WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has tested negative for coronavirus, the president’s physician, Sean Conley, said in a statement on Saturday.
Trump said earlier in the day he’d taken a coronavirus test but that his temperature was “totally normal.”
After White House officials took the unprecedented step of checking the temperatures of journalists entering the briefing room, Trump told reporters he took a test for the virus on Friday night and that he expects the results in “a day or two days.”
He met with a Brazilian delegation last week, at least one member of which has since tested positive.
The top infectious diseases expert, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, said the country has recorded 20,226 case of the new coronavirus, but has not yet reached the peak of the outbreak.
The Trump administration also announced it had extended a travel ban to Britain and Ireland to try to contain a pandemic that has shut down much of the daily routine of American life.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Daniel Wallis)