US President Donald Trump has been flown to a hospital only hours after testing positive for coronavirus. Trump took to Twitter to post a short video to announce that he was being taken to Walter Redd hospital.
He said, “I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support. I’m going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I’m doing very well.
“But we’re going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much, I appreciate it, I will never forget it – thank you.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
A statement by a White House spokesperson read, “President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and 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.
“President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the first lady.”
A report by the CBS News said that 74-year-old Trump’s symptoms included low-grade fever.
Trump testing positive for coronavirus means that he will not return to the campaign trail for now. His next TV debate is scheduled to be held in the next 13 days and the voting for the Presidential elections next month.
Stock markets across the world fell following the announcement. According to CNN, Dow (INDU) futures were down 445 points, or 1.6%, roughly matching their initial move lower after Trump tweeted his condition. S&P 500 (SPX) futures were down 1.7% and Nasdaq (COMP) futures were down 2.3%.
LIVE UPDATES on this and other big stories of the day will appear below:
18:31 PM: Bihar BSP president Bharat Bind quits party, joins RJD. (PTI)
17:48 PM: Centre conspired with help of ‘fake media allies’ to defame Maharashtra in #SushantSinghRajput case, SIT should be formed to nab the ‘conspirators’: Maharashtra Congress on AIIMS panel report. (PTI)
17:19 PM: I will stand by my Dalit brothers and sisters; for me my caste is humanity: Mamata Banerjee tells the protest rally in Kolkata. (PTI)
17:02 PM: Any group with no more than five people allowed to meet Hathras victim’s family: UP Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi. (PTI)
16:36 PM: Rahul Gandhi, four other Congress representatives will be allowed to proceed to Hathras: Noida Police. (PTI)
15:58 PM: UP Cong chief Ajay Kumar Lallu says he has been put under house arrest to stop him from going to Hathras. (PTI)
लखनऊ स्थित मेरे आवास को पुलिस छावनी में बदल दिया है, नजरबंद कर रखा है। सरकार मुझे नजरबंद कर हाथरस की बेटी के न्याय की लड़ाई को दबा नहीं सकती।
सीएम ने आपा खो दिया है, न्याय की हत्या पर उतारू है। यह होने नहीं देंगें मुख्यमंत्री महोदय। इस जुल्मी, निकम्मी सरकार को जाना होगा। pic.twitter.com/GexBddOKMy
— Ajay Kumar Lallu (@AjayLalluINC) October 3, 2020
15:17 PM: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi appeals to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end ‘crisis of justice’ for women and children, saying what is happening to ‘our daughters’ across India is a matter of ‘national shame’. (PTI)
What is happening to our daughters is a matter of national shame. I humbly appeal to Hon’ble PM @narendramodi – the nation looks to you to end this crisis of justice for our women & children. I implore you to lead the war on rape. Our daughters need you and we are all with you.
— Kailash Satyarthi (@k_satyarthi) October 2, 2020
14:48 PM: The forensic department of the #AIIMS in its report to the #CBI has “hinted” that the death of Bollywood actor #SushantSinghRajput was suicide and not murder, sources said on Saturday. (IANS)
13:41 PM: The #Hathras incident is a blot on humanity. The accused should be hanged to death & the family should be given justice. Mayawati is playing politics over the issue. She has no right to demand resignation of CM Yogi Adityanath: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale in Lucknow. (ANI)
12:34 PM: CBI arrests its retired SP in a Rs 25-lakh bribery case: Officials. (PTI)
12:06 PM: Retired Professor #PushpaBhave , a well-known Marathi socialist, rationalist and reformer passed away following a prolonged illness, said family friends. (IANS)
11:23 AM: Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi to head to Hathras again on Saturday to meet gang-rape victim’s family. (PTI)
10:40 AM: PM Modi inaugurates in Rohtang strategically important Atal Tunnel, which cuts distance between Manali & Leh by 46 km, travel time by 5 hrs. (PTI)
10:07 AM: Single-day spike of 79,476 infections, 1,069 fatalities pushes India’s COVID-19 caseload to 64,73,544, death toll to 1,00,842: Health Ministry. (PTI)
09:26 AM: Congress MPs under the leadership of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi will go to #Hathras today afternoon to meet the grieving family of the 19 year old daughter of Uttar Pradesh, who was brutally assaulted & murdered: Congress leader KC Venugopal
Congress MPs under the leadership of former Congress President Shri. @RahulGandhi will go to #Hathras today afternoon to meet the grieving family of the 19 year old daughter of Uttar Pradesh, who was brutally assaulted & murdered.
— K C Venugopal (@kcvenugopalmp) October 3, 2020
07:12 AM : COVID-19 deaths in India crosses 1 lakh; total number of positive cases reach 6,471,734