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Donald Trump tests positive for COVID-19

Last Updated Oct 1, 2020 at 11:04 pm PST

Summary

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus

Earlier, Trump announced he was beginning a "quarantine process" after a top-aide tested positive.  

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted.

Trump announced late Thursday that he and first lady Melania Trump were beginning a “quarantine process” after Hicks came down with the virus, though it wasn’t clear what that entailed. It can take days for an infection to be detectable by a test.

The diagnosis marks a major blow for a president who has been trying desperately to convince the American public that the worst of the pandemic is behind them even as cases continue to rise with less than four months before Election Day. And it stands as the most serious known public health scare encountered by any sitting American president in recent history.

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Trump was last seen by reporters returning to the White House on Thursday evening and looked to be in good health. Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has now killed more than 200,000 people nationwide.

White House Dr. Sean Conley confirmed the news in a memorandum.

“This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain home at the White House during their convalescence,” Conley wrote.

The statement says Trump will continue carrying out his duties “without disruption.”