WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, the State Department said, adding that he had mild symptoms.
The top US diplomat, fully vaccinated and boosted, has not been in President Joe Biden’s presence for several days and therefore Biden is not considered a close contact, the department said in a statement.
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“The secretary will self-isolate at his home and maintain a virtual work schedule. He looks forward to returning to the Department and resuming all of his responsibilities and travels as soon as possible,” the statement said.
The State Department added that Blinken had tested negative on Tuesday and early Wednesday before testing positive.
Blinken attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington last weekend, a gathering of thousands that includes important figures in the press and politics.
The secretary met with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde earlier on Wednesday and with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Tuesday. Ebrard said in a tweet that he had taken a PCR test after meeting with Blinken.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis in Washington)
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