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Mark Meadows, Trump’s Chief of Staff, Has the Coronavirus

Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff who abided by President Trump’s efforts to play down the coronavirus throughout the summer, has contracted the virus himself, a senior administration official said on Friday night.

Mr. Meadows tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, after the election, the official said, and he told a small group of advisers. The diagnosis was earlier reported by Bloomberg News. A second White House aide has also tested positive for the virus, according to a person familiar with the diagnosis.

Mr. Meadows is only the latest in a string of people to contract the virus in the past seven weeks, including Mr. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, a half-dozen aides to the president and five aides to Vice President Mike Pence, including his chief of staff, Marc Short.

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