White House press sec Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for COVID-19

  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is not currently experiencing symptoms.
  • She added that according to the White House medical unit, she was not in close contact with any reporters, producers, or members of the press.
  • McEnany also said that she “definitively had no knowledge” that White House counselor Hope Hicks had tested positive for COVID-19 when McEnany held a press briefing on Thursday.
  • She briefed reporters without wearing a mask on Friday and Saturday, after the public became aware that both Hicks and President Donald Trump had tested positive for the virus.
  • McEnany is the latest person in Trump’s orbit to test positive; over the last several days, more than two dozen lawmakers, campaign officials, White House staff, and reporters have been diagnosed with the virus.
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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she tested positive for COVID-19.

“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” she said in a statement. “No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contact by the White House Medical Unit. Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday.”

She continued: “As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American People at this time. With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely.”

McEnany briefed the White House press corps on Thursday afternoon after Hicks, a close confidant of President Donald Trump and his White House counselor, tested positive for the disease. McEnany was not wearing

New Perm Sec takes over at Interior Ministry

By Omeiza Ajayi – Abuja

The Federal Government has deployed Dr Shuaib Belgore as the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior.

Assuming duty on Wednesday, Dr Belgore said he would set up a fitness regime through the promotion of extra-curricular activities aimed at enhancing staff performance in the discharge of their duties, in line with the Ministry’s mandate.

According to him, “I will set up a fitness regime here through the promotion of extra-curricular activities so as to bring out the sportsman in you. To this end, I intend to ensure a monthly walking-jogging exercise in the Ministry for everyone so as to keep staff fit to enable them to deliver on our mandate which is ensuring internal security and citizenship integrity”.

Belgore who applauded the ministry for its efforts at digitising processes said he would further improve staff competence in information technology through the provision of additional gadgets and working tools for enhanced work performance.

The new Permanent Secretary took over the mantle of leadership from Mrs Georgina Ehuriah-Arisa who retired after putting 36 years of service to her fatherland.

He commended the outgoing Permanent Secretary, for her contributions to the successes achieved by the Ministry.

While he described her as a model of efficiency to be emulated by public servants, Belgore assured that he would build on the legacies of staff welfare, efficient service delivery and excellence as demonstrated by Ehuriah during her tenure in office.

Earlier, the outgone Permanent Secretary, Georgina Ehuriah encouraged staff to support her successor, Dr Belgore by putting in their best.

“Don’t compromise or derail the system, support your principals, the new Permanent Secretary and the Minister, to achieve the deliverables of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in line with the mandate of the Ministry,” she said.

Vanguard News Nigeria.