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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau follows health advice after getting a negative rapid COVID-19 report

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested negative with rapid testing

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided a virtual update on the COVID-19 situation in Canada. After six members of his employees tested positive for COVID-19, he stated he is observing public health rules. Out of the six members, three are of his staff and three of his security team tested positive, due to which he is taking all safeguards and following all public health rules.

Trudeau claimed he had conducted multiple fast tests, all of which came back negative, but out of an excess of caution, he decided to hold a video press briefing on the COVID-19 situation in Canada on Wednesday. Trudeau claims that public health officials have advised him to limit his connections but have not advised him to entirely self-isolate at this time.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly disclosed earlier this week that she had tested positive with COVID-19.  “I took a fast test and it came back positive for #COVID19,” Joly wrote on Twitter on Monday afternoon. “I am in isolation, as per public health norms, and will continue working remotely, as I have for several days until I receive the results of my PCR test.”

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who joined Trudeau electronically on Wednesday, had previously worked from home after two of her staff members were found to be positive. Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer, was present with Trudeau. Both cautioned Canadians to be cautious as the holiday season approaches due to an increase in cases caused by the Omicron strain.

On Tuesday, more than 11,000 new cases have been recorded in Canada, more than double the 5,000 average daily cases observed the previous week.

Source: CBC News

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