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.
Like many Canadians, I have been tested for #COVID19 out of an abundance of caution as I began experiencing new flu-like symptom less than 14 days after returning from abroad.
I am currently self-isolating at home while I await my results very shortly.
— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) (@FP_Champagne) March 19, 2020
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.
I will continue to work around the clock to support Canadians facing difficulties abroad and to coordinate the international response to this crisis.
We must remember to practice social distancing & take all necessary precautions to protect each other in the face of this virus.
— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC)(@FP_Champagne) March 19, 2020
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.