WORLD NEWS | Fauci Says White House COVID-19 Infections Could Have Been Prevented

WASHINGTON – Top U.S. infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose advocacy of public health guidelines to fight the coronavirus has conflicted with President Donald’s downplaying of the pandemic, said on Tuesday the recent rash of infections at the White House could have been prevented.

Several close aids to Trump and senior Republican politicians tested positive for the coronavirus since the Republican president announced on Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted the virus.

‘Take a look at what happened this week at the White House’, Fauci said in an interview with American University’s Kennedy Political Union, when asked what advice he had about how people could discuss preventive actions with relatives who believed the pandemic was a hoax.

‘That is a reality, right there. And every day that goes by more people are popping up that are infected. It’s not a hoax. It’s an unfortunate situation when you see something like that because that could have been prevented,’ Fauci said.

Fauci has been a long – time advocate of wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Trump returned to the White House on Monday from a military hospital where he spent three nights being treated for COVID-19, telling Americans ‘to get our there’ and not let their lives be dominated by the virus.

He left hospital wearing a mask, but removed it to posed for pictures on the White House balcony and did not put it back on when he entered the building.

The president, who is trailing his Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the Nov.3. election, has pushed for quicker reopening of the economy and schools and accused Democrats of preventing that for political purpose.

Trump rarely wears a mask in public, and there is often little social distancing at his campaign rallies and White House events.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, has ascribed a surge in coronavirus infection in part to the country’s failure to shut down completely.

More than 210, people in the United States have been killed by the coronavirus and moe than 7 million infected, more than any other country.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, a top speechwriter for Trump and an influential adviser on Trump’s hardline immigration policy, on Tuesday became the latest COVID case reported among Trump associates.

Others announcing they had tested positive in recent days include close Trump adviser Hope Hicks; White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnamy, Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien, and Republican Senators Mike Lee, Thom Tillies and Ron Johnson.

Saudi Energy Minister Sees Demand From Gas – To – Oil Switch At Up To 600,000 BPD

LONDON – Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said users switching from gas to oil could account for demand of 500,000 – 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), adding that the world was now waking up to shortages in the energy sector. Prince Andulaziz said the potential switch depended on how severe winter … More Saudi Energy Minister Sees Demand From Gas – To – Oil Switch At Up To 600,000 BPD

Riyadh Winter Wonderland Back In Saudi Arabia, 40 Pct Larger Than Previous Season

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –  Riyadh Winter Wonderland is set to make a comeback in Saudi Arabia’s capital with 40 percent more space during Riyadh Season, with added games, activities, and shows for all age groups. Starting October 26 and lasting until the end of March 2022, Winter Wonderland will include more than 103 games and six areas: Dreamland Carnival, … More Riyadh Winter Wonderland Back In Saudi Arabia, 40 Pct Larger Than Previous Season

Saudi Arabia Advises Citizens Not To Travel To Lebanon – Ministry

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia has advised its citizens not to travel to Lebanon in light of the latest security events, the foreign ministry wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Lebanon remains on  a Saudi travel list where obtaining prior permission to visit is required. On Thursday, seven people were killed in violence in Beirut  as crowd … More Saudi Arabia Advises Citizens Not To Travel To Lebanon – Ministry

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Launches Strategic Offices For Al – Baha, Al – Jouf, Jazan

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Sunday the launch of the strategic offices for the development of al – Baha, al – Jouf, and Jazan regions. According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), these offices aim to capitalize on the unique competitive advantages each of the three regions … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Launches Strategic Offices For Al – Baha, Al – Jouf, Jazan

Saudi Arabia Allows Full Capacity At Sports Stadiums, Facilities

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Sports announced that vaccinated visitors will be allowed into all sports stadium and facilities as they operate at full capacity, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Sunday. Visitor entry will be limited to those who are  fully vaccinated against COVID – 19, as per Kingdom’s rules, the … More Saudi Arabia Allows Full Capacity At Sports Stadiums, Facilities

Saudi Arabia Allows Capacity At Mecca’s Grand Mosque As COVID – 19 Rules Eased

PARIS, France – The Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia operated at full capacity on Sunday, with worshippers praying shoulder – to – shoulder for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. This comes after Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry approved easing the country’s strict COVID – 19 precautionary … More Saudi Arabia Allows Capacity At Mecca’s Grand Mosque As COVID – 19 Rules Eased

Qatar Emir Appoints Two Women To Advisory Council After Men Sweep Polls

DOHA – Qatar’s emir named two women among his new appointment to the Gulf state’s advisory Shura Council on Thursday, after partial elections held for the first time earlier this month saw not one of the more than 20 women candidates a seat. In what was Qatar’s first legislative election, candidates competed for 30 of … More Qatar Emir Appoints Two Women To Advisory Council After Men Sweep Polls

UAE Oil Minister Says Energy Demand Peaking, Important To Maintain Market Balance

PARIS, France – Demand for energy and especially natural gas is peaking, the oil minister of the United Arab Emirates said on Thursday, adding that it was important to maintain balance in the market. The minister, who was speaking on the sidelines of an energy forum in Moscow, also said that the United Arab Emirates … More UAE Oil Minister Says Energy Demand Peaking, Important To Maintain Market Balance

Saudi Arabia To Ask Foreign Energy Companies To Up Domestic Input To 70% – Sources

LONDON – Saudi Arabia will require foreign firms working in the energy sector, including petrochemicals and water desalination, to boost local input to at least 70% in order to secure government contracts, three sources familiar with the matter said. Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman discussed the plan to increase domestic input with local and … More Saudi Arabia To Ask Foreign Energy Companies To Up Domestic Input To 70% – Sources

Macron Unveils 30 – Bln Euro Plan For Innovation And Industrial Revival

PARIS, France – France wants to be a leader in green hydrogen by 2030 and build low – carbon planes and small nuclear reactors as part of a 30 billion euro ($35 billion), investment plan, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. Macron said the road map, dubbed ‘France 2030’, would ensure France decarbonizes its industry … More Macron Unveils 30 – Bln Euro Plan For Innovation And Industrial Revival

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