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Monday, 20 May 2024 – 23:21

President Trump transported to Water Reed National Military Medical Centre after testing positive for COVID-19

US President Donald Trump has been taken to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms less than 24 hours after testing positive for the virus.

Mr Trump was transported to the Water Reed National Military Medical Centre on Friday. In a statement, a White House spokesperson said that the President had ‘mild symptoms’ of COVID-19 and that he ‘remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day’.

It was added that he was taken to the Medical Centre ‘out of an abundance of caution’ and he has received a cocktail of drugs as a ‘precautionary measure’.

The President is reported to have been experiencing fatigue, though it is understood he is still carrying out Presidential work. He announced on Twitter on Friday morning that both he and the first lady had tested positive for the Coronavirus. Election campaign rival Joe Biden, who shared a debate stage with Trump on Tuesday, has since tested negative for the virus.

Trump has joined a list of world leaders who have contracted the Coronavirus. Among those to have previously tested positive for the virus include the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin and Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro.

The President’s positive test for COVID-19 could lead to a chaotic final month of the US Presidential Election campaign, with polling day in just a month’s time.

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