October 2nd: The President Tests Positive, an MP Fails to Quarantine and a barrier in the Channel

October 2nd: The President Tests Positive, an MP Fails to Quarantine and a Barrier in the Channel

The President Tests Positive

In breaking global news today, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, have tested positive for COVID-19. The President has been reluctant to wear masks over the last few months, and has continued to hold rallies indoors.

It is believed that the President contracted the virus from White House aide Hope Hicks, who also tested positive. On a phone call with Hannity, between taking the test and it being returned as positive, the President suggested that Hope is a “warm person” and that she would often hug members of the armed forces that she met. 

There is also speculation that former Vice President Joe Biden could have contracted the virus during the debate with Donald Trump earlier this week. Both he, and his wife Jill, are being tested. It has also been announced that the moderator of the debate, Chris Wallace, is also being tested.

An MP Failing to Quarantine

In UK news today, former SNP MP Margaret Ferrier has been discovered to have failed to quarantine when she both was awaiting the results from a test, and then again when she found out that she had tested positive. 

Ms. Ferrier experienced ‘mild symptoms’ of COVID-19 on Saturday and got a test. She then went to Westminster from Scotland on Monday, spoke in a debate, then got a positive result, and then took the train back to Scotland. 

The MP has been sacked today from the SNP, with pressure to stand down as an MP also. It should also be noted that she condemned the actions of Dominic Cummings earlier in the year, for his perceived breaching of the lockdown rules.

The day didn’t get better for her, either, with the speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsey Hoyle, claiming that he was “really, very angry” with her actions. 

It is yet to be seen whether she does step down as an MP.

A Barrier in the Channel

In other UK news today, it has been revealed that the government approached a company about setting up ‘floating barriers’ in the channel in order to discourage migrants from illegally crossing. This is according to a leaked document.

The company they approached, Maritime UK, claimed that building ‘marine fencing’ in the channel for this purpose would not be “legally possible”, as it would contravene the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. 

Exactly how the government will proceed from here is, as yet, unknown. 

For those of you who think the news is too long, be sure to check out tomorrow’s daily briefing.


Portrait of President-elect Donald Trump. , 2016. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017645723/

Photo of Margaret Ferrier Independenista / CC BY-SA


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