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Donald Trump, wife Melania test Covid positive, Modi wishes speedy recovery

Trump announced about putting himself in quarantine in a tweet late Thursday night after his close aide Hope Hicks was tested positive with Covid-19

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U.S. President Donald Trump applauds first lady Melania Trump during an event on reopening schools amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. on

US President and First Lady tested positive for on Thursday. "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for Covid-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" Trump tweeted. Trump announced about putting himself in quarantine in a tweet late Thursday night after his close aide Hope Hicks was tested positive with Covid-19.

Also in a tweet shortly, the First Lady said: "As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for Covid-19. We are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements.

"Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together."

The news was also confirmed by presidential physician Sean Conley in a memo released by the White House.

"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.

"The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country's greatest medical professionals and institutions. ALSO READ: Coronavirus LIVE update: Donald Trump, Melania test positive for Covid-19

"Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments," Conley added.

The development is likely to bring to a standstill his hectic election campaign. After announcing the President's diagnosis, the White House also issued a new schedule saying that several events have been cancelled, including a fundraiser in Washington and a campaign rally in Florida.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport President speaks during a campaign rally at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
"Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for COVID-19. Terrible! The first lady and I are waiting for our test results.

In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!" Trump said in his tweet earlier. Hicks, 31, is the closest aide of the president to have tested positive with She had travelled with the president on Air Force One early this week. In the middle of the election campaign, Trump has been travelling a lot in particular in the battleground States. "I just went out with a test and the first lady just went out with a test also. So, whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don't know," he said.

In a statement, Judd Deere, the Deputy White House Press Secretary said that the President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously. White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidelines and best practices for limiting Covid-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is travelling," Deere said. The US President has faced extreme criticism for his views on the Covid situation in the US while denying to wear face masks. He has been regularly holding large gatherings as part of his campaign outreach. The US is the worst-hit country by the pandemic with a caseload of 7,494,284 and a death toll of over 200,000. Modi wishes Trump, Melania quick recovery

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished US President and his wife a quick recovery after both tested positive for the Modi tweeted, "Wishing my friend @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a quick recovery and good health.

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First Published: Fri, October 02 2020. 10:45 IST