Canadian Conservative Party leader tests positive for COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-19 14:29:24|Editor: huaxia

OTTAWA, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- New leader of Canada's Conservative Party, Erin O'Toole, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the party said in a statement.

"This evening Erin O'Toole received a positive test for COVID-19," said the statement, adding that O'Toole remains in isolation and is feeling well.

O'Toole, who became the party's new leader last month, is the second Canadian political party leader to have tested positive for COVID-19 after Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet was diagnosed with the disease Friday morning.

Shortly after the statement was issued, Quebec Premier Francois Legault, who met one-on-one with O'Toole on Monday, said on Twitter he was in self-isolation out of precaution.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada on Friday, there are 140,867 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,200 deaths. An average of 849 new cases have been reported daily during the most recent seven days, the agency added. Enditem