President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The American president Donald Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus just a month before the presidential election. The President announced on Twitter at nearly 1 a.m. on Friday. 

 

Trump and Melania are in quarantine, after Hope Hicks, one of his closest advisers, tested positive for the disease, and after months of downplaying the severity of a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States.

In his announcement, Trump insisted: "We will get through this TOGETHER!" His wife, who also tested positive, wrote, "We are feeling good." Mr. Trump's announcement comes just over a month before the presidential elections on 3 November, where he faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

At 74 years old, Trump is seen as being at higher risk from the virus not only because of his age but because he is considered overweight. He has remained in good health during his time in office although, aside from regular rounds of golf, he is not known to exercise regularly or to follow a healthy diet.

Trump has mostly spurned mask-wearing and has often been pictured not socially distanced with aides or others during official engagements. In America, coronavirus has infected more than 7.2 million Americans, killing more than 200,000 of them.

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a message on Twitter wished Trump and Melania a "speedy recovery" from the virus.

 

"Jill and I send our thoughts to president Trump and first lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family," he said on Twitter.