Kamala Harris tested negative for COVID-19 after being infected by two close contacts. The vice president and her husband underwent different tests after people close to both, including an employee in the White House, contracted the infectious disease.
After two close contacts with the couple, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emmehof, have been tested negatively for antigens, including one of their employees tested positive for coronavirus. "This morning, the vice president and the second gentleman have undergone an antigen test that has been negative, " the White House reported to the press, according to CNN. In addition to this diagnostic test, Harris has undergone a PCR, the results of which will be available in the next few hours, as detailed by the US administration. Joe Biden's 'Number Two' will receive the latest results in Los Angeles, where she is enjoying the Christmas holidays with her husband. Harris had on Wednesday tested negative for two COVID-19 tests that were run by the positives from his close contacts. This was reported in a statement by the vice president's spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, who noted that it is in the "public interest" to know whether Harris or the US president, Joe Biden, as well as the first lady and the second gentleman, have been in close contact with a White House official who has subsequently tested positive. According to the statement, the official attended Harris "throughout the day on Tuesday," according to the statement. "Yesterday, Monday, and every day for the past week, this staff member tested negative for COVID-19," Sanders explained. The person, whose identity was not disclosed, received his full schedule of vaccinations and the booster. The spokeswoman indicated that Harris underwent an antigen test on Wednesday morning as part of their periodic tests, in which he was negative. And, after being notified of the positive result from the member of his staff, a PCR test was performed, also with a negative impact. The next test that the vice president will undergo will be after Monday, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English), added the spokeswoman. The United States has experienced a rebound in coronavirus infections in recent days, attributed in 73% of cases to the Omicron variant. By increasing contagions, United Airlines Holdings Inc . canceled more than 100 flights on Friday, the day before Christmas, while Delta Air Lines Inc. suspended about 90. In an email sent Thursday, United reported that an increase in cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 had affected the availability of flight crew and ground personnel. Delta said its cancellations were due to a combination of reasons, including, but not limited to, possible inclement weather at some locations and an omicron impact. " Delta teams exhausted all options and resources - including route changes and aircraft and crew substitutions to cover scheduled flights - before canceling about 90 flights for Friday," Delta said in a statement emailed on Friday. The airline continues to operate about 3,100 flights on Friday. The end of the year festivities is one of the busiest times for travel. The Transportation Security Administration estimated that December 22 and 23 would be the most active travel dates nationally and locally before Christmas, and January 2 and 3 the busiest for post-holiday travel.