President Trump and Melania test positive for coronavirus

US President Donald Trump and wife First Lady Melania have tested positive for Covid-19, the president said in a tweet early on Friday morning.

Mr Trump is now expected to be in quarantine for some two weeks while facing treatment for the disease.

Mr Trump tweeted: "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!".

The president is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from the virus. Still, The Associated Press quoted an unidentified White House doctor as saying Mr Trump would continue carrying out his duties "without disruption" despite the diagnosis.

The positive tests for the Trumps come as stark reminders that the coronavirus continues to spread, even as Mr Trump has tried desperately to suggest it no longer poses a danger.

Since it emerged earlier this year, Mr Trump, the White House and his campaign have played down the threat and refused to abide by basic public health guidelines - including those issued by his own administration - such as wearing masks in public and practising social distancing.

The virus has killed more than 200,000 Americans and infected more than seven million nationwide. 

There are now concerns about what this means for the US presidential election that is due to take place on Tuesday, 3 November.