Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has tested positive for coronavirus after being exposed last week. He said on Twitter that he did not feel sick.
He said later in an online news conference that two of his three children had also tested positive.
Mr. Trudeau has been in quarantine since last Thursday, when he learned that he had been exposed. He revealed his own positive test result in a statement posted on social media on Monday morning and added that he will “continue to work remotely this week while following the guidelines”. public health guidelines”.
Several Canadian news agencies reported that Mr. Trudeau and his family were removed from their official residence in Ottawa over the weekend by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as thousands of protesters gathered in the city.
The police force declined to comment on those reports, citing security concerns.
Loosely organized convoy of trucks going around the country came to Ottawa to protest vaccine missions, garnering supporters and raising millions of dollars along the way. They gathered in front of the Canadian Parliament building on Saturday, clogging downtown streets, with cars and pickup trucks outnumbering the heavy trucks that initially made up the convoy.
Some protesters carried Canadian flags that were flown upside down, traditionally a harbinger of danger or serious suffering. At least one flag has a swastika on it.
“Hate can never be the answer,” Trudeau said during a virtual press conference. “Over the past few days, Canadians have been shocked and truly disgusted by the behavior of some of the protesters in our nation’s capital.”
Some protesters remained in the area on Monday, and Ottawa police said they expected “major traffic, noise and safety issues”.
Mr. Trudeau, who is fully vaccinated and had a booster shot in early January, had planned to participate remotely from his scheduled events on Monday, including a questioning period in the House of Commons. institute.
This is not the first time Mr. Trudeau has had to perform duties from home. His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, contracted flulike symptoms in March 2020 and later tested positive for coronavirus. When his wife is isolated in part of their house, Mr. Trudeau become a full-time carer with his three children, cleaning and laundry, even though cooked meals were thrown away.
Public health guidelines have changed recently in several provinces, including Ontario, where Ottawa is located. Ontario now requires vaccinated individuals who test positive for the virus to isolate for at least five days after the onset of symptoms, family contact, or testing positive; earlier in the pandemic, the minimum period was about 14 days.
Nearly 78 percent of Canadians are fully immunized, according to federal public health dataand 88 percent of people 5 years of age and older received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Ian Austen Contribution reports from Ottawa.
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