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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tests positive for COVID-19

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Antony Blinker has mild symptoms, says U.S. State department

Antony Blinker has mild symptoms, says U.S. State department

The State Department said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and related events over the weekend.

Spokesman Ned Price said Mr. Blinken tested positive in an OPCR test on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Price said Mr. Blinken is fully vaccinated and is experiencing only mild symptoms.

Mr. Blinken tested negative Tuesday and again earlier Wednesday morning. Mr. Blinken has not met in person with President Joe Biden for “several days” and is not considered a close contact of the president.

He met earlier on Wednesday at the State Department with the Swedish Foreign Minister. Mr. Blinken had been scheduled to give a speech on Thursday about the Biden administration’s China policy, but Mr. Price said that speech has been postponed.

Mr. Price said Mr. Blinken would isolate at home and work virtually until the quarantine period is over.

He is the latest Biden administration figure to test positive. Vice President Kamala Harris was cleared to return to to the White House on Tuesday after testing positive last week.



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