Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday as the country deals with a surge of the highly infectious Omicron variant. Though the numbers are trending down across North America, earlier this month Canada was dealing with approximately 30,000 daily cases on average.

“This morning, I tested positive for Covid-19,” Justin Trudeau, 50, announced on Twitter Monday morning. “I’m feeling fine – and I’ll continue to work remotely this week while following public health guidelines. Everyone, please get vaccinated and get boosted.”

The family has been isolating ever since an exposure last Wednesday, when Trudeau met with several cabinet members. It was not reported who was at the meeting or who may have first tested positive.

Two of the Prime Minister’s three children also tested positive, according to their father. It’s possible that he became exposed by one of his children, which is why he told The Canadian Press that he was going into isolation.

Justin Trudeau is reportedly in good health, despite testing positive, and is fully vaccinated along with the booster shot. This case is the first time that the Prime Minister has contracted Covid-19, though his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive back in March 2020 when the outbreak first occurred.

The family has since moved to an undisclosed location, CNN reported, as anti-vaccine mandate protests got out of hand over the weekend throughout Ottawa, Canada.

A protest against Covid-19 regulations began by a group of truckers on Saturday who were enraged by the country’s new vaccination mandate. The latest measure to curb the spread of Omicron and get people back to work took effect on Jan. 15, requiring truckers entering Canada to be fully vaccinated or meet testing standards.

Though 90% of the country’s truckers are allegedly vaccinated, according to Justin Trudeau, many in Ottawa still showed up in huge numbers this past weekend. Anti-vaccination supporters part of the “Freedom Convoy” lined up trucks on busy roads and parked them in protests, blocking traffic and filling up lanes.

Police reportedly avoided towing or ticketing the vehicles until the end of protest, “so as not to instigate confrontations with demonstrators,” according to CNN.

Truckers line up in Ottawa, Canada, to protest new vaccination mandates set by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau against Covid-19
Truckers line up in Ottawa, Canada, to protest new vaccination mandates set by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau against Covid-19. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

However, authorities stepped in with criminal investigations Monday morning after finding Canada’s National War Memorial “desecrated” and vandalized. The War Memorial and other important sites were barricaded and fortified, as protestors continued to pour into the city despite a frostbite warning and a temperature of -4 degrees Fahrenheit.

“I know this pandemic is frustrating. It’s frustrating that, after two years, we’re not done fighting Covid-19,” Justin Trudeau tweeted on Monday. “But over the past few days, Canadians have been shocked – and, frankly, disgusted – by the behavior displayed by some people protesting in our nation’s capital.”

“I want to be very clear: We’re not intimidated by those who hurl abuse at small business workers,” he continued. “We won’t give in to those who fly racist flags. And we won’t cave to those who engage in vandalism, or dishonor the memory of our veterans.”

“There is no place in Canada for this behavior. So, to those responsible: It needs to stop,” Trudeau said in a lengthy Twitter thread. “And to those who joined the convoy but are uncomfortable with the symbols of hatred and division on display: Be courageous and speak out. Do not stand for, or with, intolerance and hate.”

Many schools in Ottawa stayed remote as police warned of the protest’s possibility to turn violent. Government employees in Canada’s capitol were also told to work from home until the protest settled down.