US State Secretary Mike Pompeo quarantines after coronavirus exposure

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The State Department stated Wednesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had come into contact with an individual who examined constructive for Covid-19 and was quarantining.

The division stated Pompeo had examined adverse for the virus however was being monitored by medical professionals. It stated it might not establish the contaminated particular person with whom Pompeo got here into contact for privateness causes.

The announcement comes as Pompeo and the division have been criticized for internet hosting vacation events amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Secretary Pompeo has been identified as having come into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid,” the division stated. “The Secretary has been tested and is negative. In accordance with CDC guidelines, he will be in quarantine. He is being closely monitored by the Department’s medical team.”

Pompeo had been anticipated to attend President Donald Trump’s Cabinet assembly later Wednesday though the appointment was not listed on his public schedule. He had additionally tentatively deliberate to fulfill with President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to succeed him, Antony Blinken, on Thursday. The standing of that assembly was not instantly clear.

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