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President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE said Saturday that his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpMost Republicans in new poll say they'd vote for Trump in 2024 President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Trump has not prepared a concession speech: report MORE, was doing "very well" following his positive test for COVID-19. 

A spokesperson for the president's son confirmed on Friday that Trump Jr. tested positive “at the start of the week” and has been quarantining. News of his diagnosis came hours after Andrew Giuliani, the son of Trump's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiEx-Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell files lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia Trump set for precedent-breaking lame-duck period As Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on MORE and a White House staffer, announced that he tested positive for the virus. 

“My son is doing very well. Thank you!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

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A number of Trump administration officials and White House staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including the president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony MORE in early October. Others who have tested positive include the press secretary, the chiefs of staff to both the president and the vice president, and senior advisers Stephen MillerStephen MillerPresident says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 Giuliani's son, a White House staffer, tests positive for coronavirus MORE and Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 MORE.

The U.S. topped 12 million coronavirus cases on Saturday, less than a week after the total number of cases hit 11 million. The weekly average of new cases has exceeded 100,000 for the past two weeks, and daily case counts are now approaching 200,000.

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Experts have warned that cases would surge during the winter months as people are forced to spend more time indoors, where the virus can spread more easily, and several states have stepped up coronavirus restrictions to try to limit the spread of the virus around Thanksgiving. 

However, the president, his son and other allies have downplayed the extent of the outbreak. Late last month, Trump Jr. asserted that the death rate due to COVID-19 was “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.