Sophie Grégoire Trudeau's test for the coronavirus came back positive, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has revealed.
On March 12, it was revealed the former television host, who is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, had been tested for the illness after returning from a speaking arrangement in London, U.K. In a statement made in the early afternoon of March 12, the PMO said Sophie had exhibited "mild flu-like symptoms" that had since subsided, and went into self-isolation as a precaution.
"Following recommendations, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today," the Prime Minister's Office said in another statement late on March 12 in which it announced Sophie's test result. "The test came back positive. Also 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."
Justin also went into self-isolation with Sophie, and will remain in isolation for 14 days. He does not plan to seek testing at this time, according to CBC News. He has plans to address Canadians on March 13.
Sophie released a personal message to Canadians who have been wondering about her health and wishing her well. Here's what she said:
"To all my friends, family, beloved Canadians, and allies everywhere,
"First, I’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who have reached out to me asking how I’m doing. Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon. Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing more serious health concerns.
"We will get through this situation together. Please share the facts and take your health seriously.
"I send you all my courage and warm thoughts (but only “get better” hugs from afar!)."
Sophie is the latest high-profile person to receive testing for coronavirus in recent days.
Céline Dion was found to be negative for the illness after becoming sick with what appears to be a cold while on tour in the United States. She was forced to postpone two tour dates this week as she recovers.
On March 11, the day the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Tom Hanks revealed he and Rita Wilson have the virus. The two are currently in Australia, where Tom was scheduled to shoot director Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic.
Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia received testing on March 12. The news came just after the monarch's public appearance for the same day was cancelled. The decision was in response to Letizia's meeting with Spanish Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, who has the coronavirus. Her partner, Pablo Iglesias, Spain's deputy prime minister and social rights minister, has also been quarantined.
"Based on the recent public activities of HM the Queen and the information transmitted by the Government, as a preventive measure indicated by the health authorities, their Majesties have carried out the corresponding COVID detection test this morning," a statement issued by the Spanish royal family reads. "The results of these tests will be publicly communicated."
As of this writing, there are more than 125,000 coronavirus cases in 118 countries, according to the World Health Organization. The illness has caused more than 4,600 deaths. Canada currently has 103 cases, according to the most recent Health Canada statistics.