Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

OTTAWA – The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said late Thursday.

“Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.

“Following medical advice, she will remain in isolation for the time being. She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,” it said.

“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,” but will not be tested.

“The Prime Minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address Canadians tomorrow.”

Trudeau and his wife had announced earlier Thursday they were self-isolating while she underwent tests for the COVID-19 illness after returning from a speaking engagement.

Gregoire-Trudeau’s symptoms, after returning from Britain, had included “a low fever late last night,” an earlier statement said. She immediately sought medical advice and testing.

Tom Hanks, wife also COVID positive

Meanwhile, actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Australia, a country with at least 128 cases and three deaths from COVID-19.

Hanks is in Australia preparing to shoot a new biopic about Elvis Presley and it’s not clear if he contracted the disease in Australia or the U.S., where there are now over 1,300 confirmed cases and 38 deaths.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63 years old, experienced body aches and fevers before they decided to get tested for the new coronavirus.

Hanks released a statement on Instagram about the diagnosis, complete with a photo of a lone glove in a waste basket. (From the wires)

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