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Coronavirus in the White House : US Vice President Mike Pence does not want to be quarantined

US Vice President Mike Pence is not in domestic isolation after contact with an infected person, contrary to reports to the contrary. "Pence is not in quarantine," said spokesman Devin O'Malley late on Sunday evening. Pence plans to go about his regular duties on Monday. He had tested negative for the virus daily and was following the advice of the White House medical department, the statement said.

A reporter for the Bloomberg news agency had previously written on Twitter that Pence had gone into isolation because a White House employee had tested positive for the novel corona virus.

US President Donald Trump had said that Pence's spokeswoman Katie Miller had tested positive for the virus. The US president said he had no contact with the spokeswoman, who was married to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller. But she worked with Pence.

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A day earlier, it was revealed that Trump's personal servant had also tested positive. The government has no plans to keep Pence and President Donald Trump apart, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday. Both Trump and Pence have come under fire for not using face masks to protect against infection, despite a recommendation from the CDC.

Members of Trump's advisory team to combat the virus went into self-isolation on Sunday after coming into contact with an infected person, according to official information. The three people affected include Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, and Stephen Hahn, director of the FDA. (Reuters)

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