Following concerns over the exposure of the President of America, Mr Donald Trump, to a disease that has paralyzed the globe, his Physician, Dr Sean Conley has said the President tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
Mr Trump agreed to the test after coming in contact with several members of a Brazilian presidential delegation visiting his Florida resort who have since tested positive for the virus.
“This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative,” the President’s Physician said in a Saturday memo, March 24, 2020.
President Trump, aged 73, had dismissed concerns over his exposure to the disease which has killed at least 51 Americans and upended the rhythm of daily life across the country, with millions working from home and Schools shut.
The most populous U.S city, New York, saw its first coronavirus death on Saturday, as store shelves were stripped bare after days of panic buying.
Across the Hudson River in Teaneck, New Jersey, Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin called for a citywide self-quarantine after 18 cases were confirmed in the township.
Mayor Hameeduddin said “Expect or act as though you’re going to infect somebody or somebody is going to infect you.”
Vice President Mike Pence announced further curbs on travel to the United States, saying a ban imposed on European Nations over the pandemic would be extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland by Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
The restrictions threw Airports across the Country into disarray, with incoming travelers forced to wait hours for medical screenings before passing through customs.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said the long lines at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport were “unacceptable.”
Acting Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf said his office was working with airlines to improve screening times.
President Trump advised against non-essential travel and said officials were also considering imposing domestic restrictions.
In an official proclamation, he also named Sunday a national day of prayer “for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.”
The US House of Representatives also passed a bill, crafted by Democrats in consultation with the Trump administration, to provide billions of dollars for free virus testing, emergency paid sick leave and family leave. It is expected to pass the Republican-majority Senate.