The White House said that US Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, making her the latest high-ranking figure in Washington to develop the coronavirus.
Harris has not been in direct communication with President Joe Biden or his wife Jill Biden “due to their respective recent travel schedules,” a representative for the vice president said in a statement on Tuesday.
On rapid and PCR testing today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19, said spokesperson Kirsten Allen. “She has shown no symptoms and will remain isolated and work from the vice president’s mansion.”
Top US cabinet members and congressmen, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.
In recent weeks, the virus has infected a number of White House employees, as well as Harris’s husband, Douglas Emhoff.
Despite outbreaks in US political circles, Biden, who tests for COVID-19 on a regular basis, has not been infected, according to the White House.
The White House said on Tuesday that “The President and the Vice President spoke on the phone this afternoon.” “Biden wanted to check in and make sure she has everything she needs as she quarantines at home.”