White House press secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for COVID-19 for second time

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday she had again tested positive for COVID-19 and would not be accompanying President Joe Biden to Europe for meetings on the invasion. of Ukraine by Russia.

PSAKI tweeted that she took a test in preparation for Wednesday’s trip and it came back positive. This is the second time she has tested positive for COVID-19. She contracted the virus for the first time in October 2021.

She said she would follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and no longer accompany Biden to Belgium and Poland.

“I had two social distancing meetings with the President yesterday, and the President is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidelines,” Psaki said in a statement.

The statement said Biden received a negative PCR test result on Tuesday.

PSAKI says she is experiencing “mild symptoms”.

“As per White House COVID-19 protocols, I will be working from home and plan to return to work in person at the end of a five-day isolation period and testing negative,” she said. declared.