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US election 2020: Pence Still Campaigning In Spite aide’s Covid Diagnosis

US election 2020: Pence Still Campaigning In Spite aide’s Covid Diagnosis

US election 2020: Pence Still Campaigning In Spite aide’s Covid Diagnosis

US Vice-President Mike Pence plans to maintain a busy election campaign schedule despite being exposed to a senior aide who has tested positive for Covid-19, his spokesman says.


Donald Trump’s running mate will not isolate despite being a close contact of Marc Short, the VP chief of staff.

Mr Pence and his wife both tested negative on Sunday, his office said.

With infections hitting record highs, Covid-19 is at the centre of the campaign ahead of the 3 November vote.

About 59 million ballots have already been cast in early voting, a record figure largely spurred by the pandemic.


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Mr Trump’s Democratic challenger, former Vice-President Joe Biden, holds an average eight-point lead in national polls. But the race is much closer in several important swing states.

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Mr Pence – who leads the White House Coronavirus Task Force – and his wife, Karen, remained “in good health”, his spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.

“While Vice-President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the vice-president will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines for essential personnel,” he added.

Those measures include regular monitoring for symptoms and mask-wearing. CDC guidelines also state that those who have had close contact with someone who has Covid-19 should self-isolate for 14 days.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reacts to supporters outside the New Hampshire State House as he walks near his Chief of Staff Marc ShortREUTERS

Speaking on CNN, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Mr Pence continued to perform “essential” duties as vice-president but did not explain how his campaign activities could be classified as “essential”.

Pence Still Campaigning In Spite aide’s Covid Diagnosis

Mr Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington DC following a day of campaigning in Florida on Saturday, and after the news of Mr Short’s diagnosis was made public, AP news agency reports.

Earlier this month, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris temporarily halted her campaign travel after two members of her staff tested positive. The campaign said it was a precautionary decision as the pair were not considered to be close contacts of the senator.

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Meanwhile, media reports say Pence adviser Marty Obst and at least two other members of staff have recently tested positive. The cases have raised questions about White House Covid-19 protocol, three weeks after President Trump was admitted to hospital with the virus before making a recovery.

The vice-president held a rally on Sunday afternoon in Kinston, North Carolina.


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