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

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

    US President Donald Trump has said in a tweet that he and his wife Melania have contracted the coronavirus and are entering quarantine. Trump’s tweet on Friday came after Hope Hicks, one of his closest advisers, tested positive for the disease, 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 effects on next month’s presidential election.

Here are the latest updates:

07:49 GMT – EU’s Michel wishes ‘speedy recovery’

European Council President Charles Michel wished Donald and Melania Trump speedy recovery after the U.S. president and his wife tested positive for COVID.

07:27 GMT – A ‘price for his gamble’: China’s newspaper

The Editor in Chief of China’s Global Times, Hu Xijin, said on Twitter that Trump and Melania paid the price “for his gamble to play down” the pandemic, adding that it will negatively affect his re-election.

07:20 GMT – Vice President Pence send ‘love and prayers’

Vice President Mike Pence said on Twitter that he and his wife send “love and prayers” to the presidential couple.

07:07 GMT – Trump’s rally in Florida cancelled

The US health protection agency, CDC, recommends a 14-day quarantine for people who test positive to COVID-19. Within this timeframe, Trump was due to speak at rallies in Florida, Wisconsin and Arizona. All three are swing states.

The White House already issued a new schedule for Trump’s activities that did not include his planned trip to Florida. His only scheduled event is a “phone call on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors”.

06:51 GMT – At greater risk

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

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

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 News.

“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, George Washington School of Medicine professor Jonathan Reiner said 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.

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.

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