US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien tested positive for Covid-19 but the White House said his infection poses no risk to the president or Vice-President Mike Pence.
“[O’Brien] has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site,” the White House said in a statement.
“There is no risk of exposure to the president or the vice-president.” O’Brien, 54, the closest person to the president to contract the disease, has been out of the office since late last week, according to a person familiar with the matter.
O’Brien contracted the virus while taking a few days off from work, spending time with his family.
Since his diagnosis, O’Brien has been isolating at home while still running the National Security Council, doing most of his work by phone, another person said.
The people asked not to be named to discuss details that aren’t yet public.
O’Brien and senior staff on the NSC are tested daily for Covid-19.
His office is near the Oval Office and Pence’s West Wing office.
O’Brien’s infection was confirmed as the pandemic continues to surge with infections and deaths on the rise in many US states.
Trump last week resumed regular briefings to reporters about the virus after polls showed voters increasingly disapprove of the president’s handling of the virus.
There have been 16.2 million cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began earlier this year, with deaths passing 648,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
In the US, there have been more than 4.2 million cases and 146,935 deaths, according to the data.