October 27, 2020

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Coronavirus live news: Brussels closes cafes and bars for a month; Italy imposes mandatory masks outdoors

At least 27 people across Donald Trump’s White House, election campaign and military leaders have now tested positive for coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Stephen Miller, the controversial policy adviser to the US president, became the latest to confirm that he has Covid-19 and will enter quarantine. Miller has become the latest in a lengthy list of people connected to the White House to contract the virus in recent days.

This group is headed by Trump himself, who left the Walter Reed hospital on Monday after receiving state-of-the-art medical treatment for the virus.

Trump, who has routinely downplayed the virus and disparaged the wearing of masks, posed for cameras without a mask after returning to the White House and tweeted: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

Public health experts have criticised Trump’s comments, noting that people with the virus can still spread it to others for around 10 days after becoming infected.