Trudeau is unsure whether his children would return to school in the hardest-hit Quebec

MONTREAL: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he did not know if he would send his children to school in the province most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Quebec has seen more than half of the country's 60,000 COVID-19 cases and nearly 60 percent of Canada's 3,700 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University figures.

The provincial government has announced the voluntary reopening of primary schools and kindergartens next week after weeks of closure, in a decision that has divided parents.

Trudeau's three children attend a French-speaking school, which remains closed, in the province of Ontario.

But questioned by public radio station Radio-Canada on Sunday, he said he was unsure if he would be willing to let them return to class if they were enrolled in adjacent Quebec.

It will be an extremely personal decision for all parents, he said.

The prime minister said he would make a decision about allowing his children to return to school probably at the last minute, after considering class sizes and teacher attitudes.

Trudeau has been in self isolation with his family at his official Rideau Cottage home in Ottowa, Ontario, after his wife Sophie Gregoire was infected with the virus in March.