Biden interacted with Taoiseach of Ireland before positive coronavirus test

Biden and the Taoiseach both attended the Ireland Funds National Gala on Wednesday night before the Irish leader left due to a positive test. He was scheduled to attend a day of events Thursday with Biden at the White House in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

In a statement Thursday morning, Martin’s office said, “we are exploring alternatives to the in-person programme of events.”

The statement said Martin had tested negative as recently as Wednesday afternoon but was tested again after learning a member of his traveling delegation had received a positive test.

“He is feeling well and is currently self isolating on public health advice,” the statement said.

The White House announced Tuesday that second gentleman Doug Emhoff had tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the first member of the first or second family in the Biden administration to publicly disclose a positive case of coronavirus.

Vice President Harris tested negative on Tuesday but skipped an event with Biden “out of an abundance of caution,” her spokesperson said.

John Wagner contributed to this report.

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