Canada's Chief Public Health Officer is keeping an eye on the Prime Minister for COVID-19. Justin Trudeau might have been exposed to the virus at a convention in Toronto, but he hasn't gotten tested yet. In a news conference on Wednesday, the leader of our country said he's following recommendations.

At the press conference about the government's plans for federal funding regarding COVID-19, Trudeau responded to a question about him being at the same convention as a man who has tested positive for the virus and if he's been screened.

Speaking in French, the Prime Minister said, "I haven't been tested but I am following Dr. Tam's recommendations in order to keep myself and my family safe."

He is currently being monitored just as a precaution.

Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, told reporters that it's important for people who attended the conference to monitor themselves for symptoms.

An Ontario man in his 50s went to an emergency department on March 7 and was tested for the virus before returning home to self-isolate.

On March 2 and March 3, that person attended the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto.

Trudeau made a speech there and Ontario Premier Doug Ford was also in attendance.

Both Trudeau and the premier report that they are seemingly okay at this time.

Ivana Yelich, a spokesperson for Ford, told CP24 that the premier hasn't experienced any symptoms related to COVID-19 and is in good health.

"He remains vigilant and encourages all Ontarians to do the same by taking the preventive actions recommended by our incredible health officials," she said.

Canada's Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan was also at the convention and tweeted on March 10 that his doctor recommended a COVID-19 test.

He's self-isolated himself while he waits for the results.

During the press conference where he said he hasn't been tested, Trudeau announced that the federal government has a $1 billion plan to combat the virus.

Among other things, the funding is supposed to take the pressure off local health systems and support Canadians who have to isolate themselves.

As of March 10, there have been 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada.

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