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Alejandro Mayorkas: Homeland Security secretary tests positive for Covid-19

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of Homeland Security, has tested positive for Covid-19, his department has announced.

Mr Mayorkas is fully vaccinated and experiencing only mild symptoms.

He was supposed to travel to Colombia with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but will instead isolate and work from home.

Department spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said in a statement: “Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the Covid-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols.”

She continued: “Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice. Contact tracing is underway.”