Justin Trudeau Argues Canada Has Handled COVID-19 'Particularly' Better Than the U.S.

Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for the virus in mid-March following a trip to the United Kingdom.

She had attended a mid-March charity event in London before global isolation set in and international travel was restricted, and she was photographed with Idris Elba at the event. Days later, they both tested positive.

Soon after, the U.S. and Canada agreed to close its border.

The Canadian prime minister would have had to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to his country, if he had accepted the invitation to D.C. on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Last week, Trudeau said he was still determining whether it made "sense" for him to travel to meet with his U.S. and Mexican counterparts, saying that he and other Canadian officials were "concerned about the health situation and the coronavirus reality that is still hitting all three of our countries."

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Canadian Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo echoed those same reservations while addressing Canada's plans to continue limiting the spread of the virus and its impact on its people.

“If we relax too much or too soon," Njoo said, "the epidemic will most likely rebound, with explosive growth as a distinct possibility."

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