Xavier Becerra, the U.S. secretary of well being and human providers, examined constructive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, his division mentioned, hours after the White Home introduced that Ashley Biden, the daughter of President Biden and the primary woman, Jill Biden, had examined constructive.

Neither is taken into account a detailed contact to Mr. Biden, in line with the administration. An in depth contact is somebody who has been lower than six toes away from an contaminated particular person for at the least quarter-hour over a 24-hour interval, in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines.

Ms. Biden, 40, was scheduled to journey with Dr. Biden to Ecuador on Wednesday afternoon however will not make the journey together with her mom. Earlier this month, Ms. Biden was to accompany Dr. Biden on her trip to Eastern Europe to visit Ukrainian refugees, however on the evening of the journey, the White Home mentioned that Ms. Biden had been in shut contact with somebody who examined constructive for the coronavirus and would keep behind.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the White Home press secretary, mentioned Wednesday that Mr. Biden had not seen his daughter in “a number of days.”

Mr. Becerra examined constructive for the virus Wednesday morning in Berlin, the place he was to take part in conferences for Group of seven well being ministers, Sarah Lovenheim, assistant secretary for public affairs on the Division of Well being and Human Companies, mentioned in an announcement.

Mr. Becerra is absolutely vaccinated and boosted and is experiencing gentle signs, the assertion mentioned. He’ll proceed to work in isolation.

Mr. Becerra was final on the White Home on Thursday and isn’t thought-about a detailed contact to Mr. Biden, in line with Ms. Lovenheim. The White Home requires masks and social distancing when officers meet with the president.

Ms. Biden and Mr. Becerra are amongst a handful of prominent people in the president’s orbit who’ve lately examined constructive for the coronavirus, renewing concern about Mr. Biden’s potential publicity, although none have been thought-about shut contacts. Susan Rice, the White Home home coverage adviser, tested positive last week.