Donald Trump and Melania test positive for Covid-19 after top aide’s diagnosis

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It's been confirmed that President Trump and First Lady Melania have contracted the coronavirus.

The news comes just hours after his top aide Hope Hicks also tested positive, days after flying with the President, 74, onboard Air Force One.

Confirming his test results, the President tweeted: "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"

A letter published by the White House from Trump's doctor confirmed the diagnosis.

It read: "This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus."

  • Donald Trump's close aide 'tests positive for Covid-19' after travelling with President

It concluded: "Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering."

Trump has gone into instant quarantine but it is not sure how long he and wife Melania will isolate for, but US guidance says those infected should isolate for 14 days.

Officials at the White House have now cleared the President's upcoming schedule.

The President and First Lady, Melania Trump went into quarantine hours before announcing their test results.

Trump had flown with Hicks to Cleveland earlier in the week as part of his presidential rally, he later flew with her on board the presidential helicopter just one day before she tested positive.

It had been reported that Hicks who was in constant close proximity to the President and the First Lady was seen without wearing a face mask around Trump as they boarded Marine One.

Hicks began experiencing symptoms while travelling back from Minnesota on Wednesday, reports suggest.

Addressing Hicks' earlier diagnosis, President Trump tweeted: "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!"

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