US Vice President Kamala Harris tests positive for COVID
Published: 11:13 AM, 27 April 2022 Updated: 11:16 AM, 27 April 2022
United States (US) Vice President Kamala Harris; Photo: Collected
The United States (US) Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for Covid-19, the White House confirmed.
A spokesperson of the vice president said in a statement on Tuesday that Kamala Harris had not been in close contact with President Joe Biden or his wife Jill Biden “due to their respective recent travel schedules”, reports Al Jazeera.
Kirsten Allen, a spokeswoman for Kamala Harris, told the media, “Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests. Although she has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from her residence.”
Earlier this month, top US cabinet members and key lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also tested positive for COVID-19. Besides, several White House aides and Harris’s husband, Douglas Emhoff, have also contracted the virus in recent weeks.
However, Joe Biden, who tests regularly for Covid-19, has not been infected despite the outbreaks in US political circles, the White House said.
“The President and the Vice President spoke on the phone this afternoon,” the White House said on Tuesday. “Biden wanted to check in and make sure Harris has everything she needs as she quarantines at home.”
The US has reported more than 81 million Covid-19 cases and nearly one million related deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, according to data from John Hopkins University.