Top Pence aides test positive for Covid-19

Top Pence aides test positive for Covid-19

The latest example was Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short, and reportedly several of his aides, testing positive for Covid, swelling the list of administration staff to have caught the virus.

At least five people on his staff, including his bodyman and Marc Short, his chief of staff, tested positive, but Pence insists on maintaining an aggressive campaign schedule in the final week of the race.

US Vice-President Mike Pence planned to press ahead with campaigning including a Sunday (Oct 25) trip to the battleground state of North Carolina after multiple close aides tested positive for the coronavirus, as the pandemic remained front and centre in the presidential race.

That exempts the vice president from quarantining, despite being a "close contact" to someone who has been infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, the spokesman said.

The new infections offered a reminder of the way Mr. Trump and his allies have downplayed the advice of public health experts to wear masks and observe social-distancing guidelines to combat COVID-19 transmission.

As chief of staff to Pence, Short has been a key aide involved with the US coronavirus response. Smaller portions would take action to make their displeasure known: 22% of Biden supporters and 16% of Trump supporters said they would engage in street protests or even violence if their preferred candidate loses.

When a CNN interviewer asked Meadows why the administration would not get control of the virus, he replied, "Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu".

Joshua Sharfstein, vice-dean for public health practice at Johns Hopkins University, said he did not believe Mr Pence should be making public appearances. Trump himself has resumed a hectic schedule since recovering from his own recent coronavirus case.

The U.S.is in the midst of yet another surge of infections, with new cases exceeding 83,000 on Friday, a record. But Meadows on Sunday appeared to contradict that assessment. Last Tuesday, the vice president's outside political adviser, Marty Oates, also tested positive for coronavirus.

Then, after arriving in Pennsylvania for the first of three rallies, Trump said it was asked to respond Biden's "white flag" statement. Pence is scheduled to address rallies in Kinston, North Carolina, later on Sunday and in Hibbing, Minnesota, on Monday.

The California senator appeared to have the White House in mind when she praised first responders as "people who reject the notion that we can not control this virus". "Anytime there is a cluster like this I would advise that the entire office transition to remote work for 14 days", Nelson said.

"The Washington Post headline says White House gives up on trying to slow virus spread - no caveats, just a deadly admission", Biden said.

The mayor said many who attended the now-infamous event were "embarrassed" by their participation and explained she does not want to see DC residents and others from the surrounding areas put in a similar situation.

Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease expert at George Mason University, called Pence's decision to travel "grossly negligent" regardless of the stated justification that Pence is an essential worker.

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