Melania Trump coronavirus: First Lady receives test results for COVID 19

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told CNN on Monday that the First Lady had been tested.

The results came back negative in what must be a huge relief for the Trump family.

President Donald Trump announced that the First Lady had received a test at a press conference.

Grisham said: “Mrs Trump got tested the same night as the President was tested, out of an abundance of caution. The test was negative,”

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence were also tested.

Both Pence’s tested negative after tests administered on Saturday.

Mike Pence is the Trump administrations point person coordinating the response to the pandemic.

The couple were tested after a member of the Vice Presidents team had tested positive for the disease.


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Dr Deborah Birx, the coronavirus task force coordinator, had also been tested.

During the Monday press briefing, she revealed she was experiencing a ‘low grade’ fever.

Her results has also come back negative.

Birx said: “[It was] probably a GI thing, but you know, I’m meticulous. I’m a physician,”

“I got a test late Saturday night, and I’m negative. 

I stayed home another day just to make sure. That’s how we protect one another.” 

When Birx said from the podium that she had had a fever, Trump jokingly said Uh-oh” and moved several steps away from Birx.

All White House based officials tested have been shown to not have coronavirus.

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Officials have sought to increase the availability of tests, and also make clearer what conditions need testing.

They’ve urged people to use discretion before considering testing, as they may not necessarily have the disease.

There are limited tests available for Americans, so the government has been attempting to ration them to where they are most needed.

Mike Pence said on Saturday: “If you don’t have symptoms, don’t do a test, It is another way that the American people can make sure that we are preserving the resources that our health care workers need to administer and support those who are dealing with the coronavirus and other illnesses.”

America had over 100 deaths in one day from the disease for the first time on Monday.

There are currently 52’761 cases of coronavirus confirmed in the US.

The total death toll is at 682 as of Tuesday.

The most affected state is New York, which accounts for half of the countries cases and a third of it’s deaths.

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