Sky News:– Six of Donald Trump’s campaign team have tested positive for coronavirus ahead of his first election rally, which will be attended by 10,000 supporters.
While some parts of the world are experiencing a second COVID-19 spike, much of America is still ascending the first curve, prompting many to question the safety of a mass gathering in Tulsa, Oklahoma, even if social distancing and masks are encouraged.
These fears are unlikely to have been assuaged by a statement from Tim Murtaugh, communication director for the Donald Trump Campaign, hours before the president was due to appear.
“Per safety protocols, campaign staff are tested for COVID-19 before events,” it said. “Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented.
“No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials.
“As previously announced, all rally attendees are given temperature checks before going through security, at which point they are given wristbands, facemasks and hand sanitiser.”
Large crowds gathered hours before the president it due to appear, around midnight UK time.
Those in attendance were asked to agree to take liability should they catch coronavirus.