Trump taken to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19

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Mr Trump went into quarantine on Wednesday

US President Donald Trump is hospitalized less than 24 hours after a positive coronavirus test.

The White House said the decision to transport him to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was made “out of caution”.

Mr Trump showed “mild symptoms” of Covid-19 on Thursday after announcing that he and his wife had been quarantined late Wednesday.

The White House said he felt “tired but in good spirits”.

The president’s symptoms include a mild fever, according to CBS News, the BBC’s US partner.

The news comes a little over a month before the presidential election, where he’ll face off against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

A White House spokesman said in a statement: “President Trump is still in a good mood, has mild symptoms and has worked all day.

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“Out of caution and on the recommendation of his doctor and medical experts, the President will be working in the President’s offices of Walter Reed for the next few days.

“President Trump appreciates the support for both him and the first lady.”

Walter Reed in the Washington DC suburbs is one of America’s largest and most prestigious military medical centers. This is where US presidents usually go for their annual checkups.

Under the U.S. Constitution, if Mr. Trump became too ill to perform his duties, Mr. Trump could temporarily hand over his powers to the Vice President. That means Mike Pence would become incumbent president until Mr Trump was fit again and could retake his position.

A fundamentally changed competition

The US presidential election was turned upside down.

That sentence could have been written about any number of moments in a turbulent year in American politics, but nothing like it has happened this year, this decade, this century.

Just 32 days before the presidential election, Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19. Because of his age of 74, he belongs to a risk category for complications due to the disease. At the very least, he’ll have to quarantine himself during treatment, which means the U.S. presidential contest – at least his side – has been fundamentally changed.

The initial implications are obvious. The president’s strict campaign schedule, which included visits to Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina last week, has been suspended indefinitely.

Trump will surely have replacements on the trail, but given that he has relied heavily on his family and senior administrative and campaign officials in the past, many of them may need to be quarantined for being infected with the virus This campaign operation is also suspended.

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Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, said in a statement earlier Friday that the president had been given an “8g dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail” at the White House as a precaution. The drug is given to lower virus levels and speed recovery.

He also took zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and aspirin, said Dr. Conley.

“As of this afternoon, he remains tired but in good spirits,” he added. The first lady was “good with only a slight cough and headache”.

Mr Biden himself and his wife Jill tested negative on Friday.

“I hope this serves as a reminder,” the Democratic White House candidate tweeted after the result. “Wear a mask, keep your social distance, and wash your hands.”

Mr Biden’s staff said he would travel to Michigan as planned for several campaign events on Friday. He and his wife have wished the presidential couple a speedy recovery.

Officials said the process of tracking all the president’s contacts over the past few days is still ongoing. Mr Trump is considering addressing the nation or otherwise communicating with the American people on Friday.

But he pulled out of a video conference with vulnerable seniors scheduled for Friday and let Vice President Mike Pence chair the meeting.

On Thursday, the first couple said they wanted to self-isolate after one of Mr Trump’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive. Soon after, they too received positive test results.

There was criticism of Mr Trump’s decision to go to a fundraiser Thursday that was attended by dozen of people in New Jersey, apparently when officials were already aware of Ms. Hicks’ symptoms.