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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tests positive for COVID after Summit of the Americas

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday he had tested positive for COVID-19 – his second battle with the disease this year – but was feeling well and in isolation, in line with health guidelines.

Trudeau was at the Summit of the Americas in California last week, where he met with US President Joe Biden and other leaders to discuss issues affecting the region. He returned to Ottawa on Saturday.

“I tested positive for COVID-19. I will follow public health guidelines and self-isolate. I feel fine, but that’s because I got my shots,” Trudeau said in a tweet. , urging others to get vaccinated or vaccinated. , if eligible.

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“Let’s protect our healthcare system, each other and ourselves,” he said.

Trudeau met with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday and later attended a luncheon hosted by Biden, according to his itinerary. Biden was not a close contact, a white official said Monday.

Trudeau’s itinerary also included bilateral meetings with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader on Friday.

Trudeau’s positive test comes just days after his government announced it would suspend random COVID testing at Canadian airports for the rest of June to reduce long wait times for travel.

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The ruling Liberals have been criticized for their ongoing pandemic restrictions, including banning unvaccinated people from air travel and imposing vaccination mandates on federal officials.

Earlier this year, anti-vaccine protesters took to the streets outside the Prime Minister’s Office and Canada’s Parliament Buildings, using hundreds of trucks and other vehicles to clog downtown Ottawa for three weeks .

They were evacuated in mid-February after Trudeau invoked rarely used emergency powers.

Trudeau, 50, had already tested positive for COVID in January. In March 2020, Trudeau led the country while self-isolating for 14 days after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive.

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