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COVID-19: US VP’s Chief Of Staff Tests Positive

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US Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, a spokesman said, the latest in a list of figures connected to Donald Trump’s administration to do so.

Marc Short began quarantine and was assisting in the contract tracing process, Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.

“Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health,” he added.

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Pence, who has been campaigning ahead of the November 3 election, will maintain his current schedule in consultation with White House doctors, said the spokesman.

A surge in COVID-19 cases led to the United States reaching a record number of daily infections for a second day running on Saturday, with nearly 89,000 new cases.

A list of people connected to the White House have contracted the virus, including President Trump, who was hospitalized before recovering.

The virus has claimed more than 224,000 American lives.

Credit: AFP

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