Blinken will test for COVID after having met Bennett, spokesperson says

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will test for COVID-19 on Monday after having met Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem the previous day, a State Department spokesperson said.

Bennett is isolating at home after testing positive for COVID-19, his office said on Monday.

“Upon learning of Prime Minister Bennett’s positive test result, we determined that only Secretary Blinken is considered a close contact. He will follow all CDC guidance, including by masking and undergoing appropriate testing,” spokesperson Ned Price said.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)

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