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The latest on Trump's Covid diagnosis

The latest on Trump's Covid diagnosis


US President Donald Trump has been flown to hospital for treatment after testing positive for coronavirus.


Mr Trump tweeted "going well, I think!" after his arrival. US media say his symptoms include a low-grade fever.


He has so far been treated with an experimental drug cocktail injection and the antiviral medication remdesivir after both he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19.


In exactly one month, Mr Trump faces Joe Biden in the presidential election.


The president's diagnosis has upended his campaign and also cast doubt on his attempt to get a new Supreme Court judge confirmed before polling day.


The latest update from Mr Trump's physician, Sean Conley, in a memorandum late on Friday, read: "I am happy to report the president is doing very well." He said the president was not in need of supplemental oxygen.


Mr Trump was taken to hospital "out of an abundance of caution" with "mild symptoms" and would be there for the "next few days", the White House said.


The list of other people to have tested positive around Mr Trump include close aide Hope Hicks - believed to be the first to show symptoms - campaign manager Bill Stepien and former White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway. Republican Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis have also tested positive.


Mr Trump remains in charge. Vice-President Mike Pence, to whom under the constitution the president would transfer power temporarily should he become too ill to carry out his duties, tested negative.


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How did the president look on Friday?

Wearing a mask and suit, Mr Trump walked out across the White House lawn on Friday at 18:15 (22:15 GMT) to his helicopter, Marine One, for the short flight to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center close to Washington DC.


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Donald Trump arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

He waved and gave a thumbs-up to reporters but said nothing before boarding the aircraft.


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In an 18-second video posted to Twitter, Mr Trump said: "I think I'm doing very well. But we're going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much."


The president's children, Ivanka and Eric, retweeted his post, praising him as a "warrior". Ms Trump added: "I love you dad."


Donald Jr said his father was "obviously taking it very seriously".


Mr Trump was admitted to the presidential suite at Walter Reed, which is where US presidents usually have their annual check-up.


Shortly before midnight, he tweeted again: "Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!"


UK PM Boris Johnson, who spent time in intensive care with the virus in April, said he had no doubt Mr Trump would make a "very strong recovery".


What treatment has the president received?

His doctor, Sean Conley, said the president was "not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably".


Tests have shown remdesivir, originally developed as an Ebola treatment, disrupts the virus's ability to duplicate and can cut the duration of symptoms. 



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