President Donald Trump, who played down the threat of the coronavirus pandemic for months, said today that he and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19 and were going into quarantine, upending the historic race for the White House. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately," the president said in a tweet early on Friday morning.
Trump, 74, is at high risk with the deadly virus both because of his age and obesity. The president does not exercise regularly, follow a healthy diet, and suffers from hypertension. The combined factors put his health at high to extreme risk from the deadly virus, according to the CDC.
Trump both understood and understated the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak in its early stages, and has repeatedly predicted it would go away. On Thursday night he said the end of the pandemic was in sight. He rarely wears a mask and criticizes people, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who do. Today, over 212,000 have perished from Covid-19 in the United States.
Coronavirus: Global Death Toll Reaches Somber Milestone.
The coronavirus pandemic has now claimed one million lives around the globe, with more than 34 million cases. The somber milestone was passed on Monday.
By Friday, 1,028,551 people had died according to Worldometer, which gathers totals from sources including the World Health Organization and from independent nations throughout the world.