US President Donald Trump, wife test positive for COVID-19

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were in quarantine, after Hope Hicks, one of his closest advisers, tested positive for the disease, and after months of downplaying the severity of a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States.
In a Tweet, Trump said he and Melania would “get through this together”. The First Lady said they were both “feeling good” and quarantining at home.
He and Melania were awaiting the outcome of their own tests.
At 74 years old, Trump is seen as being at higher risk from the virus not only because of his age, but because he is considered overweight. He has remained in good health during his time in office although, aside from regular rounds of golf, he is not known to exercise regularly or to follow a healthy diet.
“Everybody has a different reaction to the virus, but in general the older age group is more risky,” Dr Jason Wang, Stanford University’s Director of Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention, told Al Jazeera. “It really depends on the person.”
Hicks travelled regularly with the president on Air Force One and, along with other senior aides, accompanied him to Cleveland for the first presidential debate with Democrat Joe Biden on Tuesday.
She was also with Trump at a campaign event in Minnesota on Wednesday and flew back to the White House with him on the Marine One helicopter after the rally. A source familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency that Hicks was suffering from symptoms of the coronavirus, which usually include a fever and a cough.
Al Jazeera’s White House correspondent Kimberly Halkett, speaking from the US, said the issue now was how many other people in the administration could have been exposed to the virus.
-AL JAZEERA