The United States Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, tested positive for coronavirus covid-19his office reported Tuesday.
Mayorkas experiences “only mild congestion,” will remain isolated and will work from home following the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and medical advice, explained DHS spokeswoman Marsha Espinosa in a statement released. by the chain CNN.
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According to the spokeswoman, the tracing of the contacts maintained by the secretary is “underway.”
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 DHS official has not done so.
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Mayorkas a test of covid-19 within the protocols prior to any official trip.
The 61-year-old has headed 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.
In the last few months, Mayorkas It has had to face various crises on the border with Mexico, which has been closed since last year due to the pandemic, although this has not deterred thousands of immigrants who try to enter the United States illegally.
The most recent chapter of the complex situation on the border took place in the town of Del Río (Texas), where thousands of immigrants arrived en masse, mostly Haitians, who crossed the border on foot and settled in a makeshift camp under a bridge that connects the US with Mexico.
According to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University, the United States already has more than 45 million confirmed cases of covid-19 and exceeds 720,000 deaths.
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