Left Menu
Development News Edition

Canada's Trudeau remains in isolation after wife recovers from virus

PTI | Montreal | Updated: 30-03-2020 02:51 IST | Created: 30-03-2020 02:49 IST
Canada's Trudeau remains in isolation after wife recovers from virus
Representative Image Image Credit: Twitter(@JustinTrudeau)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that he would remain in self-imposed isolation even though his wife, who had contracted the coronavirus, has recovered. Although Sophie Gregoire Trudeau received the all-clear from her physicians on Saturday, the prime minister said, and he himself has no symptoms, he had been "sharing a roof with someone who tested positive for COVID-19." "I have to continue in isolation in order to be sure that we're following all the protocols and the recommendations by Health Canada," Trudeau said.

Since doctors did not know exactly when Sophie Trudeau became virus-free, the prime minister said he would observe another 14 full days of confinement. Addressing reporters from the porch of his Rideau Cottage residence in Ottawa, Trudeau noted that workers across Canada had discovered that they can do an "awful lot of work via telephone, via video conferences -- and that's exactly what I am doing." The prime minister has been in self-isolation since his wife tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12 following a trip to London.

She announced Saturday that her physicians had pronounced her cured, giving her a green light to return to normal life. Justin Trudeau said his wife had taken their children to Harrington Lake, just northwest of Ottawa, the site of a summer residence and official retreat for Canadian prime ministers.

Trudeau also announced new financial measures to help vulnerable Canadians -- particularly children and the aged -- hard hit by the side-effects of the coronavirus. Asked at the news conference whether he might call on Canada's armed forces to help enforce officially imposed travel curbs, Trudeau said he had no plans to do so for now.

Separately, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, called on Canadians returning to their country to strictly respect the 14 days of confinement imposed by the government. She referred in particular to "snowbirds" -- the Canadians who pass much of the winter in Florida and other warmer locales, many of whom have recently been returning home.

As of Sunday, 6,243 Canadians had tested positive for the coronavirus, and 64 have died, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.



‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Dissecting how COVID-19 is catalyzing the trajectory of New World Order

The ensuing pandemic of COVID-19 has hit the globalization in two ways firstly, shrinking the importance of globalization as an economic force by curtailing mobility through worldwide lockdowns, and secondly, rejuvenating the idea of indig...


Latest News

Odisha CM seeks cooperation from Dharmendra Pradhan on singing of 'Bande Utkal Janani'

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sought cooperation from Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on the singing of Bande Utkal Janani, a patriotic Odia song, on May 30 to boost the morale of Odishas COVID warriors. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ...

PRESS DIGEST-Financial Times - May 29

The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. HeadlinesUK chancellor to trigger employers furlough contributions from August httpson.ft.com2yHXUjH Eas...

Australia's New South Wales state warns of COVID-19 budget toll

Australias biggest state in economic terms said on Friday the coronavirus pandemic could cost it as much A20 billion 13.3 billion in lost revenues over the next four years, underscoring the urgency to revive the countrys stuttering economy....

Pompeo accuses top Democrat of 'hackery' over government watchdog review

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday accused a leading Senate Democrat of hackery for questioning whether Pompeo violated a law restricting officials political activities, saying an investigation found no evidence he had done so....

Give Feedback