathering of more than 250 people and canceling all international events.
On Wednesday, Ottawa allotted C$1 billion ($723 million) in a view to strengthen its healthcare system and fight against the virus outbreak while Ontario set to put C$100 million in “contingency funding.” On Thursday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said that the country would cost “well north of C$10 billion” to fight against the virus outbreak and strengthen its public health care.
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