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The president and first lady are currently in quarantine after Trump’s aid Hope Hicks also tested positive.

  • US President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he and his wife Melania had been infected with coronavirus and had gone into quarantine.
  • Trump’s tweet on Friday came after Hope Hicks, one of his closest advisors, tested positive for the disease and after months of downplaying the severity of a pandemic that killed more than 200,000 people in the United States.
  • The news Reverberation in the world media and financial markets, raising questions about how the November presidential election will play out in a month’s time.

Here are the latest updates:

06:51 GMT – At higher risk

Questions arise about the health effects of COVID-19 on 74-year-old Trump and the 77-year-old candidate for Democratic President Joe Biden.

Both are among those at higher risk of developing serious illness from the virus because of their age.

Trump is 74 pic.twitter.com/fmGE9CoRhv

– Helen Sullivan (@helenrsullivan) October 2, 2020

06:30 GMT – Great Britain wishes Trump a speedy recovery

The British government wishes Trump a speedy recovery, but the United States has a clear follow-up protocol should it be needed, a British minister said.

“We all want to send our best wishes to President Trump, the First Lady and the Trump family, and wish them a speedy recovery,” Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky.

“We know what it’s like to have a prime minister who tests positive for COVID and puts politics aside. We all want him and his wife to be better soon,” he said, referring to Boris Johnson, who after that was seriously ill catching COVID-19 in March.

06:15 GMT – Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi “should be isolated”

Speaking to CNN, professor of medicine and surgery Jonathan Reiner, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said should be in isolation as it is possible that both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence could get sick. In that case, she would probably have to intervene.

Dr. Jonathan Reiner says on CNN that Nancy Pelosi should be in isolation now because having been exposed to Covid, it is possible that both Trump and Pence could get sick pic.twitter.com/pkcdT33vYN

– Aaron Rupar (atrupar), October 2, 2020

05:30 GMT – Trump says he tests positive for COVID-19

Trump announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

Tonight @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will start the quarantine and recovery process immediately. We’ll get through this TOGETHER!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020

The news came a few hours after the president and first lady went into quarantine when they found out that Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides, had tested positive.

Hope Hicks, who worked so hard without taking a little break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Dreadful! The first lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we are starting our quarantine process!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020

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