President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.
By Sharonya Kundu
"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 Trump tweeted.
President Donald Trump announced early Friday that he and his wife both tested positive for the coronavirus, an exceptional development coming months into a global pandemic and in the final stretch of his reelection campaign in which he has flouted experts' guidance on preventing the disease's spread. The diagnosis amounts to the most serious known health threat to a sitting American president in decades. At 74 years old and obese, Trump falls into the highest risk category for serious complications from the disease, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans and more than 1 million people worldwide.
The president's physician Sean Conley said, Donald Trump and Melania "are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence". "Rest assured, I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering," Dr. Conley said in a statement.
Trump is not the first major world leader known to have contracted the virus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had spent a week in the hospital, including in intensive care. Additionally, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had worked from home after his wife fell ill. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had self-isolated herself after testing positive for COVID-19.