Trump claims he is ‘getting great marks’ for coronavirus response

Donald Trump claimed he was “getting great marks” for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the US having the highest death toll in the world. The president made the claim in a self-congratulatory tweet on Saturday morning that also criticised his predecessor Barack Obama for his administration’s response to Swine Flu. “We are getting great marks for the handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic, especially the very early BAN of people from China, the infectious source, entering the USA,” Mr Trump wrote. Also on Saturday, Mr Trump tweeted a picture of his Los Angeles golf course and said it was“so great to see our Country starting to open up again!” But many public health officials have warned against reopening too early, saying it would prompt a second wave of infections. Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, warned states earlier this month against “leapfrogging” critical milestones that were necessary to reopen safely. “Obviously you could get away with that, but you’re making a really significant risk,” Dr Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he told CNN. Dr Fauci announced Saturday that he was entering a “modified quarantine” after coming into contact with a White House staffer who tested positive for Covid-19. Katie Miller, a spokesperson for vice president Mike Pence, has also tested positive, as did a military valet to presidentTrump. The nation's leading zoological parks – Dehiwala National Zoo (pictured), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala Open Zoo and Ridiyagama Safari Park – were closed for two weeks on March 14.  The Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock were closed down until further notice, on March 15. Italians have been experiencing further virus-containment restrictions after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a nationwide lockdown on personal movement on March 9.