After a public appearance without a mask, Trump’s chief of staff tests positive for Covid

President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with the coronavirus as the nation sets daily records for confirmed cases of the pandemic.

Two senior administration officials confirmed on Friday that meadows had tested positive for the virus, which has killed more than 236,000 Americans so far this year. They offered no details about when the chief of staff came with the virus or his current condition. His diagnosis was first reported by Bloomberg News.

An administration official said that several other employees had also tested positive.

Meadows traveled with Trump before election day and most recently appeared in public early on Wednesday morning without a mask when Trump incorrectly declared victory in the vote. He had been one of Trump’s close aides when the president came down with the virus more than a month ago, but was tested daily and kept to his usual work schedule.

Here is a maskless Mark Meadows, now confirmed by White House staff to have tested positive for COVID at the Trump campaign headquarters on election night. pic.twitter.com/ECADDxWWnX

– The conversion (@therecount) November 7, 2020

It marked the latest case of the virus in the West Wing and did not come even two weeks after Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, and other aides tested positive for the virus. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and at least two dozen others tested positive for the virus in early October, after Trump held large gatherings of people without face masks, including the ceremony announcing the appointment of now-justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Trump has repeatedly said that the nation is “rounding off” the pandemic, which was thinking for voters in Tuesday’s election.

COVID-19 cases in the United States have increased by more than 50% in the last two weeks. According to an AP analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the 7-day rolling average for daily new cases rose from 61,166 on October 22 to 94,625 on November 5.

(AP)