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Canadian PM to be in quarantine after wife tests positive for COVID-19

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(Xinhua) 13:26, March 13, 2020

OTTAWA, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in isolation for two weeks after his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for COVID-19, the Prime Minister's Office said Thursday.

The prime minister exhibits no symptoms of the virus, said the office in a statement, adding that "he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days," but will not be tested "at this stage."

There is no risk to those who have been in contact with the prime minister "recently," the office said.

Trudeau's wife "is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild," it said.

Health care workers will "reach out to those who have been in contact with Mrs. Gregoire Trudeau as they deem necessary," the statement said.

The prime minister's wife issued a personal note thanking those who have reached out to her.

"Although I'm experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon," she said.

Trudeau's wife showed flu-like symptoms on Wednesday evening after she returned from Britain where she carried out speaking engagements.

Local media reported that the couple's three children have not shown symptoms.

While self-quarantining himself, Trudeau is expected to address the country on Friday.

"The Prime Minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address Canadians tomorrow," the statement said.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Trudeau over phone on Thursday, discussing developments related to the disease, the White House said in a statement.

As of Thursday, Canada has reported more than 140 cases, according to the country's Health Ministry.

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