U.S. COVID-19 confirmations soar, Pelosi spokesman also hit by dart

A senior spokesperson for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has also been hit after a White House official who received a full dose of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) vaccine tested positive.

Pelosi’s office confirmed that the speaker tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after meeting with a Democratic state lawmaker from Texas in Washington, D.C.

Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, said in a statement that the spokesman did not have contact with Pelosi after being exposed to the virus.

According to the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, once a president leaves office, he or she is replaced by the vice president, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president pro tempore of the Senate and key cabinet members in that order. The Speaker of the House is second only to the Vice President in the line of succession.

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus in the United States is soaring, and the highly contagious Delta variant is becoming pandemic, yet vaccination rates are stagnant in several states, prompting President Joe Biden to shout for a vaccination.

The main reason for the outbreak in parts of the U.S. is low vaccination rates, and the number of confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths have been on the rise in recent days.