President Nancy Pelosi of California has tested positive for the coronavirus, her office said Thursday, the latest senior official to do so as the virus spreads in Washington.
Drew Hammill, spokesperson for Ms Pelosi, said she was asymptomatic and had already been vaccinated and backed up. He added that Ms Pelosi, 82, had tested negative earlier this week.
“The speaker is fully vaccinated and strengthened, and is grateful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided,” Hammill said, adding that she would self-isolate in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
The speaker “encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and tested regularly,” he said.
Ms Pelosi, who is second in line to the presidency after Vice President Kamala Harris, was among lawmakers who appeared maskless with President Biden at a White House bill-signing ceremony earlier this week.
The positive test came just before his weekly press conference, which was later cancelled. Mr Hammill noted that a planned Congressional delegation to Asia, which Ms. Pelosi was to lead, would be postponed.