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Canada Trudeau isolating after COVID-19 exposure, says rapid test was negative

19:36  27 january  2022
19:36  27 january  2022 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is isolating after being notified of a COVID-19 exposure.

In a tweet on Thursday, Trudeau said he took a rapid test and the result was negative.

He will continue to isolate for five days, he said, adding he is following Ottawa Public Health rules.

"I feel fine and will be working from home," Trudeau tweeted.

"Stay safe, everyone — and please get vaccinated."

Trudeau is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received his booster dose on Jan. 4, 2022.

He has said previously that he would inform Canadians if he ever tested positive for the virus.

His wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic.

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She has since recovered, and the couple has said their three children are also vaccinated.

It is not clear at this point how Trudeau was exposed.

There have been a number of cases of COVID-19 among political staffers, MPs and ministers over the past month as the highly contagious Omicron variant continues to spread.

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Trudeau had also said last month he was self-monitoring for potential symptoms after staff and members of his security detail tested positive.

The Ontario government updated its guidance for isolation in the cases where a fully vaccinated person is exposed to COVID-19 late last month. According to the provincial guidance, a fully vaccinated person is advised to isolate for five days in cases where they are a "household contact" of a confirmed case.

A spokesperson for Ottawa Public Health confirmed the nature of the Ontario government's guidance.

They were not asked specifically about Trudeau or any advice issued in that case.

"If an individual who is fully vaccinated is advised to isolate for five days, it would be because they are a household contact of a confirmed case," the health service said.

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