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Canada’s foreign minister tests negative for the coronavirus

Last Updated Mar 20, 2020 at 8:00 am EDT

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne walks in downtown Ottawa, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne has tested negative for the coronavirus.

“Update: My #COVID19 test results came back negative,” he tweeted Friday morning.

“Thanks to all those who work tirelessly to keep us safe. My priority continues to be to help Canadians abroad.”

Champagne announced Thursday afternoon in a tweet that he was being tested for COVID-19.

He said he had been experiencing new flu-like symptoms “less than 14 days after returning from abroad” and said he would continue to work from home. He also urged Canadians to practice social distancing.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also been self-isolating for the last week after his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to the U.K.

He continues to hold press conferences from outside Rideau Cottage.


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