Lithuanian defense minister, senior Pentagon official test positive for COVID-19

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2020

The Lithuanian embassy told the Pentagon of Karoblis's positive test on Thursday, it added.

During his visit Karoblis met with the new US Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, and the secretaries of the army, navy and air force.

After two successive tests indicated he was positive for coronavirus, Tata will isolate at home for the next 14 days, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.

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Tata was one of the several senior USA defense officials who met on November 13 with Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis, who had contracted the virus.

Any Pentagon personnel who had contact with the Lithuanian delegation have received rapid COVID tests as deemed necessary by CDC protocols. Miller and other senior staff and a media contingent traveled Wednesday to meet with troops and leaders at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then flew out to the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, off the coast of Virginia. Others who were at the party also tested positive, including White House political director Brian Jack, former White House aide Healy Baumgardner and Trump campaign advisors David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski.

So far Miller and the others have tested negative.

The statement only said Tata had become ill.

He is performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for policy.

Pentagon official and retired Brigadier Gen. Anthony Tata has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced Thursday.

But Hoffman said Miller as well as the military service secretaries aren't quarantining since they followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in their meetings with the Lithuanian delegation.

In October, several members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including Milley, went into quarantine after coming into contact with a senior Coast Guard officer who tested positive for COVID-19.

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