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Two more Covid-19 cases reported at the White House, according to memo

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference organised by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents amid the Covid-19 outbreak on July 3, in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday said his prayers are with the President and first lady following their Covid-19 diagnosis.

“Overnight, we heard that the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump, tested positive for Covid-19. I want to start today by wishing them both a full and swift recovery. Our prayers are with them,” Tedros said during a media briefing. 

Later in the briefing, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said, “We don’t generally comment on the behavior of any specific individual, and we don’t know of risk management measures were in place around any given individual – especially someone as prominent as a president.”

“Each and every individual, and each and every citizen, should be guided by the national guidance in their country,” Ryan said.

Washing hands, staying a safe distance from each other, avoiding crowded spaces, wearing a mask – these are “the best way to protect society,” he said.

“We will not comment on the specific risk management measures or behavior of a specific individual. We are a community. We need to get through this together. This is not the time to turn on each other,” he added.


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