January 28, 2023

Nearly 900 US Secret Service employees tested positive for coronavirus, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – Almost 900 active US secret service employees – most of them responsible for protecting government officials and buildings – were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the year ending in March.

Special Agents, who protect the president, vice-president, and their families, made up more than half of the 881 employees who were infected, according to government records obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The uniformed division, which guards the White House and other federal buildings, made up the next largest group of infections.

The group, citing records obtained under the Freedom of Information act, on Tuesday described the number of Secret Service employees testing positive between March 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021.

The timeframe covers peak periods of the pandemic when president Donald Trump was in office, and extends into the first few months of Joe Biden’s presidency.

Trump routinely held campaign rallies and other events that violated public health guidelines by holding large-scale events with little social distancing or use of masks.

Trump shunned the use of masks at the White House.

Late last year, Trump was hospitalised with the virus and a number of other administration officials tested positive.

The Secret Service employs about 3,200 special agents, 1,300 Uniformed Division officers, and over 2,000 other administrative personnel, according to the agency’s website. These administrative staff contracted coronavirus at a comparatively lower rate.

in World
Related Posts

Le Pen re-elected as head of France’s far-right, Europe News & Top Stories

July 4, 2021

July 4, 2021

PERPIGNAN, FRANCE (AFP) – Ms Marine Le Pen won re-election as head of France’s far-right National Rally on Sunday (July...

Activist hedge fund Engine No. 1 extends gains with third seat on Exxon board, United States News & Top Stories

June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

HOUSTON (REUTERS) – Exxon Mobil shareholders have elected a third director nominated by hedge fund Engine No. 1 to the...

5 killed in car bombing in Somalia capital: Security official, World News & Top Stories

November 25, 2021

November 25, 2021

MOGADISHU (AFP) – Five people were killed and over a dozen injured in a car bombing near a school in...

US senators want review of Chinese donations to US universities, United States News & Top Stories

May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US senators offered legislation on Wednesday (May 26) that would require national security reviews of major Chinese...

White House lays out plan to share remaining 55 million US Covid-19 shots globally, United States News & Top Stories

June 21, 2021

June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The White House on Monday (June 21) laid out a plan to share 55 million US Covid-19...

US Supreme Court says over 250 patent judges were improperly appointed, United States News & Top Stories

June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) – The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday (June 21) that more than 250 administrative judges who hear...

Biden administration unveils plan to tackle domestic terrorism, United States News & Top Stories

June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Five months after the attack on the United States Capitol, the Biden administration on Tuesday (June 15)...

Nine children among 10 killed in storm-lashed Alabama crash, United States News & Top Stories

June 20, 2021

June 20, 2021

MIAMI (AFP) – Nine children and an adult were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on an Alabama highway as...

UK PM Johnson meets Germany’s Merkel with Covid-19 travel rules in focus, Europe News & Top Stories

July 2, 2021

July 2, 2021

LONDON (REUTERS) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met on Friday (July 2) with Covid-19...

Biden welcomes new Israeli government, reaffirms security support, United States News & Top Stories

June 13, 2021

June 13, 2021

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US President Joe Biden said the United States remained committed to Israel’s security and would work with...

British government to probe leak of Hancock kissing footage, Europe News & Top Stories

June 27, 2021

June 27, 2021

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain’s government will investigate how footage of former minister Matt Hancock kissing his aide found its way into...

Number of foreign tourists visiting Spain slowly recovers as restrictions ease, Europe News & Top Stories

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

MADRID (REUTERS) – The number of foreign tourists visiting Spain rose to 630,657 in April from a virtual zero in...

‘Space is for everyone’: Europe’s space agency to hire first disabled astronaut, Europe News & Top Stories

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

BERLIN (REUTERS) – The European Space Agency hopes to hire and launch the world’s first physically disabled astronaut and several...

WHO warns of ‘failure’ unless rich countries speed up Covid-19 vaccine sharing, Europe News & Top Stories

June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

GENEVA (REUTERS) – Wealthy countries need to give more Covid-19 vaccines and follow the United States in making doses available...

Mystery stones spark diamond rush in poor South African region, World News & Top Stories

June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

KWAHLATHI (AFP) – Single mother Lihle Magudulela spat out a mouthful of dirt as she sucked on a stone dug...