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Another outbreak at the White House: Mike Pence’s team tests positive

A Pence spokesman, who tested negative on a new test, said the vice president will not alter his schedule while campaigning ahead of the Nov.3 election.


A new sprout of coronavirus in the White House, which involves the personal of the Vice President Mike Pence, comes when United States reported a near record number of new cases Saturday.

They reported 79,852 new infections on Saturday, around record of the yesterday of 84 thousand 244 new cases.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise and have reached their peak in the past two months and deaths are also on the rise, according to a tally based on official figures.

A Pence spokesman said Saturday that Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The tests on Pence and his wife came back negative earlier and the vice president will not alter his schedule while campaigning ahead of the Nov.3 election, the spokesman said.

Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, told CNN on Sunday that Pence was an essential worker and did not need to quarantine him as recommended by the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some of Pence’s advisers also tested positive, Meadows said.

The latest outbreak follows what health experts described as a super-propagating event at the White House on Sept. 26, where President Donald Trump announced the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

So far in October, 29 states have set records for the increase in new cases, including five states considered key in the presidential election: Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Hospitals are under pressure in several states, including North Dakota, which is hit hardest based on recent new cases per capita, according to an updated analysis.

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