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Multiple Trump golf club disco party attendees infected with coronavirus

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Two weeks ago, as fears of COVID-19 began to permeate the public consciousness, guests contracted coronavirus at a disco party hosted at Trump National Golf Club in California.

Susan Brooks celebrated her 70th birthday March 8 at the Rancho Palos Verdes golf club, where she was joined by family, friends and local political figures — and she learned a week later that one of the guests had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, reported the Los Angeles Times.

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She soon tested positive, and so have three other guests.

Brooks, formerly the city’s mayor, referred questions to her daughter Meredith Brooks, who said they asked guests to stay away if they felt ill, as public health officials had advised at the time.

“Weddings were going on that weekend,” the younger Brooks told the newspaper. “Parties were going on that weekend. Life was going on as normal — it was the last normal weekend we had, but it was a normal weekend.”

Susan Brooks asked friend Janice Hahn, who’s the Los Angeles County supervisor, whether she should cancel the event, but she advised her to send a strongly worded email warning guests to stay home if they felt ill.

Hahn was alarmed by how little other guests seemed to regard the recommendations of public health officials about avoiding contact.

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They passed around a single microphone for toasting Brooks, and Hahn thought they went out of their way to shake hands or hug instead of bump fists or elbows.

“It was, ‘Oh, this is media pollution, you’re overblowing this,’” Hahn said. “I remember going home that night feeling a little bit ashamed.”

Brooks was forced to send out another urgent email a week later after a guest tested positive for COVID-19, and the hostess and four others — including Rancho Palos Verdes’ mayor — have tested positive.

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The mayor pro tem has not shown symptoms or been tested, but he has chosen to self-quarantine as a precaution.

Hahn has not been tested because she also has not shown symptoms.

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This Europe country is housing quarantined coronavirus patients in a five-star hotel

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An ambulance driver wearing a white protective gown enters a Barcelona hotel and announces the arrival of three new "customers" -- a trio of coronavirus patients discharged from hospital into luxury quarantine.

"Good morning! How are you? My name is Enrique Aranda and I am probably the first non health care worker you see in several days," says the director of the five-star Melia Sarria hotel, peering into the ambulance.

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"Some patients arrive thinking that they were taken out of hospital to be left to die, many people are frightened. I try to make them forget all that," said Aranda, wearing mask and gloves.

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UK Labour to unveil new leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn

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Britain's main opposition Labour party on Saturday unveils a new leader who will take the helm of a defeated and divided party in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Keir Starmer, a former director of state prosecutions and Labour's Brexit spokesman, is the runaway favourite to win the ballot of around 500,000 party members and succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

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Instead, the result will be put out in a press release mid-morning -- and candidates have been asked to pre-record their victory speeches.

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‘Trump fires people for telling the truth’: President blasted for ‘dead of night decision’ to fire intel watchdog

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President Donald Trump was harshly criticized on Friday for firing intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.

House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senate Intel Ranking Member Mark Warner (D-VA) were among the lawmakers who took to Twitter to criticize Trump on his favorite social media platform.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's decision:

Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing.

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