US President Donald Trump, wife Melania test positive for virus

AFP – President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, upending the already chaotic US election, but was described by his doctor on Friday as feeling “well” and able to perform his duties while quarantining.

Trump first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus.

“We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote.

But the extraordinary setback for Trump had immediate political consequences just 32 days before election day.

His challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, is well ahead in the polls and is making criticism of the Republican’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic a key plank in his campaign.

Trump, in response, has been betting on an evermore aggressive schedule of campaign rallies around the country — bringing together thousands of people, often without masks.