The President of the United States of America Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have COVID-19 as they test positive for the virus.
The President announced very early on Friday morning.
“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 shortly before 1 am (6 am in Nigeria) Friday.
In an earlier tweet, he tweets: “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!”
His message made it clear he was ready to go into isolation even before he received the test result.
Hicks, who has been known to spend a lot of time with Trump, had travelled with the president to the debate Tuesday night in Cleveland. She was seen not wearing a mask.
However, it is unclear what President Trump’s “quarantine process” will look like.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines state that a 14-day quarantine should take place after the last known exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 but Mr Trump can sometimes follow his own rules.
Trump’s schedules for Friday include meetings, a roundtable with supporters, and an evening campaign rally in Florida.
However, the White House is yet to comment on whether Trump’s quarantine would result in events being cancelled or will be done virtually.