US’ Mike Pence won’t isolate despite spokeswoman contracting COVID-19

Washington, May 10 (efe-epa).- The United States Vice President Mike Pence has no plans to quarantine himself despite his press spokesman testing positive for coronavirus, another spokesperson for the office announced Sunday in a statement.

Devin O’Malley said Pence will return to work Monday and dismissed an article by the Bloomberg agency, which, citing three officials familiar with the situation, said that the vice president was isolated in his residence.

O’Rilley said Pence would continue to follow the advice of the White House medical unit and would not undergo quarantine. He added that Pence tested negative for coronavirus every day and planned to be in the White House on Monday.

In recent days, Pence may have been in contact with his Spokeswoman Katie Miller, who tested positive Friday in tests the White House ordered be done daily on staff working in the West Wing.

The spokesperson often attends meetings of which the vice president is a part, which are the same as those chaired by Trump; while her husband, Stephen Miller, writes most of the president’s speeches and spends a lot of time with him, in addition to his daughter and adviser Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

In addition to Pence’s spokeswoman, two other White House employees have tested positive for coronavirus: a personal assistant to Trump and an adviser to his daughter Ivanka.

As a result of these infections, three key people in the health response to the virus will have to take precautions for the next two weeks.

Specifically, two of them are in strict isolation: Robert Redfield, director of government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stephen Hahn, who heads the Food and Drug Administration.

Meanwhile, the main epidemiologist of the US Government, Dr. Anthony Fauci will keep a “partial” quarantine, in which he will work from home, but will attend some meetings protected with a mask, his spokesman told reporters.

The recent outbreaks have drawn even more scrutiny to White House security measures, which are paradoxically trying to convince Americans that it is safe to return to work.

The United States remains the world’s most affected in absolute terms with 1.3 million cases and at least 78,000 coronavirus deaths, according to the unofficial count by Johns Hopkins University. EFE-EPA


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