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Since two White House aides tested positive for the coronavirus last week, officials who were potentially exposed have responded in a variety of ways, raising questions about how the administration is keeping the president, vice president and their staffs safe.
On Saturday night, a spokeswoman for Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease official, said he would be working from home sometimes. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “will be teleworking for the next two weeks,” according to a CDC spokesman. And Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, began to self-quarantine for two weeks, the FDA said late Friday.
Confirmed cases have surpassed 4 million worldwide, with more than 279,000 deaths.
Here are some significant developments:
- Former president Barack Obama appeared to slam the Trump administration’s coronavirus response as an “absolute chaotic disaster” during a Friday night call, according to a recording obtained by Yahoo News and confirmed by an Obama representative.
- The FDA issued an emergency authorization of a new antigen test to rapidly detect the virus.
- Health officials are warning against Mother’s Day gatherings, including in a California city where a cluster of covid-19 cases has emerged among attendees of a recent birthday party.
- In the latest clash over coronavirus-related restrictions, Tesla on Saturday filed a lawsuit against the California county that has prohibited the electric car company from producing vehicles during the outbreak.
- Three children in New York have died of a mysterious inflammatory syndrome thought to be related to the coronavirus, officials said.
- Confronted with the worst jobs report since the Great Depression, the White House and congressional Democrats aren’t even talking to each other about what — if anything — to do about it.