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Donald Trump and First Lady Melania test positive for coronavirus

President and First Lady tested after infection of close aide Hope Hicks, who travelled with the Trumps this week

Donald Trump says that he and his wife Melania have tested positive for Covid-19, and will begin to quarantine immediately.

The President and First Lady received tests after close aide Hope Hicks started to show symptoms. Ms Hicks tested positive earlier on Thursday night.null

In a post on Twitter, Mr Trump wrote: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

The move immediately threw into chaos the race for the election, barely 30 days away.

The president – and likely of his inner circle will be required to quarantine for 15 days. The second debate with Democrat Joe Biden is due to take place on October 15.

Both Mr Trump, 74, and Mr Biden, 77, are in a “at risk” category because of his age.

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