U.S. White House COVID-19 Outbreak Widens, as Cases Increase

U.S. White House COVID-19 Outbreak Widens, as Cases Increase

About thirty close associates of Donald Trump in the White House have tested positive for coronavirus, among them, his main advisor on immigration matters, the spokesman for his press officer, as well as several military personnel.

The latest to announce that it has been hit by the coronavirus is Stephen Miller, the main immigration adviser to the president of the United States.
“For the last five days I have been working remotely and in isolation, testing negative every day until yesterday. Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and I am in quarantine” Miller said in a statement.

Miller is the 23rd positive case linked to the White House.

The first to announce her positive result was Hope Hicks, one of the advisers closest to Trump last Thursday. On Friday it was the turn of Trump himself and the first lady, Melania Trump.

Since then there has been a trickle of cases that have included fellow adviser Nicholas Luna, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, and four other members of his team.

Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, former adviser Kellyanne Conway, Deputy Commander of the Coast Guard, Charles W. Ray, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have also been infected.

Although it is difficult to determine the origin of the outbreak, most of those infected attended the Saturday, September 26th nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, almost all without masks.

The other positives are the president of the Republican Party, Ronna McDaniel, the head of Trump’s election campaign, Bill Stepien, the president of the University of Notre Dame, John Jenkins, pastor Greg Laurie, three journalists and a military man.

President Trump has returned to his traditional frenetic activity in the networks. Facebook has withdrawn a message, as misleading, in which it once again minimized the damage caused by the coronavirus.

A fear of face-to-face voting due to the virus and growing polarization are driving early and mail voting to record levels in the United States four weeks before the elections. Already four million have voted and it is estimated that up to 150 million voters will use these formulas.

Faced with the avalanche of ballot requests in traditionally Democratic states, Trump has been talking about vote-by-mail fraud for some time.

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