Sophie Trudeau recently returned from London and experienced flu-like symptoms. She later tested positive for coronavirus. The development has prompted PM Trudeau to be placed in isolation for two weeks.
The outbreak also prompted the province of Ontario to shutter schools to limit the spread.
“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,” an official statement said. Sophie will be in quarantine for 14 days.
“The Prime Minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address Canadians tomorrow.” In a personal note, Sophie said she was “experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus,” adding that she “will be back on my feet soon”.
Canada reported 145 new case of the virus, a three-fold gain from a week ago. There has been one death. Seven of Canada’s 10 provinces have recorded infections.
Ontario, the most populous province, reported 17 new cases overnight, a 40% jump. To contain the virus, authorities ordered all schools to close from Saturday to April 5.
Globally, more than 127,000 people have been infected by the respiratory illness COVID-19.