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Publish Date: 9:09 - 06 October 2020
Tuesday, 06 October 2020_Despite being linked to seven coronavirus infections, the White House is not tracing contacts of those who attended the celebration for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on September 26, 2020. (Photo via The New York Times)

Trump admin. not contact tracing ‘super-spreader’ Rose Garden event: ReportThe White House has not investigated the super-spreader Rose Garden event that has made attendees contract the coronavirus.
The scope and source of the latest outbreak are, therefore, unknown, The New York Times suggested in its report on Monday.

“This is a total abdication of responsibility by the Trump administration,” said Dr. Joshua Barocas, a public health expert at Boston University, who has advised the City of Boston on contact tracing. “The idea that we’re not involving the CDC to do contact tracing at this point seems like a massive public health threat.”

Since Trump’s diagnosis, numerous associates have tested positive for the virus, but the government is making little effort to probe the super-spreader.

“You cannot argue against the fact that five or six people who attended that event all got infected, unless you argue that that was all random chance,” said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, an epidemiologist and contact tracing expert. “There were a lot of people working at that event, and so they need to be contact tracing that whole event.”

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