U.S. defense secretary recovers from COVID-19

General Lloyd Austin

General Lloyd Austin

The Pentagon said U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tested negative on Sunday for COVID-19 a week after contracting the illness

Pentagon added that Austin plans to return to work on Monday.

“Secretary Austin is grateful for (the) efficacy of the vaccines he was administered. He knows that they rendered much less severe the effects of the virus,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

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“We know of no other senior Pentagon leaders who have contracted the virus at this time.”

Reuters reports that as the highly contagious Omicron variant fuels a surge in infections, the U.S. military announced last week it would increase restrictions at the Pentagon.

The restriction would include requiring most employees to work remotely and limiting official visitors.

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