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Canada's Conservative opposition leader tests positive for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Erin O'Toole, the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, holds his first press conference as the leader of the official opposition on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable

(Reuters) - New leader of Canada’s main opposition Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole, tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, the party said in a statement.

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

“He is very relieved that his wife and children have tested negative.”

It was announced earlier in the day that Yves-Francois Blanchet, leader of Canada’s separatist Bloc Quebecois opposition party, had contracted COVID-19 and is in isolation.

O’Toole, a former cabinet minister and armed forces veteran, was elected as the party’s new leader last month.

The pandemic has killed more than 9,000 Canadians and authorities are on high alert to prevent a second wave.[nL1N2GE0ZX] [nL1N2GF142]

Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael Perry

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