Vice pres­i­dent be­comes highestran­king U.S. of­fi­cial to take pre­cau­tions due to COVID-19

Fiji Sun - - NEWS -

Washington: U.S. Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence has been dis­tanc­ing him­self from others, but is not in self-quar­an­tine, af­ter his press sec­re­tary tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus, an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

“Vice Pres­i­dent Pence will con­tinue to fol­low the ad­vice of the White House Med­i­cal

Unit and is not in quar­an­tine,”

Devin O’Mal­ley, the vice pres­i­dent’s spokesper­son, said in a state­ment.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, Vice Pres­i­dent Pence has tested neg­a­tive ev­ery sin­gle day and plans to be at the White House to­mor­row.”

The As­so­ci­ated Press and Bloomberg News both used the term “self-iso­lat­ing” to de­scribe Mr Pence’s pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure, but NBC News cited a se­nior of­fi­cial as say­ing that “Pence’s pre­cau­tions did not amount to self-iso­la­tion be­cause there are no re­stric­tions on his sched­ule.”

The of­fi­cial added that the vice pres­i­dent “will be a low key for the next cou­ple of days,” ac­cord­ing to the NBC News re­port. Mr Pence, who leads the White House Coro­n­avirus Task Force, is the lat­est and high­est-rank­ing mem­ber of the ad­min­is­tra­tion to take re­stric­tive mea­sures to avoid so­cial con­tact, af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump last Fri­day con­firmed that Mr Pence’s press sec­re­tary, Katie Miller, had tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus.

U.S Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence.

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