Dr. Anthony Fauci tests positive for COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leader of the US government's coronavirus pandemic response, has tested positive for COVID-19.

He is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, which announced his antigen test result on Wednesday.

Fauci, 81, is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots. He is said to be experiencing mild symptoms.

Fauci has led the US government response to the virus since the first outbreaks were reported in the country in 2020. He currently serves as the White House chief medical adviser.

The NIAID says Fauci has not recently had any close contact with US President Joe Biden or any other top government officials.

He will reportedly be working from home until he tests negative.

Coronavirus infections are again surging in the US, which is confirming about 100,000 new cases and around 300 deaths a day. The more transmissible sub-variants of the Omicron, BA.4 and BA.5, are fueling the rise in cases.