WH chief of staff Meadows has COVID-19: source

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a source familiar with the situation who spoke to Reuters on Friday.

Meadows is just the latest official within Trump's close circle to have contracted COVID-19, which has killed over 236,000 Americans.

The top Trump adviser has frequently appeared at public events without a mask, and regularly accompanied President Donald Trump to his final campaign rallies leading up to the U.S. election.

Meadows recently attended a White House election night party attended by dozens of Trump loyalists.

It was not immediately clear when or how he was infected.

According to the source, another top campaign aide, Nick Trainer, has also tested positive for the virus.

Trump has contradicted the guidance of top health experts on the coronavirus, even after an outbreak seized the White House last month.

The president himself was briefly hospitalized at the time after he was infected with the virus, while his wife Melania and son Barron also tested positive.

U.S. coronavirus infections surged by over 129,000 on Friday -- marking the country's third consecutive daily rise of over 100,000 cases.

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- White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with COVID-19. According to a source familiar with the situation, who spoke to Reuters on Friday. Meadows is just the latest official within Trump's closed circle to have contracted COVID-19, which has killed over 236,000 Americans. The top Trump advisor has frequently appeared at public events without a mask, and regularly accompanied President Donald Trump to his final campaign rallies leading up to the US election.

Meadows recently attended a White House election night party, attended by dozens of Trump loyalists. It was not immediately clear when or how he was infected. According to the source another top campaign aide, Nick Trainor, has also tested positive for the virus.

Trump has contradicted the guidance of top health experts on the coronavirus, even after an outbreak seized the White House last month. The president, himself, was briefly hospitalized at the time after he was infected with the virus, while his wife Melania and son Barron also tested positive.

US coronavirus infections surged by over 129,000 on Friday, marking the country's third consecutive daily rise of over 100,000 cases.