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U.S. President Donald Trump has mild symptoms of Covid-19 after he and his wife Melania tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House says.

Mr Trump’s chief of staff said the president was “on duty” and “in good spirits,” adding that he expects a speedy recovery from him.

The news comes a little over a month before the presidential election, where he’ll face off against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Mr Biden himself and his wife Jill tested negative on Friday.

“I hope this serves as a reminder,” he tweeted after the result. “Wear a mask, keep your social distance, and wash your hands.”

Mr Biden’s staff said he would travel to Michigan as planned for several campaign events on Friday.

Other close members of Mr Trump’s family have tested negative.

Officials said the process of tracking all the president’s contacts over the past few days is still ongoing. Mr Trump is considering addressing the nation or otherwise communicating with the American people on Friday.

But he pulled out of a video conference with vulnerable seniors scheduled for Friday and let Vice President Mike Pence chair the meeting.

On Thursday, the first couple said they wanted to self-isolate after one of Mr Trump’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive. Soon after, they too received positive test results.

However, there was criticism of Mr Trump’s decision to go to a fundraiser Thursday that was attended by dozens of people in New Jersey, apparently when officials were already aware of Ms. Hicks’ symptoms.

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Ms. Hicks (R) is said to have symptoms

Ms. Hicks, 31, traveled with Mr. Trump on Air Force One for the President’s first televised debate with Mr. Biden in Ohio on Tuesday. Some of Mr. Trump’s family members who participated in the debate did not wear masks.

Mr Trump has for the most part disdained the wearing of masks and has often been portrayed as not socially distant from aides or others in official engagements.

The coronavirus has infected more than 7.2 million Americans and killed more than 200,000 of them.

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Media signatureThe president has “mild symptoms” but will “stay at work,” said White House chief of staff Mark Meadows

What do we know about Trump’s condition?

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Mr Trump had mild symptoms but he and Melania were “in good spirits”. He said he was optimistic that the president would recover quickly.

He is at work and will stay at work, Meadows added, saying that updates on his health are expected later on Friday.

Earlier, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter: “We’ll get through this together.”

Melania Trump tweeted that she was looking forward to a speedy recovery.

“Thank you for the love you send us. I have mild symptoms, but overall I feel fine,” she said.

Trump’s doctor, Dr. Sean Conley released a statement late Thursday saying the president and first lady were “both healthy during this time and they plan to stay home at the White House during their recovery”.

He weighed 110.7 kg, according to Mr Trump’s most recent physical exam earlier this year. This is considered obese for its size of 6ft 3ins.

But Dr. Conley stated at the time that the president “will stay healthy”. Mr Trump will also have the best medical care available.

According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person must self-isolate for 10 days after a positive test.

It is not clear how Mr Trump’s positive test will affect arrangements for the second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15 in Miami, Florida.

Mr Trump isn’t the first world leader to test positive. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro were infected earlier this year. Both have since recovered, although Mr. Johnson had to be treated with oxygen regularly to help him breathe better during his hospital stay.

The competition was fundamentally changed

The US presidential election was turned upside down.

That sentence could have been written about any number of moments in a turbulent year in American politics, but nothing like it has happened this year, this decade, this century.

Just 32 days before the presidential election, Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19. Because of his age of 74, he belongs to a risk category for complications due to the disease. At the very least, he’ll have to quarantine himself during treatment, which means the U.S. presidential contest – at least his side – has been fundamentally changed.

The initial implications are obvious. The president’s strict campaign schedule, which included visits to Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina last week, has been suspended indefinitely.

Trump will surely have replacements on the trail, but given that he has relied heavily on his family and senior administrative and campaign officials in the past, many of them may need to be quarantined for being infected with the virus This campaign operation is also suspended.

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Test results

So far, the vast majority of published test results have been negative. No one can be sure who first caught the virus among these US political figures and their relatives, or who passed it on to whom, or where they caught it.

Thursday

Hope Hicks, aide to the President – positive

Friday

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump – positive

Joe Biden, presidential candidate, and Mrs. Jill Biden – negative

Mike Pence, Vice President, and Ms. Karen Pence – negative

Vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris and husband Douglas Emhoff – negative

Supreme Court Candidate Amy Coney Barrett – negative

Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State – negative

Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary – negative

William Barr, Attorney General – negative

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and husband Jared Kushner – negative

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How did the US and the world react?

In a tweet, Vice President Pence and his wife Karen wished the presidential couple all the best:

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Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America in praying for their full and speedy recovery. God bless you, President Trump and our wonderful First Lady Melania.

– Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 2, 2020

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Mr. Biden and his wife wished the first couple a speedy recovery: “We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the President and his family,” he said.

Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. I hope they both make a speedy recovery from coronavirus.”

Other world leaders, including the Prime Ministers of India and Israel, also sent messages of support.

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