White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters outside the White House. Reuters
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US media reports said on Friday that, several senior members of Trump's administration have contracted the virus in recent weeks, with his chief of staff Mark Meadows the latest to test positive.
The pandemic has been cited as one of the factors for the delay in US election results, with state authorities deluged with millions of ballots mailed by citizens not willing to risk infection by voting in person.
It was not immediately clear when or how he was infected.
Trump has repeatedly said that the nation is "rounding the turn” on the pandemic, which was top of mind for voters in Tuesday's election.
According to the source, another top campaign aide, Nick Trainer, has also tested positive for the virus.
Meadows, Trump’s top adviser and a former North Carolina lawmaker, regularly accompanied US President Donald Trump on the final frenzied days of the campaign rallies leading up to the presidential election on Tuesday.
The president was briefly hospitalised at the time after he was infected with the virus. His wife and son Barron also tested positive for the coronavirus in October.
His national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, was also sickened with the virus. Another friend of Trump’s, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, died of the coronavirus in July after attending one of Trump’s rallies.
Late in the fourth year of the Trump presidency, the United States is confronting a far more dangerous war than the “forever wars” he says he is ending. This is a multiphase conflict begun by the president himself, with new battle fronts opened daily. The deadly combat can end only if he is voted out of office.
“People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary,” Trump wrote, adding: “I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time.”
Risk sentiment was also undermined after Federal Reserve officials expressed concern that rising coronavirus cases could harm economic growth just as stimulus measures start to expire.
With the coronavirus pandemic plunging the United States into a recession, decimating small businesses and causing job losses across the country, some local governments are looking for innovative ways to help residents weather the storm.
A video clip of Egyptian couple riding e-scooters to their wedding venue has gone viral on social media. The video showed the couple, each riding a e-scooter, and behind them were the cars celebrating their marriage in Giza Governorate.
Of those hurt in the accident, 138 sustained minor injuries and a further 24 were still in hospital, the health ministry said. The blast blew out the windows of several houses in the surrounding area and damaged their interiors.
The initiative is inspired by the pioneering success of Dubai Police’s Smart Police Stations (SPS), which provide security and community services around the clock, without human intervention.
The meeting addressed cooperation between the UAE and the Comoros and opportunities to advance ties in the economic, trade, investment, and development fields to achieve the aspirations of the two countries and peoples.