U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday afternoon after beginning to experience symptoms, the State Department said.
“Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon via a PCR test. The Secretary is fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus and is experiencing only mild symptoms. He tested negative on Tuesday and again as recently as this morning. The Secretary has not seen President Biden in person for several days, and the President is not considered a close contact according to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” US State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president tested negative for Covid on Tuesday.
Blinken’s diagnosis comes eight days after Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for the coronavirus.
The secretary of state had met with Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde before his positive test Wednesday; on Tuesday, he met with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard.
“We are in the process and we have notified those individuals with whom he has been in close contact following [federal health agency] guidance,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.