New Delhi: US President Donald Trump has tested negative for novel coronavirus, the White House has said in a press statement. Trump took the test on Friday, after recently coming into contact with two members of a Brazilian delegation, both of whom tested positive for the virus. Also Read - Coronavirus National Emergency in US: Donald Trump Likely to be Tested Soon
It was at a press conference on Saturday that Trump revealed that he had taken the test, after initially brushing aside concerns that he may have contracted coronavirus from his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro’s press secretary Fabio Wajngarten and Brazil’s charge d’affaires in Washington.
Bolsonaro himself was reported to have tested positive; later, however, it was revealed that his test result, in fact, was negative.
In its statement, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “Last night after a detailed discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed. A week after dining with the Brazilian delegation at Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free.”
“I have been in daily contact with the CDC and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation,” the statement further stated.
At Saturday’s press conference, Trump revealed that he had also had his temperature taken before entering the briefing hall. “My temperature is normal,” he is said to have told the reporters.
The US President had on Friday declared a state of emergency across the country. A day later, at the aforementioned press conference, he announced that the US had recorded over 50 deaths due to coronavirus.