US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday and had mild symptoms, the US State Department said.
The top US Diplomat, who is fully vaccinated and refreshed, has not seen President Joe Biden in person for several days, which is why Biden is not considered a close contact, the ministry said in a statement. The secretary will isolate at home and maintain a virtual work schedule. He looks forward to returning to the department and resuming his full duties and travel as soon as possible,” the statement said.
Added that Blinken on Tuesday and tested negative the previous Wednesday before testing positive.
Blinken attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. attended a gathering of several thousand people, including prominent media and political figures.
In a briefing, department spokesman Ned Price said the agency was working to inform those involved in the have been in close contact with Blinken over the past few days.
Blinken met with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde on Wednesday and his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard on Tuesday. Ebrard said in a tweet that he took a PCR test after meeting Blinken.
Price, who sees Blinken routinely, said he was negative about an hour before the briefing been tested.
Blinken’s much-anticipated speech on the government’s China policy on Thursday will be postponed.