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Just 17 hours after announcing he has tested positive for Covid-19, US president Donald Trump has now been moved to a military hospital after displaying “mild” Covid symptoms. Meanwhile, his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, has tested positive for the coronavirus, along with a former senior adviser, and at least 2 senators after attending a White House event. More people who have been in contact with Mr. Trump over the past week are also being tested.

Those who have already tested positive include first lady Melania Trump, former White House Counsellor Kellyanne Conway, GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, the Rev. John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame University, and a White House reporter.

Photos from last Saturday’s event, held outside in the White House Rose Garden, show more than 180 people were attending – only about 50 wearing masks and little adherence to social distancing.

Mr. Trump’s senior medical staff say he had been experiencing “coughing, congestion and fever”, throwing the US executive into uncertainty. The dramatic revelation also destabilises the volatile campaign just a month before the election on November 3.

White House doctor Sean Conley reported that Mr. Trump was doing “very well”, did not need the assistance of supplementary oxygen at this stage, and had received an experimental dosage of Remdesivir, an intravenous multi-antiviral drug that “has been shown to shorten hospital stays”.

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Late Friday, Washington time, the president walked slowly out to a waiting helicopter, donning a fitted face mask and business suit. The 74 year old president reportedly has a mild fever and is experiencing fatigue but is in good spirits.

“I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.”

He has been hospitalised at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The White House doctor says he is being treated with an experimental drug cocktail Regeneron’s REGN-COV2, one that US Infectious Disease Chief Dr. Anthony Fauci says has shown “promising results”.

Trump’s press secretary says he will work in a special suite at the hospital for the next few days as a precautionary measure. The news of his diagnosis is the latest bump in the road for the president as the November 3 election date nears, which currently sees him trailing Democratic opponent Joe Biden in opinion polls in important swing states.

Trump has downplayed the ‘virus’ threat repeatedly, which has infected 7.4 million+ Americans and killed 213,524 around the country (as of lunchtime, Saturday in Thailand). The elderly president is in the high-risk category for the virus due to his age and weight. Joe Biden has reportedly pulled ads attacking Trump off the air, which saw him criticising Trump, who has mocked Biden for wearing a mask, and held huge campaign rallies which often ignored social distancing rules.

America’s First Lady Melania Trump has also tested positive for the virus and has also gone into quarantine, but there is no news on the current state of her health. The diagnosis of Covid for Mr. Trump and the First Lady are the most recent developments of world leaders falling ill under the novel coronavirus. Previously, British PM Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive with the virus, both having recovered.

News of Trump’s diagnosis has seen stocks on Wall Street closing lower, as tension and uncertainties swirl over the upcoming presidential election.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Issan John

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    “The president walked slowly out to a waiting helicopter, donning a fitted face mask and business suit …”

    Really? What was he wearing before he put the suit on?

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    I’m still sceptical that he’s really ill… it wouldn’t surprise me that the thought of defeat is so abhorrent to him that he would do anything to avoid it.

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    Prof. JPD

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    According to the official statement of the medical team, the infection was detected 72 hours ago. Though, the press, media and the public were informed just 36 hours ago. Does it mean the Potus was still traveling around (for. ex. visiting a fundraising party), knowing that he is diagnosed positive with Corona?

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    Keith

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    I doubt he had the virus, just a stunt to show he was right about in not being serious, but if the did have the virus it just shows what a selfish inconsiderate moron he is, traveling in a SUV in close contact with his security detail, taking off his mask when sill contagious, and this is the President of the United states. Not fit to run a noodle stall

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The leaders of Thailand have sent messages of condolences to their British counterparts following the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Friday. His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand has sent a message of condolence to Prince Philip’s widow, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, released by the Thai Royal Household Bureau, stating that the King and Queen are deeply saddened by Prince Philip’s death.

“We all in Thailand join the people of Great Britain in mourning this great loss, a sense of loss being shared by peoples around the world, whose lives have been touched and enriched by His Royal Highness’ enduring legacies in their diversity.

We still recall, with much pride and warmth, the two historic state visits made by Your Majesty in 1972 and 1996, with His Royal Highness at your side, as guests of my beloved father, His late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Just as important to the people of Thailand was how His Royal Highness wished, during his later visits on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund, to share with them his love of nature and passion for the environment, thus inspiring a number of essential projects of conservation.

May I, on behalf of the people of Thailand, express to Your Majesty, the Royal Family and the British people our heartfelt sympathy and condolences for this truly grievous loss.”

Meanwhile, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha released a statement on behalf of the people of Thailand, saying their thoughts and prayers were with the people of Britain. PM Prayut sent a message to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson praising Prince Philip’s “exceptional leadership”.

“On behalf of the Royal Thai Government and the people of Thailand, I wish to extend to Your Right Honourable and the British people our deepest condolences and sympathy for this irreparable loss. We join the British people in mourning the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with the British people in this time of sadness”

Prince Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, died Friday at the age of 99 after recently being released from King Edward VII Hospital recovering from a February surgery for a heart condition. He was the longest-serving consort in British history. The Duke of Edinburgh had visited Thailand twice, escorting the Queen for state visits with King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1972 and 1996.

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Prince Philip, the husband and consort to Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99. The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving consort in the history of the United Kingdom, retiring in 2017 after more than 20,000 public engagements. Born on the Greek island of Corfu, Philip had 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren with the Queen. Buckingham Palace released a statement mourning the loss.

Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921 on the island of Corfu, Greece. He married Princess Elizabeth on November 20, 1947.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

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Prince Philip dies at the age of 99 – Buckingham Palace

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The husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, has died at the age of 99. Buckingham Palace announced his death in the last hour.

Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947, 5 years before she became Queen. He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

The couple had 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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