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Trump doctor says president ‘has tested negative’ for COVID-19 on consecutive days, won’t reveal when

President Donald Trump tested negative for COVID-19 at some point in the “recent” past, his personal doctor said Monday, though he didn’t specify what that meant.

Dr. Sean Conley, the White House doctor who has continued to offer misleading or incomplete information about Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, offered the latest confusing update in a memo released shortly before the president was set to hold an evening campaign rally in Florida.

“In response to your inquiry regarding the president’s most recent COVID-19 tests, I can share with you that he has tested NEGATIVE, on consecutive days,” Conley wrote in the memo.

A White House spokesman did not return a request for clarity.

Conley wrote in the memo that Trump’s negative results came back using the so-called “Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card” — a rapid test known to not be as accurate as more sensitive swab tests.

However, Conley said the team of White House physicians also relied on “clinical and laboratory data” in assessing that “the president is not infectious to others.”

Since Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Oct. 1, Conley and White House officials have refused to say when he took his last negative test.

The obfuscation has raised concern that Trump could still be contagious.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 patients who experience severe symptoms — which Trump did — can be contagious for “up to 20 days.”

Nonetheless, Trump was not wearing a face mask as he boarded Air Force One on Monday afternoon for a rally in Sanford, Florida — his first public campaign event since being diagnosed with the virus that’s killed more than 215,000 Americans.


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Jasmine Food Named Their 16th Consecutive “Malaysia’s Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Award”

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amidst the current unprecedented time of economic downturn due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Jasmine Food Corporation (Jasmine) Sdn Bhd has demonstrated its sustainable performance as evidenced by 10th consecutive years of receiving awards by Reader’s Digest. The 2020 accolade saw Jasmine awarded with “Platinum Trusted Brand” in the Rice category among other Rice Brand in Malaysia. 

Jasmine Food supports Pusat Darah Negara’s (PDN) Blood Donation Drive
Jasmine Food supports Pusat Darah Negara’s (PDN) Blood Donation Drive

“We have established our presence for more than 5 decades as one of the leading rice market producers and distributors in Malaysia. We are proud of the awards that we have received for so many years. The awards, for us, is encouragement to enhance our trusted brand to keep providing the highest quality of our healthy rice variants,” Lim Swee Keat, CEO of Jasmine Food Corporation, explained.

Lim also concerns about healthy eating lifestyle. For that reason, Jasmine provides rice produced through the right cultivation that can grow healthy products. “Among our products range in the list are fragrant, basmathi, calrose, health rice, glutinous rice, rice vermicelli, and we also have imported white rice.”

Innovation is one crucial element that also attributes to the success of Jasmine, which is evidenced by the production of innovative products such as long grain basmathi rice. This type of low-fat and low carbohydrate rice contains a low level of glycemic index, protein, calcium and vitamins. Hence, Jasmine has won the trust and support achieved by partnering with the country’s health institute, Tung Shin Hospital, National Blood Donation Centre (PDN), National Diabetic Association, and National Heart Institute or Institute Jantung Negara (IJN).

“We became a subsidiary Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) in 1996 and have ever since imported a wide variety of rice from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Australia, and USA to cater to diverse needs of customers from various countries,” Lim added.

Reader’s Digest has for 22 consecutive years held such a prestigious accolade to gain insights into customers’ views and trusted brands, based on trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of customer needs, innovation, and social responsibility. The insights were collected from around 8,000 individuals from five countries/regions, including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines.  Platinum Trusted Brand Awards were given to brands that topped their category with an overwhelmingly higher score than their nearest competitor.

The trustworthiness, quality and credibility are also proven through Jasmine Rice’s money-back guarantee policy. Choose Jasmine products today, because you can trust in its quality and consistency.

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N.J. reports 637 new coronavirus cases, 1 new death. Rate of transmission rises for 7th consecutive day.

New Jersey reported 637 new coronavirus positive tests and one additional death on Sunday as the state’s rate of transmission climbed for the 7th consecutive day and has remained above the key benchmark indicating the outbreak is expanding for the past month.

Ocean County, a COVID-19 hotspot that has emerged in recent weeks, once again led the state with 150 new cases. Gov. Phil Murphy traveled to the county on Friday to discuss the ongoing outbreak there, which has been linked to Lakewood and its significant Orthodox Jewish community.

The statewide rate of transmission increased to 1.26, up from 1.24 a day earlier and marking a week of steady increases. The transmission rate was 1.11 last Sunday. Any number above 1 indicates that each new case, on average, is leading to at least one additional case and the outbreak is growing. The rate remains is now the highest it’s been since 1.32 on Aug. 5.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 across the state remained below 500 for the second day, with 480 patients across 71 hospitals.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest figures on social media. He did not reveal when the newly reported deaths occurred.

The update comes as the state continues an investigation into whether people were infected at a fundraiser President Donald Trump held at his Bedminster golf course Thursday, hours before he announced he tested positive for the virus. Everyone in attendance has been asked to self-quarantine and get tested, Murphy said. As many as 300 people attended the fundraiser, and some paid for a photo opportunity with the president.

Trump remained Sunday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where doctors say his condition is improving and he could be discharged by Monday.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tested positive for the virus on Friday, after spending time with Trump for the presidential debate on Tuesday and attending the formal nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Christie, who has asthma, was admitted to Morristown Medical Center in what he called a preventative measure Saturday afternoon.

Fellow New Jersey natives Kellyanne Conway, a former Trump advisor, and Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, have also tested positive for the virus.

New Jersey has reported a total of 208,202 COVID-19 cases out of more than 3.73 million tests administered in the nearly seven months since the state announced its first positive test March 4. That’s the eight most positive tests among American states.

The state of 9 million people has reported 16,136 deaths attributed to the virus in that time — 14,349 lab-confirmed and 1,787 considered probable. The state’s death toll is third highest in the U.S., after New York and Texas, which recently surpassed New Jersey. California is closely behind New Jersey, with 11 fewer deaths. The Garden State has the nation’s highest COVID-19 death rate per 100,000 residents.

New Jersey’s daily numbers have decreased dramatically over the summer after peaking in April, when officials routinely announced hundreds of new deaths