Coronavirus Updates: Fauci to Self-Quarantine After White House Exposure; Johnson Eases UK Lockdown
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The heads of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now quarantining after coming into contact with a White House staff member who tested positive for the coronavirus. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told staff about his self-quarantine plans on Friday, according to an emailed statement from the agency. CDC Director Robert Redfield, 68, will also go into quarantine, and will telework for two weeks.
Perhaps the highest-profile health official in the U.S., Anthony Fauci, will start a “modified quarantine,” during which he’ll primarily work from home and wear a mask continually for 14 days, he told CNN on Saturday. If he’s called to the White House or Capitol Hill, he will take every precaution on those trips, he said.
Boris Johnson announced the “first careful steps” to lift the U.K.’s lockdown and restart the economy, setting out a “conditional plan” for getting more people back to work while controlling the spread of Covid-19. Stressing there will be no immediate end to the lockdown, the British prime minister announced looser restrictions on movement from Wednesday, starting with unlimited outdoor leisure time for sports such as golf and tennis, and allowing people to drive to parks and beaches in England.
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