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US White House reports first case of covid19 as staffer tests positive

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Mar 21, 2020, 10:01 am IST
Updated Mar 21, 2020, 10:01 am IST
People entering the White House have their temperature taken before a coronavirus,COVID-19 briefing atthe White House in Washington, DC. AFP Photo
 People entering the White House have their temperature taken before a coronavirus,COVID-19 briefing atthe White House in Washington, DC. AFP Photo

Washington: A staffer in the team of US Vice President Mike Pence has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first White House personnel to have been infected by the deadly disease that has so far claimed the lives of 230 people in the country.

"This evening we were notified that a member of the office of the Vice President tested positive for the coronavirus," Katie Miller, Press Secretary to Vice President, said in a statement.

Neither President Donald Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual, she said.

"Further contact tracing is being conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines," Miller said.

This is the first case of a White House staffer being tested positive for the deadly virus. Last week, Trump had tested for the coronavirus but the result was negative.

The White House has instituted strict provisions for entry of individuals within its premises. Members of the presidential physicians' team and secret service take temperature of every individual who enter the premises.

The seating arrangements in the White House briefing room has been rearranged to maintain social distancing.

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