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Friday 3 April 2020

Trump passes second coronavirus test

President Donald Trump has again tested negative for Coronavirus as confirmed on Thursday's White House press briefing on coronavirus developments.

In a memo distributed by press secretary Stephanie Grisham just before the daily White House coronatask force briefing, it was gathered that the US President was tested by White House physician Sean Conley.

The memo read;

"This morning, the President was tested again for Covid-19, utilizing a new rapid point-of-care test capability. He is healthy and without symptoms."

President Trump also confirmed he underwent a second test and got his test result in 15 minutes. He was tested using "a new, rapid point-of-care test capability".

Holding up the memo, the US President said;

"I took the new test, which provides results in 15 minutes really out of curiosity to see how quickly it worked, how fast it worked.

"I did take a test. It just came out, this is from the White House physician. I just took it this morning.

"And I took it, it took me literally a minute to take it and it took me -- I guess it was 14 or 15 minutes (for results). I went to work, I didn't wait for it, but it said it took 14 minutes or something with a conclusion and it said the President tested negative for Covid-19."

Trump also tested negative in mid-March, when multiple White House officials were self-isolating and Trump had been in contact with a number of people who either got coronavirus or were in contact with people who did.

Lack of adequate test kits has bedeviled the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus, making it hard for public health officials and scientists to track the spread of the disease and see where hotspots are popping up. In response, federal health officials approved a coronavirus test last month that can provide results in less than 15 minutes, using the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests.

Thursday's press conference came after more than a million cases of the virus was confirmed worldwide.

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