US Vice President Mike Pence ‘self-isolating’ after aide tests positive for coronavirus


US Vice President Mike Pence is ‘self-isolating’ away from the White House after an aide was diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to reports.

Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs tweeted Donald Trump’s second in command was quarantining.

Pence has repeatedly tested negative, including on Sunday,for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the tweet added.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to Reuters.

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It comes after a source close to the matter claimed earlier in the day that the Trump administration had no plans to keep the president and Pence apart.

This was despite concerns rising about the spread of the killer bug within the White House itself.

The New York Times first reported the lack of plans to keep Trump and Pence separated despite concern they both could be incapacitated by the disease, citing two senior administration officials.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Two coronavirus cases in the White House last week spurred fears of contagion for the president and vice president, who are leading the U.S. response to the pandemic, and who have both resumed travel and business schedules even as the U.S. death toll from the virus nears 80,000.

Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, the wife of Trump’s senior adviser, Stephen Miller, tested positive for the coronavirus a day after confirmation that Trump’s personal valet had been diagnosed with the disease.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany sought on Friday to defend administration efforts to protect Trump and Pence, pointing to new measures taken by the White House including contact tracing and putting in place all guidelines recommended for essential workers.

The White House has also instituted daily coronavirus tests for Trump and Pence.

Anthony Fauci, a high-profile member of the White House coronavirus response team, Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the disease.

If Republicans Trump and Pence were both to become incapacitated, Democratic House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi would assume presidential duties under U.S. law.

Last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to an intensive care unit after becoming the first leader of a major power to announce he had tested positive for the highly contagious respiratory virus.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab deputised during his convalescence.





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