Federal Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan tests positive for COVID-19

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Seamus O'Regan, Canada's labour minister, says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a rapid test.  (Blair Gable/Reuters - image credit)
Seamus O'Regan, Canada's labour minister, says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a rapid test. (Blair Gable/Reuters - image credit)

Federal Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet Monday night, O'Regan said he will stay in isolation and continue to follow public health guidelines. He said he took a rapid test, which was positive.

"I'm grateful for my three vaccine doses, for the thousands of health-care workers keeping us safe, and for vigilance of millions of Canadians," he wrote.

There is no word on where or how he may have contracted the virus and the minister did not provide any details about the state of his health.

Several federal politicians have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks or have been exposed to the virus by infected staff members.

Earlier this month, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced she had tested positive for COVID-19.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland had previously worked from home after two of her staff members tested positive.

And Bloc Québécois deputy leader Christine Normandin and fellow Bloc MP Kristina Michaud, who represents Avignon-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia, have both tested positive.

The news comes as the highly transmissible Omicron variant drives case counts to new highs across the country

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