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Blinken tests positive for the coronavirus, has mild symptoms

Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and related events over the weekend.
(Al Drago / Associated Press)

The State Department said Wednesday that Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and related events over the weekend.

Spokesman Ned Price said Blinken tested positive in a PCR test on Wednesday afternoon. Price said Blinken is fully vaccinated and is experiencing only mild symptoms.

Blinken tested negative Tuesday and again earlier Wednesday morning. Blinken has not met in person with President Biden for “several days” and is not considered a close contact of the president.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in California, prompting one health official to say the state is heading into the next wave of the pandemic.

He met earlier Wednesday at the State Department with the Swedish foreign minister. Blinken had been scheduled to give a speech Thursday about the Biden administration’s China policy, but Price said that speech has been postponed.

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Price said Blinken would isolate at home and work virtually until the isolation period is over.

He is the latest Biden administration figure to test positive. Vice President Kamala Harris was cleared to return to the White House on Tuesday after testing positive last week.


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