U.S. vice-president limits social contact after spokesperson tests positive for coronavirus

U.S. vice-president limits social contact after spokesperson tests positive for coronavirus

U.S. vice-president limits social contact after spokesperson tests positive for coronavirus

Several other news outlets shared similar stories, including Bloomberg, which reported that "three people familiar with the situation" had confirmed that Pence had been self-isolating away from the White House since Miller's diagnosis on Friday. Those officials are Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Dr. Stephen Hahn, head of the Food and Drug Administration.

Trump told CNN of Katie Miller: "She's a wonderful young woman, Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time and then all of a sudden today she tested positive".

The White House has also instituted daily coronavirus tests for Trump and Pence.

Mr Trump said he himself had not been in contact with Ms Miller, who is married to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, but that she had spent time with the vice president.

Trump had been in close contact with his valet as recently as Tuesday. The administrators also tackled the possibility of "separating" President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, but multiple officials ruled against it, saying that Trump and Pence will "still attend meetings together".

It was announced that Fauci will be joining all the administration's witnesses in testifying by videoconference "in an abundance of caution for our witnesses, senators, and the staff".

Despite the alarm though, Trump and his aides have maintained publicly the White House is a safe place, life has to go on, and America has to re-open for business taking into account there may be flare-ups that will need to be contained. The West Wing is also being sanitised on a more frequent basis, the official said. Two senior administration officials said there were no plans to keep Trump and Pence apart because of a concern that they both could be incapacitated by COVID-19.

At local levels, some states, counties and localities have made a decision to begin reopening by permitting non-essential businesses to operate and opening up areas that were shutdown to maintain social distancing guidelines - like beaches, golf courses and marinas.

"I think that many people would like to just pause for a moment and take a look at the economic impact of this massive assistance program, which is the greatest in United States history". Pence was informed of the aide's positive test shortly before departing for that trip.

"Secretary Azar will follow the advice of his physicians at the White House Medical Unit", said Caitlin Oakley, HHS spokeswoman. Miller tested positive on Friday morning, one day after testing negative.

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