Saturday, 03 October 2020 14:57

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President Donald Trump was hospitalised on Friday and given an experimental COVID-19 treatment, but said he was "well," following bombshell news that the Republican had contracted the virus, knocking him off the campaign trail a month from the US election.

After having not been seen in public since his shock announcement that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, the president walked out of the White House Friday evening, wearing a mask, and flew by helicopter to the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington.

White House physician Dr Sean P. Conley said that the president "was doing very well", did not need supplemental oxygen, and had received a first dose of Remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral drug. 

It comes as a source told CNN that Mr Trump had a fever and was "struggling to breathe".

In an 18-second video recorded inside the White House and released on Twitter, Trump broke his silence, saying he was being hospitalised but "I think I'm doing very well."

"We're going to make sure that things work out," he said, adding that the first lady was also "doing very well."

The hospitalisation indicated an intense effort to make sure the president's reportedly "mild" symptoms do not deteriorate.

The development also highlighted the uncharted waters for the US election on 3 November, with Trump - who is well behind his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the polls - having to freeze much of his campaign

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