Several American publications write that the ceremony organized on September 26 at the White House to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, where most of the 150 guests did not wear protective masks, was at the origin of the cluster.
But the situation would be worse than it is acknowledged.
According to a note distributed to the management of FEMA – a wing of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – which ABC News claims to have consulted, “34 members of the White House staff” were infected – a number that shows that his disease spread to more people than was known.
Among the new contamination is a close adviser to Donald Trump. A few days earlier, Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller, also close advisers to the White House tenant, tested positive for COVID-19.
According to ABC News, US authorities are trying to block information about the spread of the new coronavirus in Trump’s team.
The station previously revealed that 24 White House assistants had been infected with SARS-CoV-2.
White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah said on Tuesday that “precautionary” measures had been taken to control the epidemic among official residence staff.
However, Donald Trump, who had just left the hospital, took off his mask as soon as he arrived at the White House, in a video broadcast on social networks.
Also, images capture in recent days many White House staff members traveling without wearing a protective mask.