Developments have been coming thick and fast in the past hour, so let’s recap.
- Trump tweeted an update from Walter Reed Hospital, saying he was “going well, I think”. He had earlier posted a video statement, saying: “I think I’m doing very well but we’re going to make sure things work out.” He is expected to spend several days at Walter Reed.
- Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, revealed the president is being treated with the therapeutic drug remdesivir. The physician said Trump was “doing very well” and did not require supplemental oxygen. We already know that Trump has been given a cocktail of antibodies to treat Covid-19.
- A growing list of Trump allies tested positive to Covid-19. His former counsel, Kellyanne Conway, tested positive, as did his campaign manager, Bill Stepien. We already know that Hope Hicks has tested positive.
- The developments focussed further attention on an event at the Rose Garden this week, during which Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his supreme court nominee. At least seven figures in attendance tested positive for coronavirus, including the president himself. Health experts have suggested the event may have been a “super spreader”.
- Eric and Lara Trump said they had tested negative for Covid-19.
Back to the story dominating global headlines, the Covid-19 diagnoses of Trump and his inner circle.
Dana Bash of CNN has tallied the people in the White House debate preparation room who have tested positive for Covid-19.
Over to Australia, momentarily, where police are down at Melbourne’s famous St Kilda beach, enforcing Covid-19 restrictions following “unacceptable” scenes on Friday. A second wave in Melbourne has prompted a long-running, strict lockdown, but crowds of Victorians were seen at the beach on Friday partying. The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, slammed the scenes and urged Victorians to continue adhering to restrictions.
My colleague Matilda Bosely is down at the beach today, and reports a strong police presence.
My colleague Lois Beckett has just published a wrap on news that Kellyanne Conway, the president’s former counsellor, has tested positive and has mild symptoms.
Conway’s diagnosis has focused attention on an event at the Rose Garden at the White House, during which Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his supreme court nominee. At least seven figures in attendance have now tested positive for Covid-19.
Politico is reporting that Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, has tested positive for Covid-19.
We’ve just received an update from the president’s physician, Sean Conley.
Donald Trump is being treated with remdesivir.
Donald Trump has tweeted an update for the first time since he was hospitalised.
He says he is “Going well, I think”.
Eric and Lara Trump have both tested negative to Covid-19, according to a spokesperson.
A statement released through Lara Trump’s Instagram account said the pair were “praying for their father and father-in-law, respectively”.
“At this time, they both have negative Covid tests and will be taking all necessary precautions, under the advisement of medical professionals.”
News of Donald Trump’s positive test was, predictably, splashed across the front pages of the UK’s major newspapers.
My colleague Warren Murray has just published a wrap-up on how the momentous news was covered. The Daily Mail’s headline pondered how many Trump had put at risk.
The Times was able to squeeze in the news of Trump’s hospitalisation.
The Financial Times reported that the news had thrown the US presidential race into turmoil.
The Independent simply splashed Trump’s tweet announcing the news on its front page.
Hello everyone. Christopher Knaus here.
I’ll take you through our next several hours of global Covid-19 coverage. The status of Donald Trump continues to dominate headlines.
CNN has just reported more on Trump’s movements this week.
On Thursday, Trump flew to a fundraiser in New Jersey, at a time when the White House was already aware of Hope Hicks’ Covid-19 status. CNN reports he attended a series of events, including an outdoor reception, and indoor VIP reception, and an indoor roundtable.
Photos show attendees from Texas posing with Trump at the VIP event, though they maintained a safe distance during conversation.
The attendees were not wearing masks, CNN reported.
That’s where I might leave you for now, but never fear, the inimitable Christopher Knaus is here to take you through the next few hours of Covid-19 news.
Twitter has said that tweets wishing for Donald Trump’s death in the wake of the president’s diagnosis with Covid-19 violate its policies and could result in suspension.
The social media platform confirmed in a tweet on Friday that doing so violates Twitter’s “Abusive Behavior policy”, which prohibits tweets “wishing or hoping serious harm on a person or group of people”.
“Tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against anyone are not allowed and will need to be removed,” the company said in a tweet. A spokesman told the Guardian this policy has been in place since April and applies to all users, not just Trump.
Read the full story here:
A mass roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccine in Britain could be finished in as little as three months, the Times reports, citing government scientists.
Scientists working on the Oxford vaccine hope regulators approve it before the beginning of 2021, the newspaper says.
A full Covid-19 immunisation programme that would exclude children could be quicker than experts predicted, the Times says, adding that health officials estimate that every adult could receive a dose of the vaccine within six months.
The European Medicines Agency said on Thursday it had started reviewing data on AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s potential Covid-19 vaccine, in real time, the first of such moves aimed at speeding up any approval process in the region for a vaccine.
The news of the European review also raises chances of the British vaccine, which is seen as leading the race for a successful vaccine against Covid-19, becoming the first to be approved in Europe for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has killed more than a million people globally.
The Times report adds that plans under consideration by government include allowing a much wider group of healthcare staff to administer the vaccine, setting up drive-through vaccination centres and recruiting armed forces’ help.
It’s now confirmed, key Trump ally Kellyanne Conway is Covid-19 positive.
My apologies to her daughter Claudia for doubting the authority of her TikTok announcement.
Read the original article at The Guardian