Psaki was positive on COVID-19, Biden was last seen on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was positive on COVID-19 on Sunday and has mild symptoms, she said in a statement.

Psaki, 42, said she was vaccinated and last saw President Joe Biden on Tuesday as they sat outside more than 1.8 meters apart and wore masks.

“I’m revealing today’s positive test because of the abundance of transparency,” Psaki said.

Psaki, a White House chief spokeswoman, decided not to join Biden on his trip to Rome and Glasgow this week because a member of her household tested positive for the virus and was then quarantined, she said.

He has been in quarantine since Wednesday and was negative several times before being positive on Sunday, she said.

Psaki intended to return to work after the end of a 10-day quarantine after a negative COVID rapid test, she said in a statement.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason, writing by Laura Sanicola and Simon Lewis; editing by Diane Craft and Peter Cooney)

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