- President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are set to start quarantine together after they both tested positive for COVID-19
- He made the announcement shortly after it was reported one of his top aides had tested positive of the disease
- Trump's aide is reported to have travelled with the president multiple times in the recent past aboard Air Force One
- They also travelled together to the presidential debate with Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, September 29
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The United States of America President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump made the announcement on Friday, October 2, just hours after it was reported one of his senior aides identified as Hope Hicks had contracted the disease.
Taking to his Twitter account to make the announcement, the head of state said he and his wife would start quarantine immediately and that they would do it together.
“Tonight, [the first lady] and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this together!” the president tweeted.
The news was also confirmed in a memorandum by White House physician Sean Conley early Friday morning.
"This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus," he wrote.
"The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain home at the White House during their convalescence," Conley added.
The first lady also tweeted confirming the news and indicating she had postponed all her upcoming engagements till further notice.
"As too many Americans have done this year, [the president] and I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19," Melania Trump tweeted.
We are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together," she added.
According to media reports, Trump's aide had travelled with the president multiple times in the recent past including to the debate with Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, September 29.
Hicks, a former White House communications director who now serves as counsellor to the president, attended other events with Trump aboard Air Force One.
In light of the president's positive COVID-19 test, he has cancelled Friday's rally and his only scheduled event is a closed press call on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors.
More than 7.27 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 207,789 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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