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Greater than 130 intelligence officers are isolating as a result of Covid-19 outbreak, the report says

U.S. intelligence is seen outside Raymond James Stadium on October 29, 2020 in Tampa, Florida during President Donald Trump’s campaign speech just four days prior to election day.

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More than 130 U.S. intelligence officers have been ordered to isolate themselves after testing positive for Covid-19 or exposure to an infected employee, the Washington Post reported Friday.

The side officers make up around 10% of the USSS core security team, according to the Post.

The outbreak is believed to be partially related to President Donald Trump’s election rallies, sources told the newspaper.

The president maintained a busy campaign itinerary in the weeks leading up to election day and hosted large rallies criticized for their low mask wear and lack of social distancing.

Covid-19 infections have also recently hit prominent figures in the Trump campaign and the White House, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski and Brian Jack, White House director of political affairs.

The Post’s report comes as coronavirus spikes across the country, with more than 153,400 new cases on Thursday. This is based on data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

White House spokesman Judd Deere declined to comment and referred questions about the intelligence agency’s outbreak to the USSS.

“The health and safety of our workforce is of the utmost importance to the intelligence community, so we are continually assessing the requirements necessary to operate during the pandemic and ensuring we are also prepared to conduct our critical integrated protection and investigative missions and fully occupied of it was lowered by the pandemic, “a spokesman for the secret service said in a statement.

The spokesman declined to publish how many employees tested positive for Covid-19 or quarantined, citing privacy and security reasons.

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