More than 130 U.S. Secret Service agents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus or have been in close contact with infected colleagues, according to The Washington Post, citing knowledgeable anonymous sources.
Secret service agents are responsible, among other things, for protecting President Donald Trump on his travels and in the White House. The infected officers were ordered to self-isolate, according to the newspaper.
According to these sources, the infections of these agents are linked to the rallies organized by the campaign team of the US president as part of the presidential election on November 3.
Also according to the Washington Post, about 10% of the bodyguard has been put “on the sidelines”.
Since last month, the President, the First Lady, their son and several White House officials and those on the campaign team have contracted the coronavirus after taking part in events where many people were not wearing face masks. .
White House spokesman Judd Deere told the Washington Post that the administration takes “every case seriously,” while the Secret Service has declined to comment.
The infections reported among presidential guard officers come at a time when many states fear a new wave of contagion. More than 153,000 new infections in the United States were reported Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University, the first time that the total number of new infections in one day has exceeded 150,000.
To date, nearly 10.6 million people in the United States have contracted the coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the COVID-19 disease is approaching 243,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.