Mark Meadows, President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, has tested positive for coronavirus.
At least four other White House aides have also been infected, Bloomberg has reported
Meadows 61, is one of Donald Trump’s closest advisers.
It was unclear when he was diagnosed; he was last in the White House Thursday.
On October 25, Meadows said the US was ‘not going to control’ the pandemic.
It would be recalled that Donald Trump tested positive on October 1 and is unlikely to get infected again.
It is believed around 35 people working in the White House have had COVID-19.
As with previous outbreaks, the White House tried to keep it secret, CNN and Bloomberg reported.
The White House told DailyMail.com that the White House medical unit has completed all contract tracing relating to Meadows’ diagnosis, but did not provide further details.
His diagnosis takes the number of people in the White House orbit to have tested positive to at least 46.
New York magazine had reported that 36 tested positive on October 14 – before Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff and four aides were confirmed to have contracted the virus on October 25.
The five new cases confirmed on Friday pushes the tally to 46.
On Friday, more than 125,000 Americans tested positive – a new single-day record, and the third consecutive day with more than 100,000 new cases every day.
It was unclear when Meadows tested positive.
Meadows was with the president throughout his treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center. On October 25, Meadows told CNN the US was ‘not going to control’ the coronavirus pandemic.
Pressed Tapper commenting on why the US isn’t going to get the pandemic under control, Meadows said: ‘Because it is a contagious virus, just like the flu.’
He added that the Trump administration is ‘making efforts to contain it.’
‘What we need to do is make sure that we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it’s therapies or vaccines or treatments to make sure that people don’t die from this,’ Meadows said.
The White House has been battling a coronavirus outbreak since September 26, when a Rose Garden ‘super spreader event’ was held – the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
Meadows was with Trump on his final two-day, seven state, 10 rally campaign swing where he was spotted at the events without wearing a face mask.
On that trip, Meadows had close contact with members of the Trump family who have not been diagnosed with COVID -19, including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
Additionally, Meadows was at the White House on election night where he attended a party in the East Wing filled with prominent Trump supporters, including the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, 76.
Organisers said that everyone would be tested for COVID-19 on entry.
Earlier on Tuesday, Meadows joined Trump at the campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and was again not wearing a mask.
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