WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden’s plans to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day were thwarted on Thursday after Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin tested positive for COVID-19.
Biden was supposed to host Martin for a day of festivities, but these events have been rethought as the Irish leader isolates himself in Blair House across the street from the White House. The two leaders will hold a virtual bilateral meeting, and Martin will hold the annual “Friends of Ireland Luncheon” at the Capitol, which Biden will attend. Biden will continue with a reception at the White House scheduled for Thursday night, but Martin will not attend.
Martin learned that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday night while attending an event with Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but the White House said the president was not considered a close contact with Martin – also mentioned as the Irish taoiseach.
This year marks the second st. Patrick’s Day in office, but his first with significant personal events after last year’s celebrations was suspended by the pandemic.
The updates come as the United States enters its third year of the coronavirus pandemic. (CNN, CBS, KSBY, STANFORD MEDICINE, TWITTER @BARACKOBAMA)
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