U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, April 26, on rapid and PCR tests. She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the vice president’s residence,” said Harris’ press secretary, Kirsten Allen. “She has not been a close contact to the president or first lady due to their respective recent travel schedules,” Ms. Allen said, adding that Ms. Harris would “return to the White House when she tests negative.”
As infections from the virulent, but dramatically less dangerous, Omicron variant of the coronavirus mount, the White House has publicly aired the possibility of the 79-year-old Biden testing positive – while downplaying any potential fallout. “It is certainly possible that he will test positive for Covid, and he is vaccinated, he is boosted and protected from the most severe strains of the virus,” White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said earlier this month.
Vice President Harris, 57, is the latest in a rash of cases sweeping through the Washington elite. Her husband, Doug Emhoff, came down with Covid in March, although Ms. Harris herself remained negative. Recent cases also include White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who contracted Covid in March and also last year, as well as House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In October 2020, before vaccines were available, then president Donald Trump spent three days in a hospital receiving emergency treatment for Covid-19, which he had told Americans was not a danger.
More than 900,000 people in the United States have now died from Covid-19, which at its peak killed over 3,000 a day. Currently, about 300 to 400 people die from Covid every day in the world’s richest country.