Rudy Giuliani Tests Positive for Covid-19, According to Trump

President Trump said over Twitter that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus.
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Rudy W. Giuliani, an attorney on the personal legal team of President Donald Trump, has been diagnosed with Covid-19, according to the president.

Trump posted a note on Twitter on Sunday, making the announcement of the positive diagnosis, but it was unclear late Sunday afternoon why he was the one making the announcement.

An electronic message to Giuliani's website, rudygiulianics.com, seeking to confirm the diagnosis was not immediately returned to TheStreet on Sunday. But Giuliani re-posted Trump's Tweet later and posted a thank-you note to a follower for his get-well wishes later in the evening. 

It was unclear Sunday when his diagnosis was made and whether Giuliani, age 76, is having symptoms.

Some were questioning whether Giuliani could have potentially exposed others in the days before his diagnosis, after being videotaped without a mask close to supporters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19 in early October, but recovered swiftly, after receiving experimental treatments from a team of top doctors. Dozens of people close to the president were also diagnosed right before and after his infection was made public, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recovered after spending about a week in the hospital.

Giuliani was the 107th Mayor of New York City during the mid-1990s through 2001, and has long been an iconic symbol in New York politics, but has since been criticized for his claims around the 2020 election of President-elect Joe Biden.

His diagnosis comes at a time when the U.S. is seeing a massive surge in coronavirus infections.

Total deaths from the disease have surpassed 280,000 as of Sunday, and the total known infections were over 14.6 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The daily tally of new cases has also been surpassing 200,000 recently, with Saturday alone seeing nearly 214,000 new diagnoses and 2,254 new deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.