White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an official has confirmed. Meadows is the latest high-ranking White official to be infected with the virus in recent days after a number of senior officials of the administration, including President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were tested positive last month, The Hill news website.
It was not immediately clear when Meadows contracted the disease, but the official said on Friday that he was in attendance at a re-election campaign office in Arlington, Virginia, the same one which the President visited on Election Day.
The other administrations who had tested positive for Covid-19 last month were senior aides Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller; White House Press Secretary Kayley McEnany; RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel; Republican Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tilis; former adviser Kellyanne Conway; and Trump campaign director Bill Stepien.
The development on Friday came on the same day that the US reported over 125,000 single-day coronavirus cases, topping the record for daily infections for a second consecutive day.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the US reported a total of 125,596 new cases on Friday, which increased the overall tally to 9,727,345.
With at least 1,137 new fatalities, the country's overall death toll surged to 236,025.
The two tallies are currently the highest in the world, making the US the worst-hit country.
(With IANS inputs)