Donald and Melania Trump have been diagnosed with Covid-19 after reportedly contracting the virus from close aide, Hope Hicks.
The couple are now in quarantine, although the US President will continue his duties while self-isolating. Trump announced the news on Twitter, telling his followers: "We will get through this together!"
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Prior to the news on Thursday, 1 October, Trump said he and his wife were going into quarantine after Hicks contracted the virus. The president travelled with his aide on Tuesday via Air Force One to the first presidential TV debate with Joe Biden in Ohio.
"Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible!," he tweeted.
"The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!"
As a 74-year-old, Trump falls into a high-risk group. It is not known whether he or Melania, 50, have developed symptoms.
Only a week ago, Trump told Americans not to worry about Covid-19 as "it affects virtually nobody" except the elderly and those with existing health conditions.
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