onsdag 18. mars 2020

Pompeo says State Department employees tested positive for coronavirus as he blasts Iran and China over 'disinformation'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday a "handful" of State Department employees have tested positive for the coronavirus in the first official acknowledgement that his staff has been directly affected by the pandemic.

"We've had a couple of employees -- you can count 'em on one hand -- who have positive tests," Pompeo said during a briefing at the State Department. "We've handled those exactly the way we're asking every American to respond to those, wherever they find themselves in the world." He did not elaborate on where the employees are posted. Pompeo stressed that the State Department continues its operations to serve American citizens abroad, even as he offered no details and some Americans report being unable to get assistance from embassies overseas.