President Trump hospitalized and China shows sympathy
US President Donald Trump was moved to the Walter Reed Medical Center, a military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, for treatment after testing positive for COVID-19.
While his wife, First Lady Melania Trump is recuperating at the White House.
Trump has taken an experimental drug and antiviral medication and his doctor said he was fatigued but in good spirits.
In a tweet after being hospitalized, Trump said he thought he was doing well.
“This evening I am happy to report that the president is doing very well,” Sean P Conley said in a statement released by the White House.
“He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists, we have elected to initiate remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably.”
On the other side, ex-adviser Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager Bill Stepien, and two Republican senators – Mike Lee and Thom Tillis – tests were positive too.
But Joe Biden, who took part in the first US presidential debate with Trump on Tuesday, has tested negative.
How the world reacted to Trump’s Covid infection
There was widespread international sympathy but also something that resembled schadenfreude after President Donald Trump announced Friday on Twitter that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the new coronavirus.
President Xi Jinping has sent a message to Trump and the first lady following their coronavirus diagnoses.
“My wife, Peng Liyuan, and I express our sympathies to you and your wife and wish you a fast recovery,” state TV on its website cited the message as saying.
Trump sparred with Beijing in the past over its handling of the virus, heightening tensions between the two countries.
Calling him a very “resilient character” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he has no doubt Donald Trump will make a very strong recovery from COVID-19.
Johnson himself was hospitalized in April with COVID-19 and spent three days on a ventilator. After being discharged, he required two weeks of convalescence before returning to work.
My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 2, 2020
Iranian state television announced Trump had the virus, an anchor breaking the news with an unflattering image of the U.S. president surrounded by what appeared to be giant coronaviruses. U.S.-Iran ties have suffered since Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers and reimposed crushing sanctions.
“Wishing my friend @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a quick recovery and good health,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose relationship with Trump has grown close in recent years, tweeted.
Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu also said that he and his wife are like millions of Israelis, thinking of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. They also wished a full and speedy recovery for their “friends”.