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Fauci Calls White House Ceremony a ‘Super-Spreader Event’

  • Trump, others tested positive for coronavirus after event
  • Many attendees had shunned masks, mingled closely indoors
Guests in the Rose Garden at the White House on Sept. 26.
Guests in the Rose Garden at the White House on Sept. 26.Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious-disease expert, said that a gathering in the White House Rose Garden last month was a “super-spreader event” for the novel coronavirus.

President Donald Trump held a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Sept. 26 to honor Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. While the White House had a testing regime in place to screen for virus cases, few guests wore masks and attendees mingled and sat in close proximity to one another both indoors and outdoors.