COVID-19: Trump to be tested every day; US unemployment hits record high

US President Donald Trump (file image)

President Donald Trump who has tested negative for Covid-19 in the past has now decided to be tested every day. This decision has been taken after one of Trump’s military aides tested positive. Trump said he had little contact with him.

“I have had very little contact, personal contact, with this gentleman,” Trump said. “I just had a test. I had one yesterday and one today, and it is negative. No matter what you do, testing is not a perfect art. So, we test once a week. Now we are going to go testing once a day,” he added.

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With the US recording its highest unemployment rate in recent times due to the pandemic, Trump’s bid for a second term as US President could get impacted. The US Bureau of Labour Statistics has revealed that over 33 million people have filed for unemployment benefits. This number was earlier 26 million in mid-April.

The US economic growth had been improving before the US was forced to impose a lockdown. This has prompted Trump and other officials to blame the Chinese for their mishandling of the crisis.

Experts have also pointed out that the US Administration was lackadaisical earlier in handling the crisis.

The US presently has over 75,000 deaths due to the virus. New York continues to remain the epicenter and the worst affected state in the US.

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