Caribbean Born US DHS Secretary Is COVID-19 Positive

US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, seen here speaking during the US-Mexico High Level Security Dialogue at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations in Mexico City, on October 8, 2021, is COVID-19 positive. (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. Oct. 21, 2021 (Reuters) – The U.S’ Caribbean born Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, who is vaccinated, has tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said.

“Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for COVID-19 after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols,” the DHS said on Twitter.

“He 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”, the tweet added.

The Cuba born secretary was scheduled to travel to Colombia along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but he is now working from home.

The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has led to breakthrough infections in some fully vaccinated people, although their cases tend to be milder, typically without requiring hospitalization.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Bill Berkrot)