United States President Donald Trump is to be admitted to Walter Reed Medical Centre where we is expected to stay for 'several' days to continue his treatment for Covid-19.
This has happened only a few hours after it was announced, via Donald Trump's Twitter feed, that both he and his wife Melania had tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Although the President's advisors have said he is only experiencing mild symptoms, journalists did discover on Friday afternoon that Trump was experiencing a fever. The First Lady was reported to have only a cough and mild headache.
The President's personal physician Sean Conley made the announcement in the late afternoon, Washington time. There are extensive medical facilities available at the White House so the US media were speculating that his health must have deteriorated significantly for the decision to be taken to hospitalise him.
Trump is reported to be receiving a new treatment which has shown early promise in treating Covid-19 but is still not officially authorised as a treatment.
The 74 year old Trump is overweight and not known to be healthy, which put him at a greater risk for complications from Covid-19. The President's official helicopter Marine One landed on the front lawn of the White House to transport him on the 10 minute flight to the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
It was confirmed that the Vice President Mike Pence had tested negative for Covid19 today. As Donald Trump will not be going under anaesthetic he will retain his position as President. The Vice President will only take control of the country if the President is incapacitated.
In April this year UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also contracted Covid-19 and after initially being treated at home was also later admitted to hospital. Although his staff gave reassuring messages to the country it was later clear that at one stage Johnson's condition was very serious and was at risk of dying. Johnson was in the intensive care unit for 3 days but subsequently made a full recovery. Johnson is only 56 years old.