A ‘couple’ of positive coronavirus tests among White House staff, says correspondent

Close to 1,000 people attended the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House, Sept. 15, 2020. (Joseph Haboush, Al Arabiya English)

A “couple” of positive test results for the coronavirus appeared at the White House Wednesday morning, a correspondent said, one day after US President Donald Trump hosted close to 1,000 people to witness the signing of the Abraham Accords between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel.

“The White House called the journalists from the pool 30 minutes late to get our routine covid test. I was told they were late because ‘It was a very busy morning. We had a couple of positives today,’’’ the correspondent for Brazil’s Globo News tweeted.

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters he does not “comment on any health-related issues,” when asked about the positive test results.

Later Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also remained tight-lipped, saying she does not share people’s “personal, medical information.”

But at a news conference Wednesday evening, Trump said that there was one individual who tested positive from the White House. But the individual did not come into contact with reporters or guests at Tuesday's signing of the Abraham Accords, Trump said.

On Tuesday, close to 1,000 officials, diplomats, guests and journalists were at the White House’s South Lawn to witness the signing of the normalization deal between Arab states and Israel. Many of the White House staff were not wearing facemasks, including most of the Trump administration officials.

Several journalists, but not all, were tested for the coronavirus early Tuesday before attending the outdoor event.

One member of the Secret Service told Al Arabiya English that it was “by far” the largest gathering at the White House since the outbreak of the pandemic.

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