Washington: US national security adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for coronavirus and has “mild symptoms,” the White House announced on Monday, becoming the highest ranking Trump administration official to contract the deadly disease. Also Read - Odisha Lockdown: COVID-19 Patients Can Now be Admitted to Private Hospitals For Treatment

O’Brien has been self-isolating and working from home and there was no risk of exposure to President Donald Trump or Vice-President Mike Pence, the statement said. The 54-year-old top Trump aide has “mild symptoms.” Also Read - COVID-19 Vaccine to Cost Less Than Rs 250 Per Dose: Serum Institute

O’Brien is the highest-ranking official in the Trump’s administration known to have tested positive for COVID-19. Also Read - COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Serum Institute Joins Bill Gates Foundation to Produce 100 Million Doses in India, Other Nations at a Price Less Than Rs 250

“National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for COVID-19,” the White House statement said.

“He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site. There is no risk of exposure to the president or the vice-president. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted,” it added.

Officials close to President Trump are regularly tested for COVID-19, which has infected over 4.13 million people and killed more than 146,000 people in the US.

A number of people in and around the administration have tested positive, including a military member who works as a White House valet, Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller, and a helicopter squadron Marine.