President of the United States Donald Trump and his wife, First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19 today.
The President confirmed on Twitter this afternoon that he had been infected with the coronavirus, just two hours after the pair were put into quarantine after coming into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
That confirmed case was Hope Hicks, a close aide to the President.
Trump says he will now begin his quarantine and recovery process immediately alongside wife Melania.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
The President's confirmed infection comes just one month before the US Presidential election.
Trump is now one of 7.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. The country has also recorded more than 200,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
Meanwhile in Australia we have recorded just 27,111 confirmed infections of COVID-19, including 13 new cases today.
Today Australia announced it is going to open its border to New Zealand from 16 October. Read more here.
Updated at 3.04pm AEST on 2 October 2020.
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