For the past 6 months, the novel coronavirus has been raging across the world. Nearly 11 million people have been affected by the virus, and more than 521,000 have lost their lives. The United States of America is currently the worst-affected country in the world. America has reported 2.8 million confirmed cases, and its death toll has crossed 131,000.
Now, members of Mike Pence’s staff have been diagnosed with the virus.
WHICH MEMBERS OF MIKE PENCE’S STAFF HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS?
Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to leave for Arizona on Tuesday. However, his trip was delayed after 8 Secret Service agents assigned to Pence’s detail tested positive for the virus.
According to the Washington Post, the trip was delayed so the Secret Service could swap the agents that tested positive with healthy ones.
In a statement made to CNN, Secret Service Director of Communications Catherine Milhoan said –
“The health and safety of our workforce, their families, and that of our protectees remains the agency’s highest priority.”
She added –
“The agency continues to operate in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations through the U.S. Secret Service Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Programs.”
Two SS agents on Donald Trump’s detail also tested positive after his rally in Tulsa. Following this, dozens of Secret Service agents were quarantined as a precaution.
The number of engagements originally a part of Pence’s Arizona trip were also reduced, owing to the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The number of confirmed cases is skyrocketing in Arizona. On 1st July, the state reported 4,878 new cases as well as 88 deaths within 24 hours, breaking earlier records.
Arizona’s department of health took to Twitter to acknowledge this.
“Today Arizona will be reporting record highs for reported new #COVID19 cases and deaths. The virus is widespread in Arizona. Please follow all public health guidance to keep yourself and others safe and help contain the spread. #MaskUpAZ #SaferAtHome”
Today Arizona will be reporting record highs for reported new #COVID19 cases and deaths. The virus is widespread in Arizona. Please follow all public health guidance to keep yourself and others safe and help contain the spread. #MaskUpAZ #SaferAtHome pic.twitter.com/MDkrd2foq7
— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) July 1, 2020