Before contracting the coronavirus, the Secretary of State did not meet with Biden in person for several days, the State Department said. Blinken has mild symptoms, but he will still be quarantined and working from home
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has tested positive for the coronavirus, State Department spokesman Ned Price said during a briefing.
“Secretary Blinken tested positive for COVID. The good news is that he was fully vaccinated, he received a booster shot against the virus and has only mild symptoms, — Price said, noting that the secretary of state had not met with President Joe Biden in person in several days.
A State Department spokesman specified that Blinken would be in quarantine and working from home.
Earlier, on March 31, the coronavirus was detected in the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, who met with Biden the day before, on March 30. “Their interaction is not considered close contact as defined by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines,” clarified in the press service of the CIA. According to the CIA, Burns had mild symptoms and was placed in isolation for five days. CNBC also reported that the head of the CIA was vaccinated against COVID-19, and during a meeting with the president he kept his distance and was wearing a mask.
In March, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was also diagnosed with COVID-19. And this was the second time she was diagnosed with coronavirus. This time she had “mild symptoms” but had to refuse to accompany Biden on the trip to Europe. The president himself also passed the test, as he met with Psaki twice the day before. in the end, Biden's result was negative.
According to Johns Hopkins University, during the pandemic in the United States, coronavirus was found in 81.5 million Americans, about 996 thousand people died.
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