More than 130 U.S. Secret Service officers guarding U.S. President Donald Trump have contracted COVID-19 as a result of his campaign tour. This was reported by The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the situation.
According to sources, the infected employees, as well as those who were in direct contact with the infected, were ordered to quarantine. The number of such officers is more than 10% of the entire Secret Service security team.
At the same time, it is believed that the outbreak of coronavirus among service employees is partially related to Trump's election rallies, which took place before the November 3 elections, the newspaper notes.
Due to the coronavirus, many officers have stopped doing their jobs, adding to the workload on the remaining security forces.
The Washington Post points out that the virus also affected White House and campaign staff who fell ill after campaign events where many in attendance were not wearing face masks.
Among those infected is White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, as well as freelance political advisers Corey Lewandowski and David Bossi.
In addition, COVID-19 was diagnosed in the staff of the National Committee of the Republican Party, including the head of the staff of the committee, Richard Walters. According to sources, some infected are from local offices of the committee, particularly in Pennsylvania, where it is suspected that the infection could have occurred as a result of large staff meetings.
Regarding infections among the US Secret Service, her spokesman declined to comment on the situation.
According to the publication, on November 2, when Trump visited 5 cities in the United States, it was required that 5 groups of Secret Service officers were dispersed across the cities along the route of the president, and each group had from 20 to several dozen people.
The Secret Service employs about 1,300 officers to guard the White House and the residence of the US Vice President. Staff also provide security during presidential trips out of town and at official events.