Donald Trump has visited a golf course for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck, a day after a top doctor warned during a White House briefing that players should observe social distancing rules.

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As coronavirus infections in the country reached 1.6m and the number of deaths passed 96,000, the president made his way to the Trump National Golf Club at Sterling, Virginia.

The pool of White House press reporters who follow him said he was seen wearing a white cap and white polo shirt. One longtime correspondent said it was the president’s “185th golf outing spanning all or part of 247 days”. An online counter of his total visits since taking office suggested it was around his 260th.

Reports said the outing on Saturday lunchtime was the president’s first golf trip since 8 March, when he visited his club in West Palm Beach, Florida. White House officials did not immediately reveal if Mr Trump actually played a game.

The Florida visit was also the same weekend he met at his Mar-a-Lago retreat with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, whose press secretary later tested positive for the virus.

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