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On Thursday it was announced the President and First Lady had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to CNN Mr Trump has been suffering with a fever since early on Friday.

In a statement the White House said: “Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.

“President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady.”

The statement added the President “remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day”.

According to the White House there has been no transfer of power and “the president is in charge”. 

Mr Trump was collected from the White House lawn by his Marine One helicopter.

However some commentators suggested the severity of the illness is being downplayed.

Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, tweeted: “You don’t hospitalize the President only out of an ‘abundance of caution.’

“He has world class medical care and they can get him to Walter Reed in a moment’s notice. This is a serious illness.”

In response #PrayForTrump has been trending on Twitter in the United States.

Melania, who also tested positive for COVID-19, has reported a mild cough and headache.

Dr Sean Conley, Mr Trump’s personal physician, said the President “remains fatigued but in good spirits”.

He continued: “He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps.”

Dr Conley reported Trump has been given a Regeneron polyconal antibody cocktail.

He also said the President is taking zinc, famotidine, melatonin and vitamin D.

All other members of the first family have tested negative for coronavirus.

Mr Trump is competing against Democratic candidate Joe Biden in November to retain the presidency.

On Twitter Mr Biden said: Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery.

“We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”

I’m happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative for COVID.

“Thank you to everyone for your messages of concern.

“I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.”

There had been fears Mr Biden, who debated Mr Trump on Tuesday in Cleveland, could also have caught the virus.

Due to COVID-19 the two candidates did not shake hands after the debate and a clear gap was maintained between them.  

Hope Hicks, a close aide to Mr Trump, also confirmed she had coronavirus on Thursday.

Ms Hicks travelled with the President to the Cleveland debate and a separate campaign rally on Tuesday.

Critics of Mr Trump accused him of downplaying the threat from coronavirus early in the pandemic.

In late February he commented: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

America has recorded more coronavirus deaths and cases than any other country in the world.

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