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Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE Jr., the president’s eldest son, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, a spokesman confirmed to The Hill on Friday.

The spokesperson said in a statement that Trump Jr. tested positive “at the start of the week” and has been quarantining. He’s been asymptomatic since his diagnosis and is “following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines.”

Trump Jr. is just the latest person in the president's orbit to be infected by the coronavirus. News of his diagnosis came hours after Andrew Giuliani, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiState sanctions Ukrainian billionaire over alleged corruption Newsmax adds Andrew Giuliani as a contributor Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol MORE’s son and a White House staffer, announced that he had tested positive for the virus.

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The White House has already faced a number of outbreaks since the start of the pandemic, with the president, the first lady, the press secretary, the chiefs of staff to both the president and the vice president and senior advisers Stephen MillerStephen MillerHouse plans for immigration bills add uncertainty on Biden proposal Trump reemerges to legacy being erased by Biden Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee MORE and Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE, among others, contracting the virus at different times.

The newest diagnoses come amid an alarming national spike in cases. The number of new cases reported each day routinely surpasses 150,000, and the U.S. tallied 2,015 new coronavirus deaths Thursday, marking the first time the country has hit more than 2,000 daily deaths since May.

Experts have warned that the latest outbreak could be exacerbated during the coming winter months when social events move to indoor settings where the virus can be more easily spread.

Trump Jr., echoing language used by other allies of the president, has downplayed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, saying late last month that deaths are “almost nothing.”

“We’ve gotten control of this, we understand how it works, they have the therapeutics to be able to deal with this,” he said on Fox News shortly before the election.

Trump Jr. was a regular figure on the campaign trail for Republicans this year. His girlfriend, Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans Noem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE, tested positive for COVID-19 in early July.