02:24 GMT11 April 2021
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    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease since 1984, is one of the leading members of the White House Task Force, and is known to routinely contradict US President Donald Trump when advising on health issues to the US public amid the pandemic.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci will begin a "modified quarantine" after having experienced a "low risk" contact with a White House staffer who tested positive for COVID-19, CNN reported Saturday.

    Fauci explained to CNN that the "modified quarantine" means that he will stay at home and work online, while wearing a mask for 14 days, suggesting that he might, however, visit the office at the National Institutes of Health.

    After coming into contact with the coronavirus-positive staffer, Fauci tested negative for COVID-19. For the period he will be under "modified" quarantine, he said, he will be tested every day.

    Despite the quarantine, Fauci noted that if he is called to the White House or to Capitol Hill, he will go, sticking to the necessary precautions. 

    Fauci's statement comes after two other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have also chosen to self-quarantine after coming in contact with a person at the White House who was tested positive for COVID-19

    Katie Miller, the press secretary to the head of White House Task Force, US Vice President Mike Pence, has also tested positive for the coronavirus.

    According to data assembled and reported by the Johns Hopkins University, there are currently 1,309,550 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US with a death toll of 78,792. 


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