National Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for Covid-19

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for Covid-19.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for Covid-19.

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WASHIGTON – The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for Covid-19his office reported Tuesday.

Mayorkas experiences “only mild congestion,” will remain isolated and will work from home following the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and medical advice, explained the DHS spokeswoman. Marsha espinosa in a statement released by CNN.

According to the spokeswoman, the tracing of the contacts maintained by the secretary is “under way.”

CNN indicated that Mayorkas He had planned to travel to Colombia with the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who this Tuesday began a journey that will take him to Quito and then to Bogotá, although finally the head of DHS has not done so.

Mayorkas a test of Covid-19 within the protocols prior to any official trip.

61 years old, he has been directing since last February 2 the Department of Homeland Security, the agency in charge of the immigration system and border protection.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Mayorkas he became the first Hispanic and first immigrant to head DHS.

In the last few months, Mayorkas has had to face various crises on the border with Mexico, which has been closed since last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, although this has not deterred thousands of immigrants who try to enter the United States illegally.

The most recent chapter of the complex situation on the border took place in the town of Del Río (Texas), where they arrived en masse. thousands of immigrants, mostly Haitians, who crossed the border on foot and settled in a makeshift camp under a bridge that connects the US with Mexico.

According to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University, The United States already has more than 45 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and exceeds 720,000 deaths.


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