Sunday, 15 March 2020

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel Being Tested For Coronavirus After ‘Flu And Strep Tests’ Negative

On Saturday, Michael Ahrens, communications director for the Republican National Committee (RNC), released a statement on social media about RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel having potentially contracted the coronavirus:
Last night, @GOPChairwoman's doctor determined a test for COVID-19 was necessary given her symptoms.

We will provide an update when the test results are available.
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Last night, Chairwoman McDaniel began experiencing a fever and flu like symptoms, and she went to her local hospital in Michigan for treatment. Flu and strep tests were administered and came back negative. Her doctor determined a test for COVID-19 was necessary given her symptoms.
As she awaits the results, out of an abundance of caution, we are contacting everyone the chairwoman remembers coming into contact with in recent days. Upon the advice of doctors, she and her family are self-quarantining at their home. We will provide an update when the test results are available.
McDaniel hasn’t mentioned the illness on her @GOPChairwoman Twitter account.
Some commenters wished McDaniel well and offered prayers for a speedy recovery:
@Kyleraccio wrote: “Michael, prayers are with Ronna and all at the RNC. I know she’ll be better in no time!”
@HaveYouFoindOu1 similarly wrote: “Prayers for hardworking McDaniels, her family and all concerned. God bless the U.S. and President Trump, who are doing all they can for the American people, and the World.”
Others taunted the chairwoman and made incredibly disturbing remarks pertaining to her health and well-being:
“Nope, I hope she suffers like the dog she is,” wrote one Twitter user.
Another wrote: “It’s a pity. If somebody had shot her, at least she’d be getting thoughts and prayers.”
Yet another wrote: “Ronna is leading by example, right into the grave.”
As the coronavirus, which originated in the Hubei province of China, rapidly spreads across the globe, multiple nations have put in place severe measures in an attempt to mitigate the illness.
Outside of China, Italy has been hit hardest by the virus. On March 9, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte placed the nation of approximately 60 million on lockdown, “banning all but the most important travel,” reports ABC News.
NBC News writes: “Bars and restaurants have been ordered to close for two weeks; police are issuing fines to people out in public without good reason; internal travel, tourism, weddings and funerals are banned; and major cities such as Milan have become ghost towns.”
As of publication, Italy has 21,157 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,441 deaths, according to NBC News, which cites its own reports, as well as data from the “World Health Organization, state government leaders, and health officials.”
On Wednesday, President Trump imposed a 30-day travel restriction on foreign nationals from numerous European nations. On Saturday, the U.K. and Ireland, which were previously exempt from the ban, were included.
President Trump has declared a national emergency in order to combat the pandemic.

Spain and France are also looking to take dramatic measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. The Associated Press reports: “France ordered the closing of just about everything the rest of the world loves about it – the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the cafes, restaurants and cinema – and Spain drew up plans Saturday to lock down its 46 million citizens as governments took increasingly desperate measures to put more space between people and contain the coronavirus.”

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