Coronavirus: London, Ont., mayor to self-isolate upon return from U.S.

A statement from Mayor Ed Holder's office says he "is showing no symptoms of COVID-19, and is feeling healthy.". Matthew Trevithick / Global News

The Mayor of London, Ont., has announced that following the advice of healthcare professionals, he will go into self-isolation upon his return from a trip to the United States.

A statement from Ed Holder’s office said the mayor has cut a stateside family reunion short and has secured “the first available flight back to London.”

The statement added that Holder “is showing no symptoms of COVID-19, and is feeling healthy.”

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Holder’s office said he left for the U.S. on March 11, two days before federal health officials warned against non-essential foreign travel, with plans to return on March 22.

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“During his time in the United States, Mayor Holder was in daily contact with healthcare professionals in London and City staff helping to coordinate and lead London’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement added.

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The move will see Deputy Mayor and Ward 4 Coun. Jesse Helmer continue to serve as acting mayor, Holder’s office said.

“[Holder] will continue to be an active participant in London’s planning and response while in self-isolation,” the mayor’s office added.

Holder’s 14 days of self-isolation is set to begin on Monday, his office said.

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