The White House on Friday announced that the US President Donald Trump has been moved to a military hospital for treatment after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
US President Donald Trump has been moved to a military hospital after he tested positive for coronavirus. The White House on Friday (local time) announced that the President Donald Trump has been moved to a military hospital for treatment after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that the US President was moved to a special suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for the upcoming days.
In a tweet on Thursday, Donald Trump announced that both him and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19. Their diagnosis came after a close aide of the Trumps tested positive for Covid-19 earlier.
In a statement, McEnany said, “Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.”
Donald Trump is exhibiting mild symptoms of coronavirus, according to media reports. In a memo, White House doctor Sean P. Conley said that he is “fatigued but in good spirits”.
The development comes as the latest recent setback for the Republican president, who is contesting against Democratic nominee Joe Biden in opinion polls ahead of the presidential election which is scheduled to take place on November 3.
Trump earlier on Friday wrote on Twitter that he and his wife Melania were going into quarantine as both of them have tested positive for the contagious virus, which has left more than 200,000 Americans dead and badly damaged the US economy.
Trump, 74, is at high risk because of his age and weight.
Meanwhile, as Trump’s Covid-19 positive report hogged headlines, stocks on Wall Street closed lower as ahead of various uncertainties surrounding the 2020 US presidential election.
The president’s illness upended his re-election campaign with just 31 days to go until Election Day. The campaign said it would postpone rallies and other events where he was scheduled to appear, or take them online.