By Seatrules Eziokwu
Donald Trump has been hospitalised following the news he has contracted coronavirus, as several others linked to the White House also return positive tests.
US President Donald Trump has arrived at a military hospital just outside Washington, where he will spend the coming days while undergoing treatment for coronavirus.
As a precautionary measure, Mr Trump has been moved from the White House to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he will remain and work for a few days.
“At the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
In his first public comments since testing positive to the virus on Thursday, Mr Trump said he was “doing very well”.
“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” he said in a short video posted on Friday to his Twitter account as he was arriving to the hospital.
“I think I am doing very well. But we are going to make sure that things work out,” he said.
“Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!” he worte in his first tweet from hospital on Friday night.
Mr Trump is being treated with Remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral drug, according to a letter issued by White House physician Sean Conley on Friday evening.
“This evening I am happy to report that the President is doing very well. He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy,” Dr Conley said.
“He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably.”