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Coronavirus snares Trump staff

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Coronavirus has further spread among US President Donald Trump's top aides, ensnaring Housing Secretary Ben Carson and the man leading his campaign's legal challenges to his election loss.

The infections of Carson, 69, a retired neurosurgeon, and political activist David Bossie, 55, have renewed the focus on a November 3 election night White House party and the administration's cavalier attitude toward guidelines encouraging Americans to wear masks and socially distance.

"Secretary Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus," Deputy Chief of Staff Coalter Baker at the Department of Housing and Urban Development said on Monday.

"He is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery" .

Carson was not hospitalised.

A source familiar with the matter said Bossie's infection "takes him out of the decision process" of the election challenge effort, in part because he cannot physically be at campaign headquarters nor the Oval Office.

Trump himself tested positive and was hospitalised with COVID-19 in early October. A number of staff members, as well as Trump's wife and son, also tested positive.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who has frequently appeared at public events without wearing a mask, was diagnosed last week along with several other staffers.

Carson, Meadows, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Health Secretary Alex Azar and a number of other Trump Cabinet officials and top aides were at the White House for the Election night party on Tuesday.

Bossie, tapped on Friday to lead Trump's efforts to challenge election results in several battleground states showing Joe Biden as narrowly winning, also attended the election night party, sources say.

He appeared at a Phoenix news conference last Thursday criticising vote tabulations.

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