- During a press briefing, President Trump dismissed concerns about the White House.
- The Robert Koch Institute has confirmed 933 more cases of coronavirus in Germany.
- In South Korea, 27 more cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of victims to 10,936.
US President Donald Trump has dismissed concerns at the White House about the spread of the coronavirus, saying Vice President Mike Pence’s tests were negative. The United States still has the highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world, at 82,614, and the most cases, at nearly 1.4 million.
White House authorities have ordered all staff to wear masks after two senior West Wing officials confirmed having coronavirus. This means that all West Wing employees must wear masks while working in the White House. President Trump’s office is in the West Wing. However, during a press briefing, President Trump dismissed concerns about the White House, saying Vice President Mike Pence’s test was negative.
The White House’s daily briefing on Monday evening also took a dramatic turn, when President Trump abruptly left the press conference without answering reporters’ questions. When President Trump touted America’s testing capacity, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang asked, “why does that matter?” Jiang went on, “why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day?”
Trump retorted, “well, they are losing their lives everywhere in the world. Maybe that is a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me. Ask China that question. When you ask China that question you may get a very unusual answer.” Jiang, a Virginia-based journalist, was born in China. The president then asked other people to ask questions, but soon after, he abruptly left the press conference.
Globally, the number of people infected with the coronavirus has risen to more than 4.3 million, while more than 291,000 people have died from the disease so far. The Robert Koch Institute, a leading scientific institute in Germany, has confirmed 933 more cases of coronavirus in the country, bringing the total number of people infected with COVID-19 in the country to 170,508.
In that sense, it’s a big addition. According to official figures, 116 more people have been infected with the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and so far, 7,533 people in Germany have died from COVID-19. Germany has decided to ease the lockdown measures in place in the country, and some quarters are raising concerns about another possible outbreak of the coronavirus.
Authorities in Iran have decided to temporarily reopen mosques from Tuesday, so that people can worship during the month of Ramadan. In South Korea, 27 more cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of victims to 10,936. A total of 258 people have been killed in South Korea so far.
Meanwhile, France has evacuated about 150 European nationals stranded in Central America on a special flight to Europe. There were French nationals as well as Germans. Also included are people from European countries, such as Spain and Italy.
A flight is ready for such stranded people on Wednesday. Lockdowns have also eased sharply in China, where only one case has been reported in the last 24 hours. Middle schools have opened in Beijing, and students continue to come to school.
Leading car maker Tesla has reopened its factory in the US state of California. Although the state government eased the lockdown, the local administration decided not to allow the car factory to open. However, Tesla has challenged the decision in court and resumed operations at the factory.