https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2022/01/31/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-says-hes-tested-positive-for-covid-19.html

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that he is feeling well and has no symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19.

Trudeau revealed in a Twitter post that he received the positive test result Monday morning. He has been in isolation since last Wednesday, when he said that he’d had a positive contact.

At a virtual news conference later Monday morning, he said two of his children have now contracted COVID-19.

He said that although he tested positive, “I feel well and have no symptoms.”

Speaking to the virtual news conference from outdoors, Trudeau said, “It’s a big challenge that my family and I are facing,” but that “there’s nothing unusual or special about it. It’s a challenge too many Canadians and people around the world know all too well.”

He also denounced the behaviour of some protesters involved in a large demonstration in Ottawa over the weekend against COVID-19 vaccination mandates for truckers.

He said Canadians were “shocked, and frankly, disgusted, by the behaviour displayed by some people protesting in our nation’s capital.

“I want to be very clear: we are not intimated by those who hurl abuse at small business workers and steal food from the homeless,” he said.

“We won’t give in to those who fly racist flags. We won’t cave to those who engage in vandalism, or dishonour the memory of our veterans.”

Trudeau called on those who engaged in that behaviour to stop, and for “anyone who joined the convoy but is rightly uncomfortable with the symbols of hatred and division on display (to) join with your fellow Canadians, be courageous, and speak out. Do not stand for, or with, intolerance and hate.”

Trudeau thanked Canadian truckers who have been vaccinated, a number he put at 90 per cent, and appealed “to the politicians exploiting people’s fears: I ask you to think long and hard about the consequences of your actions.”

As the convoy of truckers arrived in Ottawa on Friday, Trudeau and his family moved from their usual residence at Rideau Cottage to another location in the national capital region.

Trudeau received his booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 4.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends booster shots, which prevent against severe illness but not infection.

That means a person can still catch COVID-19, but barring underlying health conditions, is far less likely to become very sick and require hospitalization or critical care.

As of Sunday, 82.7 per cent of Canadians over the age of five were fully vaccinated, according to the University of Saskatchewan’s vaccination tracker which updates using the latest provincial data.

Tonda MacCharles is an Ottawa-based reporter covering federal politics for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @tondamacc