The US president is heading to hospital for a “few days” after testing positive for Covid-19, the White House has said.

Donald Trump is to head by helicopter to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre on Friday (October 2), a White House official added.

According to the official, the visit is precautionary and President Trump is planning to work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to continue his official duties.

“President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” said press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.”

The White House confirmed earlier in the day that President Trump had been injected with an experimental antibody cocktail by the White House physician.

President Donald Trump holding up his face mask during the first presidential debate on Septemebr 29
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It’s now just a month before the US election and President Trump’s revelation about his positive coronavirus test was made public on Twitter at around 1am after he had returned from an afternoon political fundraiser.

The event went ahead with the President saying nothing to the crowd despite being aware that he had been exposed to an aide with the disease that has infected millions in America and killed more than a million people worldwide.

First Lady Melania Trump also tested positive, the president said, and several others in the White House have, too, prompting concern that the White House or even President Trump himself might have spread the virus further.

The President’s diagnosis follows many months of him downplaying the threat of the virus, opting to rarely wear a protective mask and urging states and cities to “reopen” and reduce or eliminate shutdown rules.

The physician to the president said in a memo today he received a dose of an experimental antibody cocktail by Regeneron that is in clinical trials.

Navy Commander Dr Sean Conley said President Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits” and that a team of experts was evaluating both the president and first lady in regard to next steps.

The first lady, who is 50, has a “mild cough and headache,” Dr Conley reported, and the remainder of the first family, including the Trumps’ son Barron, who lives at the White House, tested negative.

Both Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have tested negative, their campaign said.

Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for the virus on Friday morning and “remains in good health,” his spokesman said.

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