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The White House outbreak intensifies as Kayleigh McEnany, the press secretary, tests positive for the virus.



The coronavirus outbreak in the west wing continued to spread Monday as the White House press secretary and two of her deputies joined the list of aides near President Trump who tested positive for the virus, adding to fears that more cases will come.

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced on Twitter that she tested positive and would be quarantined. Ms. McEnany said she had previously tested negative multiple times, “every day since Thursday,” but health experts said she may have been contagious for days – including when she spoke briefly to unmasked reporters outside the White House on Sunday.

Two other members of the press team, Karoline Leavitt and Chad Gilmartin, Ms. McEnany’s relative, also tested positive – but learned of their status before Ms. McEnany, according to two people familiar with the diagnoses.

The revelations came amid many unanswered questions about whether Mr Trump could move to the White House without putting himself and others at risk, and suggested that the White House has no control over the virus.

Vice President Mike Pence, who tested negative on Sunday, was due to travel to Utah ahead of the Vice President’s debate on Wednesday night. Mr. Pence also plans to attend campaign events in Arizona and Florida this week before stopping in his home state of Indiana to vote early.

His doctor said in a statement Friday that Mr Pence has not been quarantined because at that point he was not yet close enough to people known to have the coronavirus to be considered “close contact” with high risk qualify of infection.




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