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Coronavirus live news: Trump in hospital after Covid diagnosis as ex-aide Kellyanne Conway tests positive

World Health Organization gives green light to second test that gives results in up to 30 minutes; Melbourne cluster grows

  • White House doctor: president is ‘fatigued but in good spirits’
  • Trump’s symptoms include low-grade fever and cough, reports say
  • Biden: Trump’s test ‘bracing reminder’ to ‘take this virus seriously’
  • Biden and his wife test negative for coronavirus

Over to Australia, momentarily, where police are down at Melbourne’s famous St Kilda beach, enforcing Covid-19 restrictions following “unacceptable” scenes on Friday. A second wave in Melbourne has prompted a long-running, strict lockdown, but crowds of Victorians were seen at the beach on Friday partying. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews slammed the scenes and urged Victorians to continue adhering to restrictions.

My colleague Matilda Bosely is down at the beach today, and reports a strong police presence.

Police at St Kilda Beach are stopping groups at foreshore restaurants and bars, presumably asking their reasons for being there. Enforcement has been ramped up at the beach since hundreds gathered and partied last night. pic.twitter.com/4oHrzmnUax

My colleague Lois Beckett has just published a wrap on news that Kellyanne Conway, the president’s former counsellor, has tested positive and has mild symptoms.

Conway’s diagnosis has focused attention on an event at the Rose Garden at the White House, during which Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his supreme court nominee. At least seven figures in attendance have now tested positive for Covid-19.

Related: Scrutiny on Rose Garden event after Kellyanne Conway and other guests test positive for Covid

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