White House to test reporters for coronavirus before briefings


White House reporters will now get tested for the virus before they attend daily briefings with President Trump.

This is because Journalists with so-called “hard passes” sit just feet from the commander in chief at the press conferences and are allowed to roam West Wing offices behind the podium before and after briefings to speak with press officers.

Karl explained the reason behind the new test:

“This is happening today in light of the news yesterday that a member of the White House press corps who was at the White House on Tuesday is experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus. We hope to have that individual’s test results later today,”

Reporters must arrive at the White House by 3:30 p.m. or 90 minutes before the scheduled briefing time. A rapid-results test that takes 15 minutes launched last week. Trump took the new test himself.

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