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Canada PM Trudeau Tests Positive For COVID After Americas Summit

PARIS, France - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 - his second bout with the illness this year - but that he was feeling OK and isolating, per health guidelines.

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

'I've tested positive for COVID-19. I'll be following public health guidelines and isolating. I feel okay, but that's because I got my shots', Trudeau said in a tweet, urging others to get vaccinated or boosted, if eligible.

'Let's product 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 on 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 said it would suspend random COVID testing at Canada's airport for his rest of June to help ease long travel wait times.


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