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Donald Trump and His Wife, Melenia, Tested Positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump, who spent months playing down the possibility of a coronavirus pandemic, said on Friday that he and his wife, Melania, tested positive for COVID-19 and going into quarantine before the White House race was over.
Trump, 74, is at high risk both because of his age and because he is considered overweight.
“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the president said in a tweet early on Friday morning.
During his time in office, he has remained in good health but is not considered to exercise regularly or to adopt a balanced diet.
The severity of the coronavirus epidemic in its early stages was understated by Trump and he repeatedly assumed it would go down.
He said on Thursday evening that the end of the pandemic was in sight. He seldom wears a mask and criticizes people who do, including presidential Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
In the United States alone, more than 200,000 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The elderly and those with pre-existing circumstances have been particularly hit hard.
Trump, a Republican, urged U.S. states to re-open shuttered economies as the number of cases continued to increase and toppled Democratic governors for putting in place tough steps to contain the virus.
His health scare, which shook financial markets, significantly changed the 2020 presidential race.
With just weeks before the Nov. 3 election, after organizing a slew of rallies with thousands of participants at indoor and outdoor venues, against the advice of public health experts, Trump will now be sidelined from doing in-person activities.
In national polls, Biden leads Trump. The positive test by Trump also suggests that others have been revealed at the highest levels of the U.S. government and will also have to be quarantined.
Early on Friday, a White House official said that contact tracing was being carried out.
Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, said that as he recovers, he wants the president to fulfill his duties “without interruption.”
“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” Conley wrote in a memo that was distributed to the press.
Leaders around the world wished a speedy recovery for Trump. Biden harshly criticized Trump; the president praised himself and his staff.
On Thursday night, shortly after Trump predicted the end of the pandemic was insight, news emerged that the virus had been tested positive by Hope Hicks, a top strategist and trusted advisor. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Hicks flew on Air Force One with the president.

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