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Latest updates: Trump to spend days at military hospital after Covid-19 diagnosis

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Published on October 3, 2020 at 09.20

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The latest on President Donald Trump testing positive for the coronavirus and being hospitalised.
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Trump to spend days at military hospital


US President Donald Trump was in a military hospital on Saturday for treatment after testing positive for Covid-19, an extraordinary development that upended the presidential race a month before the Nov. 3 election.


Trump will work in a special suite at the hospital for the next few days as a precautionary measure, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. Online video showed a small group of Trump supporters outside Walter Reed late on Friday waving Trump 2020 flags, most not wearing masks.


Trump, 74, has a mild fever, according to a source familiar with the matter. White House doctor Sean P. Conley said late on Friday that Trump was doing very well, did not need supplemental oxygen, and had received a first dose of Remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral drug sold by Gilead Sciences Inc that has been shown to shorten hospital stays.

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Trump tweets, “Going well, I think!


US President Donald Trump said on Twitter late on Friday, after being hospitalised with Covid-19, that he thought he was doing well.


“Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!,” the president tweeted after having been moved to a military hospital for treatment.


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Trump's campaign manager tests positive

President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, has tested positive for the coronavirus.


Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh has confirmed the news, which was first reported by Politico.


Politico said Stepien received his diagnosis Friday and is experiencing “mild flu-like symptoms.”


Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, also announced Friday that she had tested positive, joining Trump, the first lady, top Trump aide Hope Hicks and numerous others.


Stepien, who joined Trump at Tuesday’s first presidential debate, plans to quarantine until he recovers.

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Trump begins Remdesivir therapy


The White House physician says his medical team has “elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy” for President Donald Trump.


Dr. Sean Conley says Trump is “doing very well” and is “not requiring any supplemental oxygen.”


Conley says he recommended Trump be moved to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center “for further monitoring.”

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Eric and Lara Trump test negative


President Trump's son Eric and his wife Lara have both tested negative for the coronavirus, according to a statement from their spokesperson that was posted by Lara on her Twitter and Instagram accounts.


Both are in New York City, according to a source familiar with the situation.

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Key US senators test positive for virus


Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions about upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and whether additional senators may have been exposed.


North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Utah Sen. Mike Lee both said Friday that they had tested positive for the virus. Both attended a ceremony for Barrett at the White House on Sept. 25 with President Donald Trump, who announced Friday that he had tested positive and was later hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.


Lee, who did not wear a mask at the White House event, said he had “symptoms consistent with longtime allergies.” Tillis, who did wear a mask, said he has no symptoms. Both said they will quarantine for 10 days — ending just before Barrett’s confirmation hearings begin on Oct. 12.


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Court annuls Michigan law used to fight virus


A 1945 law repeatedly used by Gov. Gretcher Whitmer to respond to the coronavirus pandemic was declared unconstitutional Friday by the Michigan Supreme Court, a striking decision that puts months of restrictions in jeopardy while Covid-19 continues to flare up around the state.


The opinion is an extraordinary development in a monthslong conflict between Whitmer, a Democrat, and Republicans who control the Legislature and have complained that they’ve been shut out of major orders that have impacted education, the economy and health care.

Coincidentally, the court’s action emerged on the same day that Whitmer’s foes submitted more than 539,000 signatures in a bid to repeal the 1945 law.

The governor said the 4-3 decision, with Republican-nominated justices in the majority, was “deeply disappointing.” But Whitmer didn’t signal that she was giving up. She said her emergency declaration and related orders still can remain in place for 21 days, and then many of them will continue “under alternative sources” of law.

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Trump’s diagnosis sparks conspiracy theories


News that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus sparked an explosion of rumors, misinformation and conspiracy theories that littered social media feeds.


By Friday morning, nearly 30,000 Twitter users had retweeted a variety of conspiracy theories about the news, according to an analysis by VineSight, a tech company that tracks online misinformation.


The news is ripe for foreign and domestic internet instigators to exploit by pushing online disinformation about the two presidential candidates and opens the door for unwitting people to spread misinformation without realizing what they’re sharing is false, experts say. Facebook said that it immediately began monitoring misinformation around the president’s diagnosis and had started applying fact checks to some false posts.


Twitter, meanwhile, was monitoring an uptick in “copypasta” campaigns — which are attempts from numerous Twitter accounts to parrot the same phrase over and over again to inundate users with messaging — about Trump’s illness. The social media company said it was working to limit views on those tweets.

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Trump arrives at Walter Reed, releases video


President Donald Trump has arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and released a video saying that he thinks he’s “doing very well.”


Marine One landed near the military hospital on Friday evening, and Trump was driven to the large complex. White House officials say that the visit is precautionary and that Trump will work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to continue his official duties.


When he walked out of the White House, he was wearing a mask and gave a thumbs-up to reporters. He also released a video on Twitter, saying, “I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.”


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


Shortly before he departed for the hospital, his personal physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said in a memo issued by the White House that he had received an experimental antibody cocktail.

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Trump walks to Marine One, gives thumbs-up


President Donald Trump has appeared in public for the first time since his Covid-19 diagnosis, giving a thumbs-up before he boarded Marine One for a military hospital.


Trump walked out of the White House to the helicopter Friday evening on his way to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.


The White House says Trump will spend a “few days” at a military hospital on the advice of his physicians after contracting Covid-19.

The White House says that the visit is precautionary and that Trump will work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to continue his official duties.


Earlier Friday the White House said Trump remains “fatigued” and had been injected with an experimental antibody drug combination for the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and spread to the highest reaches of the US government.


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Joe Biden tests negative

Joe Biden has tested negative for the coronavirus, his primary care doctor confirmed on Friday.


The Democratic presidential nominee and his wife were tested earlier in the day after news of President Donald Trump’s infection was announced.


Dr. Kevin O’Connor released the negative results in a statement issued by the Biden campaign. Biden was on the debate stage with Trump for more than 90 minutes earlier in the week. It’s still unclear if Biden will hold campaign events later in the day.


Biden, in a social media post, thanked his supporters for “messages of concern.” He added: “I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.”


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Melania Trump announces she has mild symptoms



First lady Melania Trump says she is experiencing “mild symptoms” after she and President Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19.



“Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery,” she tweeted Friday morning.



White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said President Trump was also experiencing mild symptoms, but continues to work from the White House residence as he quarantines. The Trumps’ youngest child, Barron, 14, has tested negative for the virus.


 
 
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