Coronavirus: Justin Trudeau's wife tests positive

Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau hug on stage after the federal election at...
Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau hug on stage after the federal election at the Palais des Congres in Montreal. Photo: Reuters
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has tested positive for coronavirus, a spokesman for the prime minister said.


The prime minister is in good health with no symptoms, the spokesman said in a statement on Twitter.

Justin Trudeau's wife will be in isolation for the moment, while the prime minister will be in self-isolation for 14 days, according to the statement.

Canada had just over 100 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as of Wednesday, more than double the number from a week ago. With Manitoba and New Brunswick reporting their first presumptive cases in the past 24 hours, six of Canada's 10 provinces have recorded COVID-19 contagion.

Two other ministers with flu-like symptoms have gone into self-isolation in recent days as they awaited test results for the virus. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said that the rest of the cabinet had not been instructed to self-isolate.

Ontario, the country's most populous province, reported 17 new cases overnight, a 40%. In Alberta, Suncor Energy spokeswoman Erin Rees said a pre-school child in Calgary who attended a daycare in one of its buildings had tested positive for coronavirus.

The daycare was closed and children and their families were advised to self-quarantine, Rees said. Alberta health officials have not confirmed the case.

Also on Thursday, Canadian authorities cancelled the JUNO, an annual music award show similar to the Grammys in the United States, citing virus concerns, and Toronto's annual St. Patrick's Day parade was suspended.

All 360 people working at the Ottawa office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions - Canada's top financial services regulator - were asked to start working from home on Thursday after an employee was tested for the coronavirus, said spokesman Michael Toope.

Trudeau's government committed C$1 billion on Wednesday towards bolstering the healthcare system and limiting the impact of the virus.

The government of Ontario, the province that has reported the highest number of cases, has set aside C$100 million in "contingency funding", Premier Doug Ford told reporters on Thursday.

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