Saturday, November 27

COVID-19: Alejandro Mayorkas, US Secretary of Homeland Security, tests positive for the virus

The Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) of USA, Alejandro Mayorkas, tested positive for COVID-19, his office reported on Tuesday.

Mayorkas experience “only mild congestion”, remain isolated and work from home following the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) and medical advice, explained DHS spokeswoman Marsha Espinosa in a statement released by CNN.

According to the spokeswoman, the tracing of the contacts maintained by the secretary is “under way.”

CNN indicated that Mayorkas planned to travel to Colombia with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who this Tuesday began a journey that will take him to Quito and then to Bogotá, although finally the head of DHS has not done so.

Mayorkas underwent a COVID test within the protocols prior to any official trip.

The 61-year-old official has directed the Department of Homeland Security since February 2, the agency in charge of the immigration system and border protection.

Born in Havana (Cuba), Mayorkas became the first Hispanic and first immigrant to head DHS.



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