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Bloc Quebecois leader Blanchet tests positive for COVID-19

Last Updated Sep 18, 2020 at 12:46 pm MST

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet is seen during a news conference, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-François Blanchet has tested positive for COVID-19, the party says.

His wife, Nancy Deziel, said earlier this week she had tested positive for the coronavirus. Blanchet, along with much of his caucus and other aides, was already in self-isolation after a staff member contracted the illness.

In a statement, Blanchet says he feels healthy and that he will remain in isolation at his Shawinigan, Que., home until Sept. 26.

Quebec’s public health rules say a person who tests positive but doesn’t have serious symptoms must stay isolated for 10 days.