Friday, 02 October 2020 10:34

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US President Donald Trump announced early on Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Covid-19, shortly after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had fallen ill with the coronavirus.

"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"Trump said on Twitter.

In a memo released early on Friday morning, Trump’s physician said that the president and first lady plan to remain at the White House "during their convalescence" and that the medical unit would "maintain a vigilant watch".

"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,"White House physician Sean Conley said.

After acknowledging in a Fox News interview on Thursday night that Hicks had tested positive, he tweeted that he and the first lady would "begin our quarantine process" as they awaited test results.

The 74-year-old president’s positive result is likely to sharpen already intense public attention on his ineffectual handling of the pandemic as he campaigns for re-election against Democrat Joe Biden, who leads in national polls.