Wuhan, the city at the centre of the Chinese outbreak, is booming again, according to a report in the Times today. Six months following the lifting of the lock-down, Wuhan is throbbing. Shopping centres are bustling. Trains are packed and airlines are adding flights.
The city has been officially free of coronavirus since the beginning of June. The local daily newspaper declared "Wuhan is full of vitality. People's faces are brimming with smiles of happiness". That's nice to know. Yes, there is life after lock-down.
No smiles of happiness in the White House. The President and the first lady have tested positive for Covid. Initial reports suggested the Trump was asymptomatic. Later, he was experiencing mild symptoms. Then he was moved to Walter Reed hospital in an "abundance of caution" and a Marine One helicopter.
Late Friday evening, the President's physician, reported, the President was fatigued and the first lady has a mild cough and headache. Dr Conley said later in a memo, the president had completed his first dose of remdesivir. No plans to administer hydroxychloroquine or to inject bleach for that matter but he will wear a mask.
The President tweeted late Friday "Going well I think". It remains unclear when the President will be able to return to the campaign trail and if he will be able to participate in the two remaining debates with Joe Biden.
Vice President Biden said he was sending prayers the Trumps will recover quickly. "This is not a matter of politics. It is a bracing reminder to all of us, that we have to take this virus seriously".
With luck further debates will be avoided. The first was described by Jake Tapper of CNN as a "hot mess inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck". He went on to say "That was the worst debate I have ever seen. In fact, it wasn't even a debate. It was a disgrace and it's primarily because of President Trump."
If the President remains in hospital there will be no more debates, no more campaigning, He may even have to use a postal ballot! Let us hope POTUS, FLOTUS and all staffers recover soon. White House Lives matter ...
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