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Internal government memo reveals 34 coronavirus cases tied to White House in recent days, higher than previously known

Memo shows 34 covid cases attached to WH

The coronavirus outbreak has infected "34 White House staffers and other contacts" in recent days, according to an internal government memo, an indication that the disease has spread among more people than previously known in the seat of American government.


COVID-19 cases rising in 39 states – 9 months into the pandemic: 'We are overwhelmed'

Bars crowded as virus spreads in 39 states

U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 7.5 million on Wednesday with most states seeing a rise in cases – nine months into the pandemic – and a startling nine states setting ominous, seven-day records for infections.

A USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Tuesday shows Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming all set state records in the seven-day period. In all, 39 states reported more coronavirus cases in the last week than they had in the week before.

More than 210,000 Americans have died, and Wisconsin and Hawaii reported record numbers of deaths in their states for a seven-day period.

President Donald Trump's assertion that Americans need not worry because "some really great drugs and knowledge" have been developed under his administration has prompted dismay for many in the medical community.


Covid-19 Live Updates: Treatment That Trump Called a ‘Cure’ Was Tested With Cells Derived From Fetal Tissue

Trump treatemeet derived from cells from fetal tissue

After testing positive for the virus last week, President Trump called an experimental antibody cocktail that he had been given a “cure.” It was developed with cells originally derived from fetal tissue, a practice his administration has moved to restrict.

In June 2019, the Trump administration suspended federal funding for most new scientific research involving fetal tissue derived from abortions.

“Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement in 2019, around the time of the ban.

“Intramural research that requires new acquisition of fetal tissue from elective abortions will not be conducted,” the statement added.

New England Journal of Medicine condemns Trump admin's COVID-19 response

NEJM condemns Trump's Covidd responseIn  an editorial letter published Thursday, The New England Journal of Medicine lambasted the Trump presidency's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and called U.S. political leaders' response to the virus "dangerously incompetent."

"This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond," read the letter, which was signed by all the NEJM editors, The New York Times reported.

"Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy," the letter continued.


Trump said in March that he didn't have 'a lot of time' to meet Fauci as the coronavirus spread across the US, according to a new recording

Trump had little time to meet with Fauci in MarchPresident Donald Trump said in March that he didn't have "a lot of time" to meet Dr. Anthony Fauci as the coronavirus rapidly spread across the US, according to newly-released audio.

On Monday, CNN broadcast audio from an March 19 interview between the president and the journalist Bob Woodward.

Woodward had interviewed the present more than a dozen times for his book, "Rage," which published last month.

In the interview, Woodward asked Trump what he made of Fauci, the top infectious-disease expert on the White House coronavirus task force, and whether the president has "ever sat down alone with him?"


Trump could face a relapse, Dr. Fauci warns, as president opts to downplay nation's coronavirus threat despite massive death toll

Dr. Anthony Fauci

President Donald Trump rolled out of Walter Reed hospital confidently urging the nation not to fear the coronavirus despite experts warning the U.S. death toll, at more than 210,000, could almost double by year's end.

They also warn that the commander-in-chief himself may not have seen the worst of the virus just yet.

"Don’t be afraid of Covid," Trump tweeted hours before his release Monday following a three-day hospital stay. "Don’t let it dominate your life."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who for months has exhorted the nation to wear masks and social distance, told CNN that Trump could still face "a reversal – meaning, going in the wrong direction and get into trouble."

The danger window can easily stretch to 10 days, said Dr. Mangala Narasimhan, an intensive care doctor for Northwell Health in New York.


Trump official pressured CDC to change report on Covid and kids

Trump official pressured CDC to alter info on Covid and children

In early September, as many school districts were still deciding whether to hold in-person classes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention altered the title of a scientific report on the coronavirus and removed words like "pediatric" from its text, days after a Trump administration appointee requested similar changes, according to emails obtained by POLITICO.

That request — issued by then-public affairs official Paul Alexander — came amid President Donald Trump's broader push to reopen schools, with the president issuing demands on Twitter the prior day that "Democrats, OPEN THE SCHOOLS ( SAFELY)," and holding a press conference that touted data on the relatively low risk of Covid-19 for children.

"On schools, as part of our science-based approach, we want schools to safely open and stay open," Trump told reporters on Sept. 10. "Children are at extremely low risk of complications from the virus."


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