Justin Trudeau has COVID-19 for a second time


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time this year.

Trudeau announced his positive result Monday on Twitter, just two days after returning from an international summit in California.

“I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. I’ll be following public health guidelines and isolating,” he wrote.

“I feel okay, but that’s because I got my shots. So, if you haven’t, get vaccinated — and if you can, get boosted. Let’s protect our health-care system, each other and ourselves.”

The prime minister continues to be dogged by Conservative-led demands that the federal government ease travel restrictions in order to allow unvaccinated passengers on domestic planes and rail lines.

Some in the Liberal caucus have also begun to speak up about easing restrictions, but the government says only there are “ongoing, active discussions” on next steps.

The Conservatives also want vaccination mandates removed for federally regulated workers in sectors like airlines, which the Conservatives blame for labor shortages and lineups for the traveling public.

Trudeau’s COVID-19 result comes during a legislative blitz at the end of the parliamentary session, and ahead of three international summits — of Commonwealth, NATO and G7 leaders — scheduled for later this month.

He had also been set to summarize the annual tradition of the prime minister’s outdoor garden parties this week. The Conservatives held one last week.

Trudeau previously tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 31, as so-called “Freedom Convoy” demonstrators gathered in downtown Ottawa to protest vaccination mandates and his handling of the pandemic.

Two of his children also tested positive at that time.

Trudeau’s wife Sophie became one of the early high-profile COVID-19 cases in Canada in March 2020, as the global pandemic led to shutdowns around the world

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