Kathy Griffin has slammed president Donald Trump's lack of coronavirus testing in the United States as she confirmed she's been hospitalised with COVID-19.
The American comedian and TV star accused the US president of "lying" after she was sent to hospital with agonising symptoms.
Sharing a picture of herself wearing a white mask in a hospital bed, Kathy Instagrammed: "He's lying. I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms.
"The hospital couldn't test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions. #TESTTESTTEST," she added.
Kathy also shared a tweet by Trump reading: "Just reported that the United States has done far more 'testing' than any other nation, by far! In fact, over an eight day span, the United States now does more testing than what South Korea (which has been a very successful tester) does over an eight week span. Great job!"
Kathy had been self-isolating at home with her husband and documented their respective temperatures with fans.
"OK folks I wasn’t kidding," she wrote on March 15.
"Day one of self imposed, choosing to be proactive in a self imposed #stayathome#coronavirusquarantine. Based on information coming out primarily from The horror that is happening with #Covid19 from China to Europe, the consensus seems to be that, lives can be saved when folks are in a position to be able to literally stay in a room or their residence without letting anyone out or anyone in at all.
Kathy had been self-isolating at home before developing symptoms
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"True #SocialDistancing can’t work if there are curfews or folks are still mingling around, so the warnings loud and clear of those countries screaming at us that asymptomatic people, which is what Randy and I are right now and hope to continue to be, can be the most effective at not spreading it to other people because more people are getting it from folks who are convinced they couldn’t possibly have it and show no symptoms until it is too late."
She went on: "This may seem extreme to some of you. And I am not going on Information I'm gathering from Facebook and other social media, we are not leaving the house and my employees are not entering the house nor is anyone else for at least the next two weeks. In fact one of my full-time employees gets an entire floor of my house, as he is willing to be proactive in this way full-time night and day as well. In fact when we interact with him, we stand about 20 feet apart from each other.
Kathy urged her fans to stay at home and avoid all in-person social interactions
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"Trying to keep a sense of humor about that whole scene. Wish I could live stream the whole house like a very bizarre Truman show, but wanted to let you guys know we are looking at the advice from the most serious epidemiologists and governments that are learning the hard way, that by staying in your room or your residence, you could actually be saving lives.
"And yes they are getting full-time pay and my other employee who is hunkering down in his in apartment with his boyfriend are also getting full-time pay and all that. #staythef**khome."