Posted October 2, 2020 9:28 am by

Trump tests positive for coronavirus, upending campaign schedule

US President Donald Trump said Friday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would quarantine inside the White House during his recovery © AFP/File / JIM WATSON

Washington, United States, Oct 2 – US President Donald Trump said Friday he had tested positive for Covid-19 and would quarantine inside the White House during his recovery, cancelling upcoming appearances on the campaign trail ahead of a bitterly fought election.

The White House doctor said both Trump and First Lady Melania — who also tested positive — were well and that Trump would continue his presidential “duties without disruption”.

The two were tested after a close White House aide Hope Hicks had tested positive earlier in the day, with the bombshell news breaking as more restrictions loomed in Europe in an attempt to contain the deadly pandemic.

Hicks was on board Air Force One with the president as he traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for the first presidential debate with his rival, Democrat Joe Biden, on Tuesday.

The president routinely receives tests for Covid-19, though the exact frequency is not clear.

US futures trading saw the Dow slump 1.7 percent on the news and the broader S&P 500 shed 1.6 percent, while the safe-haven yen rose against the dollar.

– Restrictions in Europe –

Meanwhile, French authorities warned that Paris could be put on maximum alert to halt the spread of the virus, and Spain extended drastic restrictions across its capital Madrid.

Trump tests positive for coronavirus, upending campaign schedule

A medical worker runs a rapid Covid-19 test at the Lope de Vega Cultural Center in the Vallecas neighbourhood, in Madrid © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZO

By 2000 GMT Thursday the pandemic had killed at least 1,019,267 people around the world and infected over 34 million, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

French authorities said they may place Paris on maximum virus alert as soon as Monday, potentially requiring all bars to close as the number of cases surges.

“We’re in a phase where the situation is worsening,” Health Minister Olivier Veran said.

Spain, fighting a second wave of the virus, also extended drastic restrictions across its capital, despite fierce opposition from Madrid’s regional authorities, and most other regions have agreed to tighten curbs in areas of rapid contagion.

Trump tests positive for coronavirus, upending campaign schedule

Covid-19: incidence rate in Europe © AFP / Robin BJALON

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