Trump to host New Year’s Eve party amid COVID-19 pandemic

Trump to host New Year’s Eve party amid COVID-19 pandemic

- President Trump is throwing a controversial party at his golf resort on New Year's Eve

- The party which is only open to Mar-a-Lago members has seen about 500 people reserve entry tickets which cost $1,000 each

- The party is coming at a time when the US is heavily hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 19.6m Americans already infected and over 300,000 dead

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump of the United States is hosting a party on New Year’s Eve at his Florida golf resort, Mar-a-Lago.

According to The Independent, guests who wish to attend the party must be members of Mar-a-Lago, a resort and national historic landmark in Palm Beach, Florida, and will pay $1,000 (N379,000) each for entry tickets.

The news media notes that though the Palm Beach County, where the party will take place, has a mask mandate in place, other events recently held at Mar-a-Lago, have been attended by guests who refused to wear masks.

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New Year's Eve: Trump to host party amid COVID-19 pandemic
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This raises a suspicion that President Trump's party too may not witness strict enforcement of the use of masks. gathers that Trump has a tradition of throwing New Year’s Eve parties before becoming the US president.

However, this year's party comes at a time the US is struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the data from the Johns Hopkins University, 19,744,737 people have contracted COVID-19 in the US while 342,395 people have died of complications from the virus.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has advised Americans to celebrate the holidays in their homes to avoid mass gatherings and to prevent further spread of the virus.

However, The Independent cited CNN as confirming that about 500 people have already reserved tickets for the president's party.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that President Trump emerged the most admired man of the year, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, December 29.

The American president beat Barack Obama in the yearly survey which asked Americans to choose any living man around the world they admire most.

Out of 1,018 respondents, 18% of them chose President Trump. Obama who has topped the list for the past 12 years, was chosen by 15% of those that participated.

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