Donald Trump and his wife Melania have tested positive for coronavirus, a stunning development just over a month away from Election Day.
In a tweet, the president said: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Mr Trump, 74, earlier said he and the first lady, 50, were self-isolating after Hope Hicks, one of his top aides, tested positive.
Ms Hicks, 31, who serves as a counsellor to the president, reportedly tested positive for the disease on Thursday, the day after she travelled with the president to a rally.
She has travelled with the president a number of times during the past week, including on presidential helicopter Marine One, and on Air Force One to Tuesday night’s first presidential debate.
The positive tests come as the virus continues to spread at an alarming rate in the US, even as Mr Trump has tried to downplay the threat of the disease.
more recommended stories
Zimbabwean Deportees jump from building in a bid to stop removal
hours before the chartered flight to.
Zimbabweans with Criminals Convictions Targeted in UK deportation move.
Foreign criminals who abuse our hospitality.
South Africa’s Zulu King Says Violence Brings ‘Great Shame’
South Africa's Zulu king calls for.
Sad scenes of looting and carnage continue in South Africa; over 70 dead
Almost anything and everything that can.
South Africa unrest; death toll rises, more arrested
Over the past few days and.
Pro-Zuma Protests rock South Africa; Leaders Call for Calm
Anarchy has been unleashed. I urge.