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Traveler with Biden tests positive for virus in Scotland

WASHINGTON (AP) – A man traveling with President Joe Biden to Europe last week tested positive for the coronavirus, the administration confirmed Thursday, saying the man had no close contact with the president.

The fully vaccinated person is asymptomatic and remains quarantined in Scotland while they undergo additional tests following a positive sidestream test issued by the UK government, which is required for all attendees of the UN Climate Summit in Scotland. The White House said Biden tested negative for the virus on Tuesday.

Breakthrough infections are rare among fully vaccinated people, but they are somewhat more common as the more transmitted delta variant of the virus has become the dominant strain in most parts of the world. Vaccines continue to significantly reduce serious illness and death.

The White House says that due to great caution – and in addition to the leadership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – several employees who were in close contact with the man did not return to the United States aboard Air Force One, and instead flew home. another government plane.

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Travelers with Biden on his five-day trip to Rome and Scotland were tested daily with a combination of rapid tests and more accurate PCR tests.

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This case is not related to the diagnosis of COVID-19 by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. She stayed home from an overseas trip after a family member tested positive for the virus. On Sunday, she publicly confirmed her diagnosis, stating that she has “mild symptoms” and continues to work from home while she waits for the infection to clear up.

Bloomberg was the first to report a positive case.

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