Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is the latest administration official to contract the disease

If you were sleeping, (as opposed to say, staring fixedly at screens), you might have missed the news a few hours ago that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the latest member of Donald Trump’s inner circle to get coronavirus.

It is not immediately clear how Meadows – who has often appeared at public events without a face mask – was infected.

The disease has now killed some 230,000 Americans. The US set a third straight daily record for new cases on Friday, with more than 127,000 infections.

The country’s coronavirus outbreak was a key policy battleground in the election run-up, and contributed to a surge in postal and early in-person voting.