The Canadian Prime Minister‘s wife recently returned from a trip to London. On Wednesday night she came down with a fever and “mild flu-like symptoms”. As she awaits coronavirus test results, she and her husband are isolating themselves at home.
The condition of the 44-year-old mother of three has since improved.
A statement relaeased by the Prime Minister’s office said: “The Prime Minister’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau began exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever late last night.
“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.
“The doctor’s advice to the Prime Minister is to continued daily activities while self-monitiroing, given he is exhibiting no symptoms himself.
“However, our of an abundance of caution, the Prime Minster is opting to self-isolate and work from home until receiving Sophie’s results.”
Mr Trudeau is spending the day in briefings, phone calls and virtual meetings from home, including speaking to other world leaders and joining a special cabinet committee discussion on the new coronavirus.
He has also cancelled an in-person meeting with Canada’s provincial premiers.
Opposition NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is also working from home after feeling unwell.
Mr Singh said he has been in contact with a doctor and they do not believe he has the virus but he was advised to limit contact with the public until he feels better.
Quebec premier Francois Legault, meanwhile, is asking all people returning from travel abroad to self-isolate for 14 days.
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The measure will be mandatory for all government employees.
He is also asking organisers to cancel all indoor events attracting crowds of more than 250 people and all other large gatherings that are not considered essential.
There are approximately 103 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canda.
The provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec are affected.
There has been one death linked to the viral disease.
On Wednesday the Canadian government announced a C$1 billion (£562 million) response fund.
Part of the package will be used to fund further research and develop a vaccine.
If the situation in Canada worsened, the government is willing to do more, Mr Trudeau said.
He briefed reporters on the outbreak on Wednesday.
He urged Canadians to follow the advice of public health officials to prevent the spread of the disease.