Vice President Mike Pence’s top advisers, including his chief of staff, test positive for coronavirus

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short, and two other top aides have tested positive for coronavirus.

Devin O’Malley, a spokesman for Mr. Pence said the Vice President and Second Lady both tested negative for the virus.

“Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for Covid-19 today, and remain in good health,” Mr. O’Malley said. “While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the vice president will maintain his schedule in accordance with the C.D.C. guidelines for essential personnel.”

The New York Times quoted two people briefed on the matter as saying that the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had sought to keep news of the outbreak from becoming public.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus a weeks ago and recovered. More than 225,000 Americans have been killed by the deadly virus.

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