US Defense Secretary Austin tests positive for COVID-19, mild symptoms

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had mild symptoms, but would retain all authorities as he quarantined at home for the next five days.

In a statement, Austin said he requested a test earlier on Sunday after having symptoms while at home on vacation.

He said he last met President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Dec. 21, more than a week before he started experiencing symptoms.

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