Trump now in hospital but will continue duties as US president
The United States President Donald Trump was flown to a military hospital on Friday night after he was injected with an experimental drug combination in treatment at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Trump reportedly had fever and was fatigued when he was flown out of the White House.
The White House said Trump’s expected stay of “a few days” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was a form of precaution but the hospital has facilities to let him continue his official duties as US president. He was seen walking out of the White House wearing a face mask and gave a thumbs-up to reporters. Trump was still assisted by Secret Service agents and White House staff, who all wore face masks, as he walked out of the White House to board the official chopper.
“I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” Trump said in a video tape before leaving the White House.
Trump was tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) at about 1 a.m. Friday after he returned from a political fundraiser held on Thursday.
His wife, first lady Melania Trump, also tested positive for Covid-19. Initial reports have it that one of his close aides was also stricken by the virus, but it turned out several other staff at the White House also tested positive.
In his video message, Trump assured, however, that his wife was doing well.
Trump is 74 years old and is said to be clinically obese, which puts him at greater risk of developing serious complications from Covid-19.
The US president joins the list of world leaders tested for Covid-19 since the virus started wreaking havoc worldwide from late last year. Among them are Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.