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The latest outbreak of COVID-19 hits US Secret Service

An outbreak of Covid-19 struck the US Secret Service, which protects the nation's President Donald Trump, President-elect Joe Biden, and the White House, US media announced Friday.

The Washington Post reported that due to interaction with infected individuals, more than 130 Secret Service agents were infected by coronavirus or in quarantine.

After several agents traveled to campaign rallies with Trump, where many officials and most of the participants went maskless, the outbreak arrived.

It also follows many Trump-led White House events in the past three weeks, including a November 3 election night gathering, where most of those present were also not wearing masks.

A number of officials subsequently announced positive Covid-19 examinations, including Mark Meadows, Trump's chief of staff.

In recent weeks, in a "sustained" outbreak, at least 30 uniformed Secret Service officers tested positive, and some 60 were ordered to quarantine, the New York Times said.

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Since the pandemic reached the United States, it was the first of many waves of illness to strike the operation.

After a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June, some Secret Service agents were prompted to self-quarantine.

After a July speech to sheriffs in Tampa, Florida, the same happened again, leading to positive Covid-19 tests.

At its training academy in Maryland, the service even had an outbreak.

There are approximately 7,000 employees of the Secret Service, including the uniformed agents guarding the White House and presidential functions, and the storied civilian suit-wearing bodyguards who remain close to the president, vice president, president-elect and others, promising to take a bullet for their charge.

Asked about the news, Secret Service spokesperson Julie McMurray said they would not disclose "for privacy and operational security purposes" any information on Covid-19 infections.

"Our employees' health and safety are paramount," she said.

"We are constantly reviewing the requirements required to function during the pandemic and ensuring that we remain ready and fully staffed to carry out our vital coordinated protective and investigative missions, none of which have been compromised by the pandemic," she said.

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