Medical masks have been made mandatory in the White House and in the offices of the presidential administration. The order came from President Trump after two employees, Vice President Mike Pence’s spokeswoman and President Donald Trump’s personal aide, fell ill with COVID-19.
At the same time, some key senior officials of the White House Task Force to fight coronavirus have been quarantined through contact with those found to have COVID-19. However, Mike Pence refused to isolate himself.
Earlier, the media also reported that at least 11 agents of the US Secret Service, which provides security for the country’s top officials, have contracted the coronavirus.
Top officials are tested for coronavirus daily. As well as those who work closely with the president and vice president.
The White House uses a rapid test that diagnoses in 13 minutes. The effectiveness of this method is a matter of concern. Test manufacturer Laboratory Abbott reports that almost one in six test results (15%) is false negative, meaning a person is told he or she is healthy, when in fact he or she has the virus.
President Donald Trump has said that 10 million coronavirus tests will be conducted in the country by the end of the week, and the states will receive additional funding for this.