WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday (Jan 2) mentioned he had examined constructive for Covid-19 and had gentle signs, however would retain all authorities as he quarantined at residence for the following 5 days.
Mr Austin, who’s vaccinated and has acquired a booster, mentioned in a press release he final met President Joe Biden on Dec 21, greater than every week earlier than he began experiencing signs.
“As my doctor made clear to me, my fully vaccinated status – and the booster I received in early October – have rendered the infection much more mild than it would otherwise have been,” Mr Austin added.
Mr Austin mentioned he requested a check earlier on Sunday after having signs whereas at residence on trip.
The speedy unfold of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant has led to a pointy enhance in Covid-19 infections.
US authorities registered at the very least 346,869 new coronavirus on Saturday, in response to a Reuters tally.
The US demise toll from Covid-19 rose by at the very least 377 to 828,562.
“To the degree possible, I plan to attend virtually this coming week those key meetings and discussions required to inform my situational awareness and decision making. I will retain all authorities,” Mr Austin mentioned.
He added that his deputy, Ms Kathleen Hicks, would symbolize him in some issues.