Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly takes rapid test and discovers she has COVID-19

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      One of Canada's senior cabinet ministers is working virtually after discovering on her own that she has COVID-19.

      Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly tweeted today (December 20) that she took a rapid test, which showed that she contracted the virus.

      "Following public health guidelines, I am in isolation and will continue my work virtually, as I have been for a number of days, until I get the results of my PCR test," Joly revealed.

      Unlike residents of many other provinces, people living in B.C. don't have access to rapid tests for COVID-19.

      Joly expressed gratitude for the protection that COVID-19 vaccines offer and she encouraged others to get immunized and boosted.

      "It's the best thing we can do to keep our families safe this holiday season and all year long," she stated.