Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said Monday that he has developed “mild” symptoms of covid-19 more than a week after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, but he is continuing to conduct business remotely.

“I had a little bit of cold-like symptoms over the weekend and lost my sense of taste or smell, but other than that I feel fine,” Northam (D) said Monday afternoon in a telephone interview.

But Northam, who is a physician, said he was alarmed that President Trump was playing down the severity of the disease while apparently suffering a more serious bout.

“Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump tweeted Monday in announcing that he would soon be leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was hospitalized Friday after reportedly suffering low oxygen levels and had received an aggressive series of treatments.

“That’s absolutely the wrong message,” Northam said, pointing out that more than 200,000 Americans have lost their lives to covid-19 and more than 7 million have been infected. “It’s irresponsible to make a statement like that.”

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