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U.S. Defense Secretary Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, he introduced on Sunday night.

In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Mr. Austin stated he had examined optimistic for the virus on Sunday morning, after experiencing signs whereas at residence on go away.

“My symptoms are mild, and I am following my physician’s directions,” Mr. Austin stated, including that he deliberate to quarantine at residence for the subsequent 5 days whereas just about attending key conferences and discussions “to the degree possible.”

“I will retain all authorities,” he stated, including that Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of protection, would symbolize him as acceptable in different issues.

In sharing his analysis, the secretary of protection confused that his absolutely vaccinated standing — together with a booster acquired in early October — was to thank for his gentle signs.

“I am grateful,” Mr. Austin stated, including that vaccines remained a requirement for the army. He added: “The vaccines work.”

President Biden and different White House employees had been knowledgeable of Mr. Austin’s analysis, and make contact with tracing was being performed, he added, noting that his final assembly with the president had been greater than every week prior, and that he had acquired a damaging take a look at consequence for the virus that morning.

“I have not been in the Pentagon since Thursday, where I met briefly & only with a few staff,” Mr. Austin stated. “We were properly masked & socially distanced throughout.”