Pentagon's Tata Tests Positive for COVID After Lithuanian Visit

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All the senior US defense officials who met Karoblis on November 13 and Monday, including Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, were tested for COVID-19, the Pentagon said in its statement. Bragg, N.C., and then flew out to the USA aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford off the coast of Virginia.

Anthony Tata's diagnosis comes after the Lithuanian Embassy announced Lithuanian Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis, with whom Tata and other senior defense officials met November 13 and 16 at the Pentagon, had tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. It was unclear when he last briefed top officials.

"We have and are continuing to conduct further contact tracing of DoD personnel who have had close contact with the Lithuanian delegation or Mr. Tata, and are taking appropriate precautions in accordance with CDC guidelines", the statement reads.

Tata is the latest top Trump administration member to become infected with the coronavirus. The assistant commandant of the Marine Corps later also tested positive for the virus.

Tata was screened for the virus at the military's Walter Reed hospital just outside of Washington, where Trump was admitted in October after falling ill with COVID-19, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Hoffman said in a statement that the department has recently "recommitted to fastidiously following the CDC guidelines with respect to mitigation measures - face coverings, social distancing, contact tracing, hand washing and virtual engagements among others".

Last month nearly all of the USA military's Joint Chiefs of Staff went into self-quarantine after two senior military officials who attended a top-level meeting tested positive for COVID-19.

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

Tata learned of the diagnosis after meeting with Lithuania's Defense Minster Raimundas Karoblis, who has also tested positive after visiting the Pentagon last Friday.

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

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