May 6, 2022: -On Wednesday, the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for Covid-19 after having a few symptoms, the State Department said.
Blinken is fully vaccinated and boosted against the coronavirus and is feeling only “mild” symptoms, the department added. The top U.S. diplomat is not considered in close contact with Biden.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president tested negative for Covid just a day before testing positive.
Blinken’s diagnosis comes eight days after Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for the coronavirus.
“We are in the process. We have notified those individuals he has been in close contact following [federal health agency] guidance,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
Blinken and his wife Evan Ryan, and Biden attended the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington on Saturday night. Nearly 2,600 people attended, including high-profile journalists and government officials. Attendees were to be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test.
Blinken and his wife were guests of NBCUniversal, CNBC’s parent company, at the event.
Ryan is the White House Cabinet secretary, acting as the liaison between Biden and the U.S. departments and agencies whose leaders make up the president’s Cabinet.
Blinken “will quarantine at home. He will follow [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guideline,” said spokesman Price, who also attended the White House correspondents’ gala. “I know he very much looks forward to returning to the office, returning to his full schedule, and returning to the road just as soon as he can.”
Before getting a positive result for Covid through a PCR test, Blinken had been scheduled to speak at the Kuwaiti embassy in Washington for a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees event.