Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet posted early on Friday morning, the US President revealed they are both currently in quarantine and will begin their "recovery process immediately". Melania added the pair "are feeling good" and have postponed all upcoming engagements.
"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19," 74-year-old Trump, who is at higher risk of complications from the virus due to his age, wrote on Twitter. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. 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
The pair's diagnosis comes after one of Trump's closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive for Covid-19. Hicks had accompanied Trump to the first presidential debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden in Ohio on Tuesday. After learning of her positive diagnosis, Trump announced he would be going into quarantine while awaiting his test results.
Trump's physician Sean Conley has since released a statement addressing their diagnosis, saying the pair are well and the President plans to continue "carrying out his duties without disruption".
The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence. The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions. Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.
Trump isn't the first world leader to be struck down with the disease after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive in March and and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced his illness ill July.
We wish Trump and Melania a speedy recovery.
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