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Canada's foreign affairs minister tests negative for coronavirus

Last Updated Mar 20, 2020 at 5:56 am PDT

FILE - Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne speaks to reporters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canadians should think carefully about where they and their families are planning to travel for spring break in the light of the novel coronavirus spreading overseas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne has tested negative for COVID-19

Champagne announced Thursday that he developed flu-like symptoms and went into self-isolation

The prime minister remains in self-isolation after his wife tested positive for the virus

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne has tested negative for COVID-19.

“Thanks to all those who work tirelessly to keep us safe. My priority continues to be to help Canadians abroad,” Champagne wrote in his update on Twitter.

Champagne announced on Thursday that he had developed flu-like symptoms less than two weeks after arriving back from travels. He said he was being tested “out of an abundance of caution.”

“I am currently self-isolating at home while I await my results very shortly,” he wrote on Twitter. “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.”

This comes as the prime minister and his family remain in self-isolation after his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.

Justin Trudeau himself has not been tested as he has not shown symptoms, he’s said.