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7.16pm BST

A public relations official at the National Institutes of Health has been anonymously attacking Dr Anthony Fauci on a conservative website, according to a new report.

The Daily Beast reports:

The managing editor of the prominent conservative website RedState has spent months trashing U.S. officials tasked with combating COVID-19, dubbing White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci a ‘mask nazi,’ and intimating that government officials responsible for the pandemic response should be executed.

But that writer, who goes by the pseudonym ‘streiff,’ isn’t just another political blogger. The Daily Beast has discovered that he actually works in the public affairs shop of the very agency that Fauci leads.

6.51pm BST

Three days after posting information online about the possible airborne transmission of coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed the guidance from its website.

The CDC posted the information on Friday, warning that the virus can spread over a distance beyond six feet, particularly in poorly ventilated areas.

Related: Trump ally who sought to change CDC Covid reports claims he was fighting ‘deep state’

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