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Donald Trump plays golf as US battles rise in coronavirus cases

The US president played golf this weekend as his country experienced a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Donald Trump was pictured at a private course he owns in Virginia on Saturday despite promising he would remain in Washington DC amid anti-racism protests.

The Loudon County course is located just outside the US capital.

It was the 271st time he had gone golfing during his term as president, which is more than the 333 visits his predecessor Barack Obama made during his whole eight years in charge, according to data from CNN and NBC.

It came as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US rose to more than 2.5 million on Saturday as states including Arizona and Florida saw record rises.

More than 125,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, the highest known death toll from the disease in the world.

On Friday, Trump cancelled a planned weekend visit to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, amid anti-racism protests.

Trump said he had signed a ‘very strong’ executive order protecting monuments.

A text of the order says the federal government will prosecute ‘to the fullest extent’ anyone who damages or desecrates monuments, memorials or statues.

The 2003 Veterans Memorial Preservation Act provides for prison terms of up to 10 years for destroying or attempting to destroy monuments commemorating those who served in the US armed forces.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said the cancellation was not related to New Jersey’s requirement visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Trump visited one of the states with high rates, Arizona, earlier this week.

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