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U.S. Tells Ethiopia of Marine Who Had Positive Coronavirus Test

  • Marine showed symptoms at hotel Pompeo stayed at last month
  • Ethiopia minister announced first confirmed case on Friday
Mike Pompeo holds a press conference with Gedu Andargachew at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on Feb. 18.

Mike Pompeo holds a press conference with Gedu Andargachew at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on Feb. 18.

Photographer: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

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The U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia told the government that an American Marine visiting the country in February showed symptoms of the coronavirus while there and later tested positive, after staying at a hotel at the same time as Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, people familiar with the matter said.

In a meeting with Ethiopia’s health minister this week, Ambassador Michael Raynor said the Marine, whose identity hasn’t been released, stayed at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa for the African Land Forces summit that took place on Feb. 18-21. He showed symptoms while there, the people said. He later tested positive for the virus and is now getting treatment in the U.S.