BREAKING NEWS: Fully-vaccinated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tests positive for COVID-19 at COP 26 climate summit and is quarantining in his hotel room
- Garcetti tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, during a trip to Scotland
- He said he is’ feeling good and isolating in his hotel room’
- The mayor tested positive for the virus during the ongoing climate summit
- He and Biden did not interact at climate summit, according to White House
- Garcetti was spotted walking through venue with John Kerry
- All COP26 attendees required to test daily for COVID, wear face masks
- But crowded venue makes social distancing impossible
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has tested positive for COVID while attending the COP26
Garcetti, who is fully-vaccinated, is now isolating in his hotel room in Scotland, and does not appear to be suffering from any severe side effects.
His office announced the diagnosis in a tweet that said: ‘Mayor Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today.
‘He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated.’
It is unclear if any other leaders who have been in close contact with Garcetti have since gone into isolation as a precaution.
He tested positive hours after President Biden left COP26, , whose full name is the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, to return to Washington DC. Biden spent Monday and Tuesday at the conference.
Biden did not see Garcetti at the event, a White House official told DailyMail.com.
But John Kerry was spotted walking through the crowded venue with the mayor on Monday – both men were wearing face masks. Kerry also met with Biden during the two days the president was on the ground in Scotland.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry were spotted walking through COP26 venue together on Monday
Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan along with 10 fellow mayor set off for Glasgow and COP26
All COP26 attendees are required to take a COVID test daily to attend the climate summit and face masks are mandatory. But the venue was packed with people, making social distancing impossible.
Garcetti had been due to moderate a panel on Wednesday ‘on international finance to support city climate action’, and had then been due to participate on another discussion on tackling climate change.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, pictured left with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in London on November 1, has tested positive for COVID while attending COP26 in Glasgow
Garcetti, right, is pictured with Mayor of San Francisco London Breed at a baseball game in San Francisco on October 14.
Garcetti was pictured boarding a carbon neutral train in London on November 1 to travel to the summit with London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Both men were wearing masks at the time.
Garcetti’s daughter tested positive for COVID-19 in December. It’s unclear which vaccine the mayor received.
His positive test comes as many city employees in Los Angeles are fighting a new city law requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.