Donald Trump and his wife Melania have tested positive for COVID-19.
The president announced via Twitter that his test result came back positive, shortly after it was confirmed that one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had contracted the virus.
Hicks had accompanied Trump to the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday, and had travelled with the president aboard Air Force One to Minnesota for a campaign rally on Wednesday night.
The president and first lady began the “quarantine process” and were tested for COVID-19 after learning that Hicks’ test result came back positive.
Hicks is the closest person to the president known to have contracted the coronavirus.
Trump’s positive test result will have implications for the presidential election campaign, with the president presumably set to quarantine for 14 days.
The second debate with Joe Biden is currently scheduled within that time on 15 October.
At age 74, Trump is at a greater risk of serious complications from the coronavirus.
The president has repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the virus, which has killed more than 200,000 people in the US.
— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) October 2, 2020