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US Defense Secretary Austin contracts Covid-19

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Washington (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reported Sunday that he has contracted Covid-19, as the highly infectious Omicron variant sweeps across the United States. Austin’s symptoms were “mild” and he will quarantine at home for the next five days, the Pentagon chief said in a statement. Austin said he is fully vaccinated and boosted, which had “rendered the infection much more mild than it would otherwise have been.” “The vaccines work and will remain a military medical requirement for our workforce,” Austin said. “I continue to encourage everyone eligible for a booster shot to ge…

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