Donald Trump tests positive for coronavirus

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  • US president Donald Trump has tested positive for coronavirus.
  • He confirmed the test result on Twitter on Friday morning, following the news that his counsellor Hope Hicks, had the novel coronavirus.
  • Trump's wife, Melania, also tested positive. They are both in quarantine, Trump confirmed.
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US president Donald Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, he confirmed in a tweet on Friday. His wife, Melania, also has the coronavirus.

Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications, AP reported. He also meets the technical threshold for obesity, which some studies suggest is also a comorbidity

In a note released to the media, Trump's doctor, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, said that Trump and his wife "are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence".

"The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country's greatest medical professionals and institutions," Conley wrote.

"Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments." 

On Friday morning, Melania Trump tweeted that the couple "are feeling good".

Trump got tested for the disease after his close confidant and White House counsellor, Hope Hicks, tested positive earlier this week.

Trump confirmed on Thursday night that he started a "quarantine process" with his wife Melania as they wait for their own test results.

Hicks was the closest White House official to Trump to test positive for the virus so far, AP reported

Hicks travelled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from the first debate Tuesday between him and the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. 

Dr Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine at The George Washington University Medical Centre, told CNN that Biden, who shared a stage with Trump during the debate on Tuesday, will have to be tested. 

US vice president Mike Pence was in contact with Trump on Tuesday, but there has not been official confirmation that he has been tested as well.

Trump speculated in a Fox News interview on Thursday evening that that Hicks could have contracted the virus from a supporter, CNN reported.

"She's a very warm person. She has a hard time, when soldiers and law enforcement comes up to her, you know, she wants to treat them great, not say, 'Stay away, I can't get near you.' It's a very, very tough disease," he said in the Fox interview.

More than 200,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus - a fifth of the global total. Some 43,000 Americans tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours alone, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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