US defense chief tests positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated

Author: Mon, 2022-01-03 04:10 WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday with mild symptoms, but would retain all authorities as he quarantined at home for the next five days. Austin, who is vaccinated and has received a booster, said in a statement he last met President Joe Biden on Dec. 21, more than a week before he started experiencing symptoms. “As my doctor made clear to me, my fully vaccinated status — and the booster I received in early October — have rendered the infection much more mild than it would otherwise have been,” Austin added. Austin said he requested a test earlier on Sunday after having symptoms while at home on vacation. The rapid spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant has led to a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections. US authorities registered at least 346,869 new coronavirus on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally. The US death toll from COVID-19 rose by at least 377 to 828,562. “To the degree possible, I plan to attend virtually this coming week those key meetings and discussions required to inform my situational awareness and decision making. I will retain all authorities,” Austin said. He added that his deputy, Kathleen Hicks, would represent him in some matters.    Main category: WorldTags: Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinCoronavirus COVID-19 booster necessary to confront ‘fast-spreading’ variant, Saudi health officials sayFrance to ease COVID-19 rules as England says curbs are ‘last resort’

US defense chief tests positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated
Author: Mon, 2022-01-03 04:10 WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday with mild symptoms, but would retain all authorities as he quarantined at home for the next five days. Austin, who is vaccinated and has received a booster, said in a statement he last met President Joe Biden on Dec. 21, more than a week before he started experiencing symptoms. “As my doctor made clear to me, my fully vaccinated status — and the booster I received in early October — have rendered the infection much more mild than it would otherwise have been,” Austin added. Austin said he requested a test earlier on Sunday after having symptoms while at home on vacation. The rapid spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant has led to a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections. US authorities registered at least 346,869 new coronavirus on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally. The US death toll from COVID-19 rose by at least 377 to 828,562. “To the degree possible, I plan to attend virtually this coming week those key meetings and discussions required to inform my situational awareness and decision making. I will retain all authorities,” Austin said. He added that his deputy, Kathleen Hicks, would represent him in some matters.    Main category: WorldTags: Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinCoronavirus COVID-19 booster necessary to confront ‘fast-spreading’ variant, Saudi health officials sayFrance to ease COVID-19 rules as England says curbs are ‘last resort’