Coronavirus infection

US Vice-President in isolation after aide’s coronavirus infection

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 02:50 pm

US Vice-President Mike Pence is self-isolating after an aide tested positive for the coronavirus last week.

A Trump administration official said Mr Pence was voluntarily limiting his exposure and would work from home.

He has repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19 since his exposure but is following the advice of medical officials.

Mr Pence’s spokeswoman Katie Miller, who is married to senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller, tested positive for the coronavirus a day after confirmation that Mr Trump’s personal valet had been diagnosed with the disease.

She had earlier said three members of the White House’s coronavirus task force put themselves in quarantine after having contact with her.

Among them is Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has become known for his simple and direct explanations to the public about COVID-19.

Mr Pence was informed of the positive test on Friday, before he left Washington for a day-trip to Iowa.

It comes just hours after the administration said it had no plans to keep Mr Pence and President Donald Trump apart, despite concerns about the escalating spread of COVID-19 through the White House.

On Friday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended efforts to protect Mr Trump and Mr Pence, pointing to measures taken by the White House including contact tracing and putting in place all guidelines recommended for essential workers.

There are also daily coronavirus tests for the two leaders.