Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin learned he was positive for COVID-19 when he attended an event Wednesday evening with U.S. leaders, including President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a senior administration official said.
Martin – also known as Taoisech of Ireland – was attending the 30th National Irish Fund event at the National Building Museum in Washington when he tested positive, with US leaders ahead of a planned St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Thursday.
The official was not authorized to speak to Martin about his condition and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
White House spokesman Chris Megher said Biden, who spoke briefly at the event, was not considered a close associate of Martin. The COVID-19 close call came a day after a second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, tested positive for the virus.
It was not immediately clear how Martin’s diagnosis would affect the St. Patrick’s Day events scheduled at the White House.