Several US lawmakers and administration officials have also tested positive, but the White House says Biden remains virus-free.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has become the latest US official to COVID-19 contract after several lawmakers and cabinet members also tested positive for the virus this week.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said the 82-year-old Democratic leader tested positive on Thursday but had no symptoms.
“Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is grateful for the strong protection the vaccine has provided,” Hammill said in a statement.
Pelosi was very close to President Joe Biden at a signing ceremony for a postal reform bill on Wednesday.
The White House said in a statement Thursday that the president has tested negative for the virus.
“The president is not considered a close contact of Speaker Pelosi as defined by the [US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. The President saw Speaker Pelosi at White House events and had brief interactions over the course of the last two days,” the White House said.
“Last night, as part of his regular testing cadence, the president tested negative. It will continue to be evaluated regularly. The President wishes Speaker Pelosi a speedy recovery.”
Vice President Kamala Harris, whose communications director tested positive on Wednesday, also tested negative on Thursday, a White House official was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.
Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, as did Congressmen Adam Schiff, Katherine Clark, Joaquin Castro, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Derek Kilmer and Scott Peters.
Several of the officials who tested positive had attended events together in Washington, DC. Most lawmakers with positive tests have said they have mild cases, accrediting vaccination for its mild symptoms.
“I feel fine, thanks to being vaccinated and boosted,” Peters, a California Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday.
Kilmer also said that he was experiencing no symptoms. “I am currently asymptomatic, and I am grateful to have been vaccinated and boosted. I will follow CDC guidance and self-isolate for the next few days. My office will remain fully operational,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
COVID-19 cases in the US, which peaked in January with the spread of the omicron variantThey have been in decline for months.
The United States has reported more than 80 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 984,000 virus-related deaths. from the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.