Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quarantining after COVID-19 exposure

The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is quarantining after COVID-19 exposure, the State Department said in a brief statement on Wednesday.

“Secretary Pompeo has been identified as having come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID,” the Department said. “For reasons of privacy we can’t identify that individual. 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 was criticized early this week for organizing what many labelled as a Super spreader party with close to 900 guests at the Department of State, although only about 70 people ended up showing up.

He’s the latest senior Trump administration official to go into isolation after a COVID-19 exposure or a positive test.

The United States is currently losing about 2400 people a day from COVID-19 with record hospitalizations as well. More than 16 million people have been sickened by the virus in the U.S.

The COVID Tracking Project reported on Tuesday that more than 110,000 Americans were hospitalized with the deadly coronavirus that has claimed more than 300,000 lives.

Amid the rising death toll, mass vaccinations are currently taking place after the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine was approved by the FDA at the weekend. A second vaccine from Moderna is set to be approved by Friday. But health experts have warned that it will take many months before up to 70 percent of Americans are vaccinated to weaken the virus in the U.S.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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