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Ottawa, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau are in self-isolation as Sophie awaits COVID-19 test results, media reports said.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. Image credit: Twitter handle
Sophie experienced mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever late last night after her recent return from a speaking engagement in London, U.K. and is self-isolating at home awaiting test results.
For precautionary measures Justin Trudeau has also self-isolated himself and working from home until Sophie's results are known. Trudeau is not planning to be tested at this time.
This has led to an indefinite postponement of a meeting between Trudeau, the premiers and Indigenous leaders that was scheduled to begin in Ottawa today, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Trudeau, absent from the House of Commons due to self-isolation, will spend the day in briefings, virtual meetings and phone calls and from home speak to the provincial and territorial leaders discuss collective actions to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Trudeau would also discuss by phone with other world leaders and joining the special COVID-19 cabinet committee discussion.
Trudeau spoke with Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and expressed solidarity with Conte and all Italians in their extraordinary measures to contain and respond to COVID-19.
Trudeau also spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
There were at least 137 presumptive and confirmed cases reported in Canada, with one death, as of midday Thursday.
Although the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) still assesses the risk of COVID-19 as low to Canadians, but says there is risk to vulnerable people older than 65 and those with chronic health conditions and week immune systems.