The Trump administration is increasingly at war with Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top public health expert, over the handling of the epidemic, as the US continues to report around 60,000 new cases a day.
In what appeared to be a concerted effort to discredit the infectious diseases expert, Trump aides told news outlets over the weekend Fauci, who has become the public face of the government’s response, had made a series of “mistakes” in his predictions.
Fauci’s unvarnished manner and willingness to be blunt in a way that may question or contradict statements by the president have fed reports he has been barred from major media appearances, though he has testified in Congress and continued to speak to the press. Fauci said last week he had not briefed Trump in months.
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Police are searching for three people, one of whom tested positive, who left quarantine on a farm at the centre of an outbreak in Herefordshire, in the UK.
It was announced on Sunday that about 200 staff at the vegetable farm and packing business AS Green & Co had been ordered to isolate on the property after at least 73 workers tested positive, prompting concerns about safety standards in agriculture.
West Mercia police has said they are working with Public Health England and the local authority to trace an individual who left the site after testing positive.
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Merkel: EU summit may not agree €750bn coronavirus recovery fund
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