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Pelosi positive for COVID-19, was in White House with Biden

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for COVID-19, a day after appearing unmasked at a White House event with President Joe Biden.

Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic, her spokesperson Drew Hammill said in a tweet Thursday. He said she had tested negative earlier in the week.

“The president is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is grateful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided,” Hammill said.

Pelosi will “quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and tested regularly,” he said.

The 82-year-old Democratic leader’s announcement preceded her weekly press appearance on Capitol Hill, which was abruptly canceled. The Chamber is about to begin a two-week spring break.

Pelosi also postponed a planned trip by a congressional delegation to Asia that she was to lead.

Washington has seen a rush of new COVID-19 cases as restrictions are lifted and more events and gatherings take place in Washington, DC

On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced positive tests. The officials were among more than a dozen attendees at Saturday night’s Gridiron Club dinner to test positive for the virus. Pelosi did not attend the dinner, her spokesperson said.

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser also announced Thursday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and would “work from home while following isolation protocols.”

Several lawmakers have announced positive test results and are self-isolating.

The Capitol reopened last week to some public tours for the first time since closing two years ago with the onset of the pandemic.

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