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    On 16 March, Melania Trump announced the cancellation of the traditional Easter Egg Roll on the White House grounds over the spread of the coronavirus, with sarcastic netizens flocking online to mock the first lady for “stating the obvious”.

    Melania Trump will be making a debut appearance in public service announcements (PSAs) related to the coronavirus pandemic set to be broadcast nationally, according to a news release from the White House on Wednesday.

    There is no information yet as to when the First Lady will be debuting in this capacity to address "important ways Americans can protect themselves and those most at risk" amidst the spreading coronavirus respiratory disease.

    The White House stated that COVID-19-related PSAs featuring Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Dr Anthony Fauci, Dr Deborah Birx, and other "administration officials" will also be recorded and nationally broadcast.

    The announcement stirred up an online response among netizens, who typically brought up the first lady’s “Be Best” campaign in their sarcastic comments.

    ​Some netizens yet again brought up the White House Tennis Pavilion issue, dating back to early March, when the first lady tweeted pics of herself reviewing blueprints for the building, with some saying the photos were insensitive during the coronavirus scare.

    ​Other netizens took the opportunity to voice their appreciation for what the first lady was doing.

    ​While US President Donald Trump has faced criticism over the slow response to the spreading coronavirus and the challenges people have been facing amid fallout from the pandemic, his wife, Melania Trump, was also called out by some for her infrequent public comments on the global crisis.

    Earlier, Melania Trump announced that the annual Easter Egg Roll on the grounds of the White House would be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while on 17 March the first lady posted a tweet urging people to spend time with their families, as many Americans are facing a period of working from home.

    ​The tweets unleashed a barrage of criticism from netizens, who suggested that FLOTUS was confused as to what it means to "work" from home.

    Currently, there are over 9,400 registered cases of the coronavirus in the US, with a death toll at over 150.

    There has not been an official comment about specifics of any upcoming plans to publicly say more about the pandemic, said CNN.


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