Coronavirus: Canadian PM’s Wife Tests Positive, China Pushes Conspiracy Theories

  • On Thursday, Trudeau had started a quarantine period after his wife showed symptoms similar to the flu. 
  • A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Minister suggested on Thursday that it was the US military that brought the outbreak of the new coronavirus to the city of Wuhan.
  • US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said the speed of China’s reaction to the emergence of the coronavirus had probably cost the world two months.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office said. Mrs. Gregoire Trudeau is doing well and will remain isolated, the statement read in part. “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,” according to a statement tweeted by Cameron Ahmad, the prime minister’s communications director.

Justin Trudeau is a Canadian politician serving as the 23rd and current prime minister of Canada since 2015 and leader of the Liberal Party since 2013. Trudeau is the second-youngest Canadian prime minister after Joe Clark; he is also the first to be related to a previous holder of the post, as the eldest son of Pierre Trudeau.

On Thursday, Trudeau had started a quarantine period after his wife showed symptoms similar to the flu. Trudeau’s office had reported that Mrs. Gregoire Trudeau had returned from an appointment in the UK,  and on Wednesday night, she developed flu-like symptoms, including a mild fever.

The new coronavirus responsible for Covid -19 was detected in December in China and has already caused more than 4,600 deaths worldwide, leading the World Health Organization to declare the disease as a pandemic. The number of infected people exceeded 125,000 people, with cases registered in about 120 countries and territories.

China Alleges U.S. Military Brought Covid-19 to Wuhan

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

Elsewhere, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Minister suggested on Thursday that it was the US military that brought the outbreak of the new coronavirus to the city of Wuhan. Zhao Lijian ‘s statement is likely to increase tension between the two countries after the United States accused China of failing to act quickly enough to prevent the virus from spreading. The Chinese official calls on Trump to cooperate in the international fight against the virus.

On Wednesday, US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said the speed of China’s reaction to the emergence of the coronavirus had probably cost the world two months when it could have been preparing for the outbreakIn response, the Chinese Foreign Minister’s spokesman wrote on Twitter that it is the United States that lacked transparency.

“When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation,” Lijian Zhao tweeted.

On Thursday, Geng Shuang, Zhao’s colleague ministry spokesman, criticized US officials for “immoral and irresponsible” comments that blamed Beijing’s response to the coronavirus for worsening the global impact of the pandemic. “We wish that a few officials in the US would at this time concentrate their energy on responding to the virus and promoting cooperation, and not on shifting the blame to China,” he said.

The Covid -19 outbreak was detected in December in China and has already caused more than 4,900 deaths, among more than 131,000 people infected in a hundred countries and territories. The city of Wuhan, which has been in quarantine since 23 January, was where the virus started to spread.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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