WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus and have “immediately” gone into quarantine, announced the US leader.
“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted.
Trump is the latest world leader to have contracted the virus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the first major leader who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March.
The future of Trump’s re-election campaign is in doldrums due to his illness and inability to address the rallies before the crucial November 3 vote.
According to a New York Times report, “Even if Mr. Trump, 74, remains asymptomatic, he will have to withdraw from the campaign trail and stay isolated in the White House for an unknown period of time.”
“If he becomes sick, it could raise questions about whether he should remain on the ballot at all,” it said.
The report noted that the positive test could prove “devastating” to his political fortunes given his months of diminishing the seriousness of the pandemic.