Trump and Melania test positive for COVID-19: Live news

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The President and the First lady are currently under quarantine after Trump’s aid Hope Hicks tested positive as well.

US President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he and his wife Melania had contracted coronavirus and were entering quarantine. Trump’s tweet on Friday came after Hope Hicks, one of his closest advisers, tested positive for the disease, and after months of downplaying the severity of a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States. The news reverberated through world media and financial markets, raising questions over what will be the impact on the November presidential election, just a month ahead.

Here are the latest updates:

06:51 GMT – At greater risk

Questions loom over the health impact of COVID-19 on Trump who is 74 years old, and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden who is 77 years old.

Due to their age, both are in the category of people at greater risk of severe illness from the virus.

Trump is 74 pic.twitter.com/fmGE9CoRhv

— Helen Sullivan (@helenrsullivan) October 2, 2020

06:30 GMT – The UK wishes Trump speedy recovery

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

“All of us 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, in our case a prime minister who tested positive for COVID and setting aside politics we all want to see him and his wife get better soon,” he said, referring to Boris Johnson who fell gravely ill after catching COVID-19 in March.

06:15 GMT – Speaker Nancy Pelosi ‘should be in isolation’

Speaking to CNN, professor of Medicine and Surgery Jonathan Reiner, said that House speaker Nancy Pelosi should be in isolation as it is possible that both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence could become ill, in which case she would likely need to step in.

Dr. Jonathan Reiner says on CNN that Nancy Pelosi should be in isolation right now, because given that they've been exposed to Covid, it's possible both Trump and Pence could become sick pic.twitter.com/pkcdT33vYN

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 2, 2020

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

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

Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!

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

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

Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!

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

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