Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference on the steps of his home on Friday to announce that he would self-isolate himself, a day after his wife has tested positive for coronavirus.
Trudeau was a few meters from journalists and photographers outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa to announce his plan.
‘Like many Canadians right now, medical health professionals are following.
“I am as isolated as my children and my wife is in quarantine,” he said.
He said he would work from home for 14 days as a precaution, but that he felt healthy and had no symptoms.
Trudeau added that doctors had told him that he didn’t need to be tested because he didn’t show any symptoms.
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Trudeau was a few meters from journalists and photographers outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa to announce his plan
Justin Trudeau emerged from the Rideau Cottage in Ottaway, Ontario on Friday to announce to the media, standing a few feet away, that he was about to isolate himself
Trudeau was in front of the property where his wife Sophie is in quarantine and where he said his children were in solitary confinement playing Lego
Trudeau, temporarily stopping his self-isolation to turn to the media on Friday outside Rideau Cottage
Trudeau shared this photograph of himself while working from home earlier in the day
Previously, he shared a photograph from inside his home which showed him at his desk and talking on the phone.
Busy day, working from home. Meetings with my cabinet, the country’s prime ministers, indigenous national leaders and more. Stay focused on yourself. Talk soon, “he tweeted with the photo.
Trudeau’s office released a statement Thursday evening confirming that his 44-year-old wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has tested positive for the virus.
He reported experiencing mild flu-like symptoms, including low fever, on Wednesday night.
He said that Sophie’s symptoms were “mild” on Friday and that she was recovering well.
He tweeted it along with the picture and said he kept working
Trudeau would also have held meetings for the next two days and Ottawa with provincial premiers and First Nations leaders, but such meetings have been postponed, according to the BBC.
Sophie Trudeau started showing symptoms Wednesday evening after returning to Canada from a trip to the UK, where she attended the WE Day UK charity event and concert in London on Tuesday March 3.
The event was also attended by Idris Elba, Jamie Oliver, race car driver Lewis Hamilton and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Sophie released a reassuring statement on Thursday saying she is doing well despite experiencing “unpleasant symptoms”.
“First of all, I would like to thank all of you who contacted me asking me how I am. Even if I am experiencing unpleasant symptoms of the virus, I will soon be back on my feet. Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who could go through this and for those who face more serious health problems.
Trudeau’s wife Sophie is quarantined inside the cottage after testing positive for the virus after returning from a trip to the UK
Sophie Trudeau made a statement on Thursday saying she is doing well despite experiencing “unpleasant symptoms”. Shown in London last week (left)
‘We will face this situation together. Please share the facts and take your health seriously.
‘I send you all my courage and my warm thoughts (but only “heal” hugs from afar!)’ He wrote.
Health officials will turn to those who have been in contact with her if necessary, the office said.
After feeling ill, the Canadian Prime Minister’s office released a statement stating that she would be tested and that she and her husband would be put in solitary confinement.
‘I have some personal news to share today. Sophie recently returned from an English-speaking event and had mild flu-like symptoms last night. She is feeling better, but following the advice of our doctor, she self-isolated while waiting for the results of the COVID-19 tests, “tweeted Trudeau Thursday afternoon.
Thursday despite being isolated, it was a typical working day for Prime Minister Trudeau, who held virtual meetings and briefings from home.
He spoke with world leaders – including President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italian leaders – and joined a special government committee discussion on the new coronavirus.
He canceled a meeting in person with the provincial premiers of Canada.
On Thursday, a meeting between Trudeau, the prime ministers and indigenous leaders that was scheduled to begin in Ottawa was indefinitely postponed due to the outbreak.
The killer coronavirus already has a hold on Canada with 138 cases reported as of Thursday according to government data.
On Wednesday, Trudeau announced $ 800 million USD in new financial measures to help mitigate the effects of the expansion of the coronavirus epidemic in Canada.
Trudeau told a press conference that the money would help buy surgical equipment and fund research for a new vaccine. He also promised to facilitate the application for sickness insurance to sick workers.
Meanwhile, Quebec Prime Minister Francois Legault asks all people returning from overseas travel to self-isolate for 14 days. The measure will be mandatory for all civil servants.
He also asks the organizers to cancel all indoor events by attracting crowds of over 250 people and all the other large gatherings that are not considered essential. Alberta and British Columbia are also urging the cancellation of all events with over 250 people.
Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is closing schools until April 5.
British Columbia Minister of Health Adrian Dix says there has been no widespread community transmission of the virus in Canada so far, unlike the United States.