The Lithuanian Defense Minister and a senior Pentagon official have tested positive for COVID-19

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raymondas Karoubli speaks during a meeting with Acting US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on November 13, 2020. Reuters / Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said that Lithuanian Defense Minister Raymondas Karublis had tested positive for COVID-19, and Anthony Tata, a senior US defense official who met him at the Pentagon last week, has tested positive.

She added that the Lithuanian embassy informed the Pentagon that the Carublis test was positive on Thursday. Tata, who performs the duties of Undersecretary of Defense for policy, met Karoblis on November 13.

In its statement, the Pentagon said that all senior US defense officials who met with Carublis on November 13 and November 16, including Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, had undergone a COVID-19 test.

The statement said that Tata will be isolated at home for 14 days, but Miller is not subject to quarantine, adding that US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines were followed in meetings with the Lithuanian minister.

Last month, nearly all the heads of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff went into quarantine after two senior military officials who attended a high-level meeting tested positive for COVID-19.

The United States is facing a worrying rise in coronavirus infections and the death toll in the country due to COVID-19 exceeded 250,000 on Wednesday.

(Muhammad Zargham’s report). Edited by Clarence Fernandez and Anna Nicolasi da Costa

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