Trump Campaign Manager Stepien Tests Positive for Covid-19

Finance Ministry to work on Budget from October 16

These meetings will continue till the first week of November.

The Finance Ministry will kick-start the exercise to prepare the annual Budget for 2021-22 from October 16, according to a notification.

“The pre-Budget/RE (Revised Estimate) meetings will begin on October 16, 2020,” according to the Budget Circular (2021-22) of the Budget Division of the Department of Economic Affairs.

These meetings will continue till the first week of November.

Ceilings for all categories of expenditure, including the central sector and centrally sponsored schemes will be discussed, according to the circular.

Australia to Expand First-Home Buyer Assistance to Lift Economy

Australia will provide 10,000 extra places in a program to help first-home buyers and encourage construction as the economy recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will be expanded from Oct. 6 to support the purchase of a new or newly built home, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a statement. About 20,000 people have already used the program, which allows them to purchase their first property with a deposit of as little as 5%, he said.

“The government recognizes that saving a deposit has become a more significant barrier to entering the housing market than the ability to service a home loan,” Frydenberg said. “The additional guarantees will be available until June 30, 2021, and will drive more construction and support jobs as part of our economic recovery plan.”

Frydenberg is set to ditch fiscal restraints and unveil a massive surge in government spending to restart the economy when he presents his budget on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The plan is set to see the budget deficit widen to A$220 billion ($158 billion), or 11.6% of gross domestic product, this fiscal year, according to the median estimate from a Bloomberg survey of economists. That’s A$35.5 billion higher than the Treasury’s July forecast.

Former Trump counsellor Kellyanne Conway tests positive for Covid-19

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) Former White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway said in a tweet on Friday (Oct 2) that she tested positive for Covid-19.

“Tonight I tested positive for Covid-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians,” Conway tweeted.

According to reports, Conway was present at the White House last Saturday to attend the Rose Garden ceremony at which US President Donald Trump announced federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court nominee.

Kellyanne Conway Says She Tested Positive for Covid-19

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Former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, she said in a tweet.

Conway says she is in quarantine in consultation with her doctors. “As always my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic,” she said in the tweet.

Earlier, Conway’s daughterposted a video to TikTok wearing a mask with the words “update my mum has covid” superimposed over the top. “I’ll see you all in two weeks,” Claudia Conway captioned the video.

President Trump said he had tested positive for the coronavirus early Friday morning.

Kellyanne Conway Tests Positive For COVID-19

Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced late Friday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Conway is the latest in a cascade of people linked to the White House who have contracted COVID-19.

“My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine,” she tweeted. “I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians.”

She added: “As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic.”

Conway is at least the seventh person to test positive who attended a White House event last Saturday announcing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. Barrett had had COVID-19 earlier this year.

Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump; Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who are both on the Senate Judiciary Committee; and the president of the University of Notre Dame attended the event and have since tested positive for the virus.

A journalist covering the event has also tested positive, according to the White House Correspondents’ Association. The journalist has not been named.

Few of the dozens of people who attended the Rose Garden celebration wore masks, and many shook hands.

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, deemed it “inevitable” that more people will test positive for COVID-19 because of their links to the Barrett event.

Conway left the White House at the end of August, saying she needed time to focus on her family.

Trump Campaign Manager Stepien Tests Positive for Covid-19

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Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, becoming the latest associate of the president to become infected with the disease, spokesman Tim Murtaugh said late Friday.

Stepien was promoted to run the struggling campaign this summer to help revive Trump’s re-election bid. The development, which was reported earlier by Politico, came hours after Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment for Covid-19.

Stepien, 42, is experiencing mild symptoms and is expected to continue managing the campaign from home.

Earlier Friday, Stepien announced that the Trump campaign was switching all in-person events to virtual events “temporarily” in the wake of the president’s diagnosis.

He was named campaign manager in July, replacing Brad Parscale after a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, drew sparse crowds despite Parscale’s public assurance that hundreds of thousands of people had requested tickets.

Earlier this week, Parscale stepped aside from his new role in the campaign days after he was detained at his Florida home and taken to a hospital after his wife told police that he threatened to harm himself.