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Prime Minister Trudeau tested for COVID-19 in September

Last Updated Oct 5, 2020 at 11:24 am PDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Summary

The prime minister said he was tested for COVID-19 last month after he had a 'throat tickle'

Justin Trudeau said the test was negative and we returned to work a few days later

OTTAWA — The prime minister revealed Monday he had to be tested for COVID-19 last month.

During the regular COVID-19 briefing, Justin Trudeau was asked when was the last time he was tested, if at all.


“Earlier in September, I had a bit of a throat tickle,” he said, adding he was tested for the virus at the advice of his doctor.

Trudeau didn’t provide a specific date, but he said he was able to return to work a few days after the negative test result and with permission from his doctor.

Parliament was prorogued for most of September, so Trudeau wasn’t in the House of Commons.

In March, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19. She and the prime minister went into self-isolation for 14 days.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump is in a military hospital with the virus, awaiting word Monday on when he can be discharged.