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Donald Trump taken to hospital

US President Donald Trump has left the White House and is being taken to Walter Reed Medical Centre, a military hospital in Washington D.C.In a statement, the White House stressed that the move was being made “out of an abudance of caution”.“President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout…

US President Donald Trump has left the White House and is being taken to Walter Reed Medical Centre, a military hospital in Washington D.C.

In a statement, the White House stressed that the move was being made “out of an abudance of caution”.

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

“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.

“President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady.”

Mr Trump and his wife Melania both tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday.

About an hour before the announcement that Mr Trump would go to Walter Reed, White House physician Sean Conley released an update on his condition.

“As of this afternoon the President remains fatigued but in good spirits,” Dr Conley said.

“He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps.

“First Lady Melania Trump remains well with only a mild cough and headache, and the remainder of the First Family are well and tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 today.”

Dr Conley also specified which medications the President had taken. They included an experimental cocktail of antibodies.

“As a precautionary measure, he received a single eight gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail. He completed the infusion without incident,” he said.

“In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin.”

Multiple US media outlets have reported the President has a low-grade fever. Neither the White House statement nor Dr Conley mentioned that symptom.

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Mr Trump’s election opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, wished the first couple well during a speech in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“My wife Jill and I pray they’ll make a quick and full recovery,” Mr Biden said.

“This is not a matter of politics. It’s a bracing reminder to all of us we have to take this virus seriously. It’s not going away automatically.”

He urged Americans to continue wearing masks and practising social distancing.

“Be patriotic. It’s not about being a tough guy. It’s about doing your part,” he said.

“Wearing a mask is not only going to protect you, but it also protects those around you.

“Don’t just do it for yourself. Do it for the people you love; the people you work with.”

Mr and Mrs Biden, both of whom were in the room with the President for this week’s first debate, have both tested negative.

All election campaign events involving Mr Trump and his family will either be postponed or moved to a virtual setting as a result of his diagnosis, which has forced him to quarantine at the White House.

However Vice President Mike Pence, having tested negative, plans to continue travelling.

The second presidential debate is currently scheduled for October 15.

More to come.

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