Declared negative, the PM remains in isolation

Declared negative, the PM remains in isolation

The line of politicians affected by COVID-19 or isolated after being close to the virus, including François Legault who will remain so until September 28 despite a negative test, is proof of the “resurgence” of community transmission, in addition to be yet another call for caution, according to an expert.

This is what the microbiologist-infectiologist Cécile Tremblay, full professor in the Department of microbiology, infectiology and immunology at the University of Montreal, believes. After the announcement of the positive COVID-19 results of party leaders Yves-François Blanchet and Erin O'Toole, Prime Minister François Legault announced on Friday evening that he was in turn placed in isolation, preventive for its part, the time to submit to a sample and obtain the result.

This, known in less than 24 hours, turned out to be negative.

“Public health suggests remaining isolated two weeks after contact with a carrier,” said Mr. Legault in a press release.

The Prime Minister will continue to perform his duties remotely. Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault will replace him during question periods and at a press conference.

This is another cascade of public figures in contact with the virus, after the episode involving the mayoress of Longueuil, Sylvie Parent.

The diagnosis of the elected municipal officer had prompted more than a dozen politicians to place themselves in isolation.

“It shows that there is more and more community transmission,” says Cécile Tremblay.

“What this makes me think about the most is that we are in a period of resurgence,” adds the expert.


If they are not free of risk, like the rest of the population, politicians recently exposed should think about adopting more the same reflexes as the general population in terms of teleworking, according to Ms. Cécile Tremblay.

For example, the meeting between Mr. O'Toole, an Ontario politician, and Premier Legault which was held in person on Monday. A few days later and a few hours before going into isolation, Mr. Legault declared on Twitter that he “was happy to see several of my colleagues in real life”.

“It makes us aware that we must further strengthen the measures put forward, such as wearing the mask and having a good distance,” recalls the scientist.

The daily life of politicians, punctuated by numerous meetings and human contacts, makes it all the more “important that they take the appropriate precautions”, she insists.

A growing list

Erin O'Toole

  • Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
  • Achieved

Francois Legault

  • Premier of Quebec
  • Administrative segregation

Dominique anglade

  • Leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec
  • Administrative segregation

Yves-Francois Blanchet

  • Leader of the Bloc Quebecois
  • Achieved

Sylvie Parent

  • Mayor of Longueuil
  • Reached
Share Button