US President Donald Trump has said he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus and are now self-isolating.
Mr Trump, aged 74 and therefore in a high-risk group, wrote on Twitter: “We will get through this together.”
It comes after Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides, tested positive.
Mr Trump’s announcement comes just over a month before the presidential elections on 3 November where he faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Ms Hicks, 31, travelled with Mr Trump on Air Force One to the first presidential TV debate with Mr Biden in Ohio on Tuesday. Some of Mr Trump’s family members who attended the debate were seen not wearing masks.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
A person is required to self-isolate after either showing coronavirus symptoms or a positive test. Meanwhile, quarantine restricts the movements of those who have been in contact with an infected person, but are not themselves positive or symptomatic.
Mr Trump has mostly spurned mask-wearing and has often been pictured not socially distanced with aides or others during official engagements.
The coronavirus has infected more than 7.2 million Americans, killing more than 200,000 of them.
Reacting to the news, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.”
Other world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, also sent messages of support to the US presidential couple.
It is dangerous to speculate about how the virus will affect any individual person.
There are clear risk factors – the older you are the greater the risk of a coronavirus infection becoming life-threatening.
People aged 64-74 with covid in the US are five times more likely to need hospital care and 90 times more likely to die than somebody in their 20s.
The US Centers for Disease Control says eight out of 10 covid deaths in the country have been in the over 65s.
The virus also seems to hit men and people who are overweight harder.
Trump condemns all white supremacists after Proud Boys row
US President Donald Trump has condemned all white supremacist groups following controversy over remarks he made during the first presidential debate.
In an interview with Fox News on Thursday he explicitly condemned the Proud Boys group which in the debate he had urged to “stand back and stand by”.
Members of the far-right group had regarded his comment as an endorsement. Mr Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden had accused the president of refusing to disavow white supremacists.
Senior Republicans also expressed unease over the remarks, and attempts by Mr Trump to walk back the comments at a news conference on Wednesday failed to end the controversy.
In an interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday evening President Trump said: “I’ve said it many times, let me be clear again, I condemn the KKK [Ku Klux Klan]. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys.
During Tuesday’s debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked whether the president would condemn white supremacists and tell them to stand down during protests.
When Mr Trump asked who it was he was being told to condemn, Mr Biden twice said “Proud Boys”, referring to the far-right, anti-immigrant, all-group with a history of violence against left-wing opponents.
After his refusal to explicitly condemn far-right groups drew criticism, Mr Trump sought to qualify his remarks during an exchange with reporters on the White House had lawn on Wednesday.
He said he did not know who the Proud boys were.
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