Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister being tested for coronavirus

Mar 19 2020, 11:14 am

A key member of the Government of Canada’s leadership is currently in isolation as a precaution, after experiencing symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.

Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne says he is experiencing new flu-like symptoms within a period of less than 14 days after returning from a trip abroad. He has been tested for the coronavirus, and is now awaiting results.

Despite self-isolating, Champagne said he “will continue to work around the clock to support Canadians facing difficulties abroad and to coordinate the international response to this crisis.”

He added that “we must remember to practice social distancing and take all necessary precautions to protect each other in the face of this virus.”

Earlier this month, Champagne was in Europe meeting his foreign affairs and security counterparts in countries that include Poland, Ukraine, and Latvia.

Trudeau’s cabinet minister is also the MP for Saint-Maurice-Champlain, a riding near Trois-Rivieres in Quebec.

This comes as the Prime Minister and his wife enter the one-week mark of their isolation, after Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau experienced mild flu-like symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. She recently returned from a trip to the UK.

During press conferences updating the government’s measures to address the crisis, the Prime Minister stated he is so far healthy and has not experienced any symptoms.

Two other cabinet ministers — Natural Resource Minister Seamus O’Regan and Minister of Small Business and Export Production Mary Ng — were also tested for the coronavirus last week, but their results came back negative.

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.