White House cancels annual Easter egg roll out of COVID-19 concerns

The White House Easter Egg Roll, scheduled for April 13, will not take place this year out because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual event was officially canceled Monday morning in a statement by first lady Melania Trump“The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now,” she said. “I deeply regret this cancellation, but we need to make difficult decisions in the short-term to ensure a healthy country for the long-term.

“During this time, I encourage everyone to listen to state and local officials and follow (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone.”

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Last week, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced that they had tested positive for COVID-19 after contracting it in Australia, where Hanks was filming a movie. 

"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," the Oscar-winning actor shared on Instagram. "Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."

"Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?"

Idris Elba took to Twitter on Monday morning to announce that he, too, contracted the virus. The actor was at the same conference in Webley as Sophie Trudeau, who also tested positive. 

He shared with his fans:

"This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.

Sophie Gregorie Trudeau, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, was announced to have tested positive for the virus last week. 

Her symptoms developed after attending a conference in Britain in early March. The prime minister is not showing symptoms and will not be tested, but will remain under quarantine.

Kristofer Hivju, best known for his role as Tormund on "Game of Thrones," took to Instagram on Monday to reveal he was self quarantining with his family in Norway.  

"We are in good health,” he wrote. “I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading.

Olga Kurylenko, who starred in the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace,” announced this weekend that she has contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. 

“I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now,” she wrote on Instagram. “Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”

Donavan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, both players on the Utah Jazz basketball team, have tested positive for the virus. Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive, which prompted the suspension of the rest of the basketball season. 
Callum Hudson-Odoi, a forward for the Chelsea football team, tested positive for the virus, in addition to Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta. Following the announcement, all professional soccer games in England have been postponed. 
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The White House Easter Egg Roll has been a tradition since 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was in office. The White House website says it was canceled between 1917-20 because of World War 1 and again in 1943-45 because of World War II.

In addition, no Egg Rolls were held between 1946-52 because of food conservation concerns and White House construction, according to the website.

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US President Donald Trump (R) and US first lady Melania Trump talk during the White House Easter Egg Roll o the South Lawn of the White House April 22, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump walks with First Lady Melania Trump during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on April 22, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump blow whistles for the start, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 22, 2019, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Easter Bunny watches as President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Washington DC - April 22 : President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump At the annual White House Easter egg Roll, thousands of families enjoy the activities on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC. President Donald J Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump join the festivities. April 22, 2019. Credit: Patsy Lynch/MediaPunch /IPX
Washington DC - April 22 : President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump At the annual White House Easter egg Roll, thousands of families enjoy the activities on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC. President Donald J Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump join the festivities. April 22, 2019. Credit: Patsy Lynch/MediaPunch /IPX
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22 : President Donald J. Trump, with First Lady Melania Trump by his side, speaks the White House Easter Egg Roll held on the South Lawn at the White House on Monday, April 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and First Lady Melania Trump participate in the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, April 22, 2019. Trump used the opportunity of the event to address some of his youngest supporters about one of his signature policy initiatives: building a wall on the southern U.S. border. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US first lady Melania Trump (L) and a person dressed as a bunny (R) listen while US President Donald Trump speaks during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump blows a whistle to start a race during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll as US President Donald Trump watches on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on April 22, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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