White House hosted COVID ‘superspreader’ event, says Dr. Fauci

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Top US virus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has criticised the White House for hosting a gathering last month that has been linked to an outbreak of Covid-19.

Dr. Fauci, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, said the president’s unveiling of his judicial nominee was a “superspreader event”.

Dozens of White House aides and other contacts were reportedly infected.

President Donald Trump’s doctors have just cleared him to carry public events as he himself recovers from Covid-19.

Mr Trump – who was discharged from hospital on Monday after three nights – was asked in an interview with Fox News on Friday evening about the symptoms he had experienced.

The president said he had not felt strong but had found no problem breathing.

Asked if he had re-tested for coronavirus on Friday, the president said he was at “either rock bottom of the size or free”, though he didn’t say his results were negative.

Mr. Trump is predicted to host an in-person White House event on Saturday.

What did Dr. Fauci say?
CBS News asked on Friday what Dr. Fauci thought of the White House’s reluctance to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing as virus precautions and instead believe regular testing.

“The data represent themselves – we had a superspreader event within the White House, and it had been during a situation where people were crowded together and weren’t wearing masks.”

Dr Fauci also noted experts are recommending mask-wearing for the last six months, and condemned talk about a coronavirus “cure” – a word Mr Trump has utilized in regard to the experimental Covid-19 treatments he received during his recent occupy a hospital .

An event at the White House on Saturday 26 September, for the president’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court judge, is assumed to be the basis of the localised outbreak, as many attendees have since tested positive.

Large gatherings are still banned within the nation’s capital thanks to Covid-19, but federal property just like the White home is exempt.

What events does Mr. Trump has planned?
On Saturday, which consistent with his doctors are going to be 10 days since his diagnosis, Mr. Trump will provides a speech from the White House balcony to a gaggle gathered on the South Lawn.

Hundreds of people have reportedly been invited.

All attendees are going to be required to wear masks, are going to be given temperature checks and encouraged to social distance, said the White House.

Mr Trump’s remarks are going to be on the topic of “law and order”, consistent with the White House, which adds that it’s a presidential instead of a campaign event.

There will even be an occasion by the group Blexit, a campaign urging black voters to reject the Democratic Party .

On Monday the Trump campaign is planning an enormous rally in Sanford, Florida.

What about the debates?
Next week’s second presidential debate between Mr. Trump and his Democratic White House challenger Joe Biden is now officially cancelled.

The Commission on Presidential Debates said during a statement on Friday that both campaigns had announced “alternate plans for that date”.

Mr Trump had baulked at an invitation from the commission that the 15 October showdown be held virtually to minimise the danger of spreading coronavirus.

The commission said it had been still making arrangements for the third and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, on 22 October.

The Trump campaign said the commission was “biased” towards Mr Biden, while the Democrat’s team accused the president of ducking the talk .

Who has tested positive in Mr. Trump’s circle?
The announcement of Mr. Trump’s first mass gathering since his infection triggered alarms in Washington, where officials are still attempting to contact trace attendees from the White House event that infected several Republican senators, Mr. Trump and his wife, and a number of other high-level White House aides.

Mr Trump tested positive for Covid-19 last Thursday, consistent with his doctors, but he has not said when his last negative test was.

As many as 34 White House aides and other contacts have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days, consistent with US media.

On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health said nine infections are tied to Mr Trump’s 18 September campaign rally within the state.

At least one person was infectious once they attended, officials say, and two cases have led to hospital admissions with one among those people in medical care .

Source: bbc news

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