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Reporter joining White House briefings tests Covid-19 positive

11 Jul 2020 08:10, Somoy English Desk
Reporter joining White House briefings tests Covid-19 positive
Reporter joining White House briefings tests Covid-19 positive

A reporter who attended White House briefings last week has tested positive for coronavirus.

The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) released the information on Thursday.

The case marks the first known coronavirus case among the White House press corps, reports Xinhua.

The reporter, who has not been named, wore a mask during press briefings with Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday and Wednesday, the WHCA said.

"The individual is asymptomatic. We are contacting those who the individual recalled being in closer contact," wrote WHCA President Jonathan Karl in an email.

"Other than the briefings, this person did not spend time working out of the White House and was only in briefing room itself, not elsewhere in our workspace," Karl wrote.

The White House said it would test those present at briefings, according to the WHCA.

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