President Trump and First Lady Melania have tested positive for coronavirus
Trump confirmed via Twitter that he and First Lady Melania have tested positive for coronavirus and will therefore begin quarantine. The President, aged 74, could be at a high-risk of complications. This news also follows the confirmation that Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest aides, tested positive.
Hicks travelled with Trump to Ohio where the President took part in the presidential debate against Joe Biden on Tuesday. Many reporters commented on the Trump family and some key staff not taking adequate social distancing and not wearing masks.
Moreover, the self-isolation the President and First Lady have to go through comes just a month before the presidential elections. Hence, this could prove to be a significant factor as the President won’t be able to hold face-to-face rallies nor meetings.
Meanwhile, in the U.S.A., the virus has infected over 7.2 million people, claiming the lives of over 200.000. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as well as Indian PM Narendra Modi and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu sent messages of support to the President and the First Lady.
Commentators are highlighting the fact that Trump, at 74 years of age, has a body mass index of 30.5, which is an indicator of obesity. Complications from coronavirus are common in obese people, but as Trump’s physician Dr Sean Conley says, the President ‘remains healthy’.