On Thursday, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that both Trump and Pence "had nearly no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time".
The Brazilian Embassy in Washington said late Friday that the country's chargé d'affaires, Nestor Forster, tested positive after sitting at Trump's dinner table. Fabio Wajngarten, press secretary to Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, later tested positive for COVID-19, the disease the new virus causes.
Meanwhile, Trump, who has faced concerns that he might have contracted the virus through his recent interaction with a visiting Brazilian delegation, tested negative, his physician said in a statement Saturday.
"Last night after an in-depth discussion with the president regarding COVID-2019 testing, he elected to proceed".
"We are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation", Conley said.
Pence said he and second lady Karen Pence hadn't been tested for coronavirus and were told Friday night that they didn't have symptoms or contact with infected individuals that would suggest testing was necessary.
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Meanwhile, Albania reported its first coronavirus infections on March 9, in a father and son who had returned from Italy. Some 12,000 patients were treated in these temporary hospitals, according to the city's COVID-19 control headquarters.
Also, so far, 3,043 people have been tested positive for the coronavirus across the country, according to worldometers.info.
Trump's supporters, however, used the occasion to tear into mainstream media for fanning the Covid-19 hysteria and defaming the U.S. leader by "spreading disgusting rumors" about his health. All White House reporters had their temperatures measured before entering the briefing room on Saturday, and one reporter was refused entry. "Legal [US] residents can come home", Pence said.
Trump spoke to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Saturday about the new restrictions, according to the White House press office.
Bolsanaro announced Friday he tested negative for the virus.
In an effort to combat cases of COVID-19, all reporters attending the White House press briefing on Saturday were required to have their temperatures checked before being allowed into the building.
According to the worldwide news agency, the U.S. has 2,700 confirmed cases of the virus whereas 54 died in the country. Among the first reported to be affected by it was a journalist who was running a temperature and was barred from the news conference.