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The U.S. secretary of state cuts his Asia journey quick after a journalist on his aircraft assessments optimistic.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken lower quick his journey to Southeast Asia on Wednesday after a journalist touring in his delegation examined optimistic for the coronavirus.

A State Department spokesman stated Mr. Blinken has examined destructive at each cease on diplomatic visits over the previous week to Britain, Indonesia and Malaysia. He had scheduled conferences for Thursday with senior officers in Bangkok, the Thai capital, however canceled to return to the United States.

Ned Price, the State Department spokesman, stated Mr. Blinken had known as the Thai deputy prime minister, Don Pramudwinai, to “express his deep regret” over the change in plan.

“He explained that in order to mitigate the risk of the spread of Covid-19 and to prioritize the health and safety of the U.S. traveling party, and those they would otherwise come into contact with, the secretary would be returning to Washington, D.C., out of an abundance of caution,” Mr. Price stated in an announcement because the delegation was leaving Kuala Lumpur.

The journalist who examined optimistic for the virus was a part of the small group of reports media personnel who journey with the secretary of state. The journalist, who was not recognized for privateness causes, examined destructive in Jakarta on Monday however then acquired a optimistic check for the virus after arriving in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, on Tuesday evening.

Mr. Price stated the journalist who examined optimistic would stay in Kuala Lumpur for necessary isolation whereas the remainder of Mr. Blinken’s entourage traveled on.

Foreign governments have stepped up testing necessities for touring diplomatic delegations because the Delta and Omicron variants have surged all over the world.

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