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Pentagon chief Austin says he has tested positive for COVID

Lloyd Austin
Posted at 5:53 PM, Jan 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-02 20:53:29-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms while quarantining at home.

In a statement Sunday night, Austin says he plans to attend key meetings and discussions virtually in the coming week “to the degree possible.”

Austin says he was fully vaccinated and received a booster a few months ago.

Another member of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, tested positive for COVID-19 in October.