Three members of the White House Coronavirus task force quarantined themselves after being in contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19. He intervenes as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to unveil his “road map” to a new normal in a national program and global infections exceed four million.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Stephen Hahn, should all work remotely due to ” a potential exposure to Covid-19.
The Fauci Institute said it had tested negative for Covid-19 and will continue to be tested regularly. He added that he was considered to be of relatively low risk due to the degree of his exposure and that he would take appropriate precautions to mitigate the risk for personal contact while continuing to perform his duties. While he stays at home and telecommutes, Fauci will go to the White House if called and will take all precautions, the institute said.
Redfield will telecommute for the next two weeks after it has been determined that he has low-risk exposure to someone in the White House, the CDC said in a statement on Saturday evening. The statement said he was feeling well and had no symptoms.
A few hours earlier, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed that Hahn had contacted someone who had tested positive and was in self-quarantine for the next two weeks. He tested negative for the virus.
The three men were scheduled to testify before a Senate committee on Tuesday, and it is understood that they will be authorized to do so by videoconference.
Politico reported that Hahn had contacted Katie Miller, vice-president Mike Pence’s press secretary, who tested positive for the virus on Friday. Her husband Stephen Miller is one of Donald Trump’s best advisers. The White House confirmed on Thursday that a member of the Trump valets also tested positive for Covid-19.
Trump, who publicly identified Miller’s positive test, said he was not worried about the spread of the virus in the White House. However, officials said they are tightening security protocols.
Redfield sought to use the exhibit as a learning moment. The CDC statement says if he has to go to the White House to fulfill his responsibilities on the coronavirus task force, he will follow CDC practices for workers in critical infrastructure.
These guidelines require Redfield and anyone working in the task force to have the temperature measured and screened for symptoms every day, cover their faces and distance themselves from others.
Trump resisted wearing a mask. During a meeting with the country’s top military leaders on Saturday evening, he did not wear a mask during the brief portion that journalists could see. The generals around Trump were also unmasked, but the participants sat a few feet apart.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said the administration is stepping up its mitigation efforts. It already requires daily temperature checks from everyone entering the complex and has encouraged social distance between those who work in the building.
Elon Musk, meanwhile, announced that he was sue California authorities over Covid-19 restrictions who kept his Fremont factory closed and threatened to move his operation out of the state.
“If we even keep Fremont’s manufacturing business, it will depend on how Tesla is treated in the future,” he tweeted.
In Great BritainBoris Johnson is expected to unveil a coronavirus alert system for England when he presents his plans to progressively facilitate locking in an address to the nation on Sunday evening.
It is understood that an alert system administered by a new “joint biosafety center” will detect local increases in infection rates, with the aim of locally modifying restrictions in England. The alerts range from green at level one to red at level five. Johnson should say that the nation as a whole is about to go from four to three.
The United Kingdom has the second virus death toll, with 31,662, with more than 266,500 infections. Saturday the government told airlines it would introduce a 14-day quarantine period for most people arriving from abroad to try to avoid a second peak in the coronavirus epidemic.
The capital of South Korea has ordered the closure of all clubs and bars after an explosion of new cases has raised fears of a second wave of coronavirus.
In Mexico, coronavirus patients were discharged from hospitals on Saturday, as public and private medical facilities quickly filled up and the number of new infections continued to increase. Of the 64 public hospitals in the metropolitan area of the capital designated to receive patients from Covid-19, 26 were completely full, according to data from the city government.
Mexico announced 1,938 new virus cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 33,460, as well as an additional 193 deaths, bringing the number of deaths to 3,353.
In other coronavirus developments:
The global tally of confirmed cases has exceeded 4 million, with nearly 280,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker.
President Trump said on Saturday that the WE would buy $ 3 billion worth of dairy, meat and products from farmers as unemployment rises and prices that slaughterhouses pay farmers for animals plummeted in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Three kids New York died of a rare inflammatory syndrome that is believed to be linked to the new coronavirus, said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
China reported 14 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Sunday, the highest number since April 28 and up from just one the day before. Of the new cases, two were imported infections. The other 12 confirmed cases were transmitted locally, including 11 in Jilin province, in the northeast of the country.
AustraliaThe most populous state in New South Wales will begin easing its restrictions on coronaviruses starting on Friday, with 10 people allowed to gather outdoors, against two.
Air France will start checking passenger temperatures when FranceThe easing lockdown measures were relaxed on Monday.