US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have been tested positive for COVID-19. The couple is going into quarantine, upending the race for the White House.
“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the president said in a late-night tweet.
Trump, 74, is at high risk for the deadly virus both because of his age. He is also considered overweight. Trump has remained in good health during his time in office. However, he is not known to exercise regularly or to follow a healthy diet.
The results came after news that Hope Hicks, a top adviser had tested positive for the new coronavirus earlier.
We will get through this TOGETHER: Trump
Trump has held rallies with thousands of people in recent weeks in the run-up to the November 3 election. Meanwhile, there were warnings from public health professionals against having events with large crowds.
He is tested regularly for the virus that causes COVID-19.
The US president largely eschews wearing masks and has criticized others who do. Public health professionals say mask-wearing is key to helping to prevent the virus from spreading. And, now President Trump and wife Melania has been tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump’s positive test caps a months-long response to the virus, the seriousness of which he has consistently underplayed. Earlier on Thursday night the president predicted that the end of the pandemic was in sight.
The development alters the presidential race dramatically.
The White House issued a new schedule for Trump’s activities on Friday. The schedule did not include his planned trip to Florida. Trump has held regular rallies around the country to drum up enthusiasm for his candidacy. He is fighting against Democratic rival Joe Biden, who is ahead in national opinion polls.
Meanwhile, PM Imran Khan has also sent good wishes for Trump and Melania.
Twitter trolls Trump who earlier called COVID-19 a hoax
Meanwhile, after Trump tests positive for COVID-19, US deaths rise, a meme game has started on social media. Trump remained unable to grasp the severity of the problem and made false claims about the global pandemic.
Trump has come under sharp criticism for his response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States alone.
The US president has touted his management of the crisis. We wish the Nobel Peace Prize nominee and his wife speedy recovery!
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