Anxiety mounts as second person who was with Trump at Mar-a-Lago tests positive for coronavirus Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 1, 2021

Anxiety is mounting fast in the United States after a second person who was with President Trump at the weekend tested positive for coronavirus.

Republican party officials said in an email on Friday that the latest diagnosis involves an individual who attended a Sunday luncheon hosted by Trump Victory, a committee that raises money for the Trump campaign and the Republican Party.

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The Washington Post reported that President Trump spoke at the event, adding that on Saturday, Trump dined and was photographed with a senior Brazilian official who later tested positive.

There was some relief for President Trump on Friday after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he did not test positive for coronavirus after a handshake with him at the weekend following earlier reports he had tested positive.

Journal O Dia, a major newspaper in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, had earlier reported that President Bolsonaro had tested positive for coronavirus.

President Donald Trump and Bolsonaro had diner at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night and shook hands. 

But on Friday, Bolsonaro said he tested negative for the novel coronavirus, after reports suggested that he tested positive.

After O Dia, a major Brazilian newspaper,  on Friday reported that he’d tested positive, Fox News later confirmed the news.

Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo told Fox News that further testing was being done to confirm the diagnosis and that they expected results later on Friday.

The Brazilian president later said on Twitter that he tested negative, adding, “DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE MEDIA FAKE NEWS!”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also be in isolation for 14 days after his wife tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, the government said in a statement.

“The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days,” the statement read. His wife, Sophie Trudeau, will also be in isolation for 14 days.

“The Prime Minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address Canadians tomorrow.”

Local and international news outlets quoted Sophie as saying in a personal note she was “experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus” but she added she “will be back on my feet soon”.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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