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Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump, looks on during an appearance in Michigan

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Giuliani latest Covid-19 case in Trump inner circle

Washington, United States, Dec 6 – Donald Trump said Sunday his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for Covid-19, the latest member of the president’s inner circle — where mask wearing is rare — to contract the disease.

The 76-year-old former New York City mayor’s age puts him in a high-risk group, and the New York Times and ABC reported he was hospitalized on Sunday in Washington as the US faces a record surge in coronavirus cases.

Giuliani’s diagnosis comes after he had been crisscrossing the country, leading the president’s defiant — and unsuccessful — effort to undo Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 presidential election.

During his travels, Giuliani has been seen frequently without a mask: on Wednesday, he was at the Michigan state assembly in Lansing with his face uncovered for a hearing that lasted more than four hours.

On Thursday, CNN showed footage of him in Atlanta walking maskless down a hall chatting with several other people whose faces were uncovered.

“Giuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus,” Trump tweeted, using a term he applies to the coronavirus that has been widely decried as racist and fanning conspiracy theories.

“Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!” the president added.

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump (pictured December 5, 2020 at a rally in Valdosta, Georgia) both contracted the coronavirus weeks before the November 3, 2020 presidential election © AFP/File / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS

A few hours earlier, Giuliani was interviewed live on Fox News and showed no signs of the disease.

Trump’s legal team said in a statement that Giuliani tested negative twice before his most recent trip and “did not experience any symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 until more than 48 hours after his return.”

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Other members of the legal team will follow their doctors’ orders and CDC guidelines on self-isolation and testing, the statement said.

– ‘They are wrong’ –

Giuliani tweeted Sunday that he was “getting great care and feeling good.”

“Recovering quickly and keeping up with everything,” he said.

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (pictured November 19, 2020) is often seen without a mask when he appears in public to defend the president’s already fading efforts to challenge his election loss © AFP/File / MANDEL NGAN

The Trump lawyer’s diagnosis came a day after the president, who has long played down the severity of the pandemic and even mocked those who wear masks, held his first big political rally since the election — before a tightly packed crowd of thousands of largely unmasked supporters in Georgia.

White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx expressed frustration Sunday at anti-mask sentiment in the US.

“I hear community members… parroting back that masks don’t work,” she told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“They are wrong.”

The United States — the country with the most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world — has seen a dramatic resurgence in its epidemic in recent weeks.

For the third day in a row, the United States on Saturday notched a record number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours, reaching nearly 230,000 new infections, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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A series of members of Trump’s inner circle have contracted the disease since the president himself caught it weeks before the election.

They include his wife Melania, his son Donald Jr., his son Barron, his press secretary, some of his advisors, his campaign manager as well as several Republican members of Congress.

A boy holds a “Save America” sign as US President Donald Trump speaks at a tightly packed rally of thousands of mostly unmasked supporters in Valdosta, Georgia on December 5, 2020 © AFP/File / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS

Many of them, including Giuliani, followed Trump’s example, often ignoring health experts’ guidance and attending White House and political events without masks.

Giuliani’s son Andrew, who works in the White House, tested positive for the virus late last month.

David Gergen, a senior adviser in four US administrations, noted on CNN that while dozens of people around Trump had now contracted the virus, only one or two in Biden’s camp had done so.

The lesson, Gergen said: “The cavalier attitude taken by the Trump people is only going to get you closer to catching this stuff…

“It’s just as plain as it can be.”

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