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Canadaian PM Trudeau Contracts COVID-19 for 2nd Time

Mon 13 Jun 2022 | 06:28 PM
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time, days after he met in person with U.S. President Joe Biden during the Americas summit.

"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 healthcare system, each other, and ourselves," Trudeau wrote on Twitter.

The positive test comes after he met with Biden and other leaders at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. The American President took a “family photo” with Trudeau on Friday and met with him on Thursday.

Last January, the Prime Minister also tested positive. He had been isolated at home in the early months of the pandemic after his wife tested positive.

Last week, Biden launched the Americas summit to pitch a plan designed to stem illegal migration and manage record migrant numbers.

Dubbed the “Los Angeles Declaration” and described by Biden as “ground-breaking”, the U.S.-led pact aims to create incentives for countries taking in large numbers of migrants and spread responsibility for the challenge across the region.

At the summit’s opening session on Thursday, leaders from Argentina and Belize took to the podium to rebuke Biden face-to-face over the guest list, highlighting the challenge the global superpower faces in restoring its influence among its poorer neighbours.