The Secretary of Defense of the United States tested positive for COVID-19.

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source: reuters.com

The Secretary of Defense of the United States tested positive for COVID-19.

Lloyd Austin stated that his activity would not halt as he virtually plans to attend scheduled meetings. He also assured that his last meeting with President Biden was on December 21.

The US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after detecting mild symptoms of the disease and has said that he will resume his activity electronically while performing a five-day quarantine.

“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. I requested the test today after showing symptoms while at home. My symptoms are mild, and I am following my doctor's instructions, ” Austin said on his official Twitter profile, who was enjoying his vacation.

Likewise, he has declared that his activity will not be paralyzed since he plans to attend scheduled meetings virtually and has announced that health personnel has already begun to trace all his close contacts.

“My last meeting with the president (Biden) was Tuesday, December 21, more than a week before my symptoms began. I said negative that morning. I have not been to the Pentagon since Thursday, where I met briefly and only with some members of the staff, "he clarified.

With the complete vaccination and the booster dose, which he received in early October, Austin has said that having been vaccinated "has made the infection much milder than it would have been" in the case of not having the regimen.

“Vaccines work and will continue to be a military medical requirement for our workforce. I continue to encourage all those who meet the criteria to receive a booster vaccine to get it, "he stressed.

The United States is experiencing "an almost vertical increase" in coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant advances. Still, the peak of infections may be only a few weeks away, the principal adviser to the White House in the fight against the pandemic, Anthony Fauci.

" We are amid a very severe increase in cases, " said epidemiologist head of the US government in the program This Week, chain ABC, and noted that the increasing rate of infection is "really unprecedented."

With the Omicron variant sweeping the world, more than 440,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the United States on Friday, nearly 200,000 more than during a peak last February.

But Fauci said the experience from South Africa, where the strain was first detected in late November and peaked quickly and then declined almost as quickly, offers some hope.

Meanwhile, the US Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, assured this Sunday that despite the increase in cases of covid in the country, the objective is to keep schools open for students to attend in person. However, he acknowledged that there might be some problems at the beginning of the year due to the increase in covid-19 cases.

“We have been very clear: we expect that schools are open full time for students to come in person. We remember the impact of last year's school closings, " Cardona said in an interview on Fox television.

However, Cardona acknowledged that there might be problems "especially this week" when students plan to return to classes after the Christmas holidays.

Expressly, he indicated that the latest data suggests that between 5% and 10% of school employees have reported that they will not go to educational centers because they are infected on Monday.

Cardona insisted on the effectiveness of vaccines available in the country for those over five years of age, noting that where "vaccination rates" are high, there are fewer disruptions "in schools.

Several US school districts have delayed back-to-school days for all students and teachers to take pre-school testing.