Coronavirus: latest news from around the world

By Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Steve George, Jessie Yeung, Tara John and Ed Upright, CNN

Updated 8:06 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020
13 Posts
Sort byDropdown arrow
1:42 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Dow futures fall more than 400 points after Trump says he tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Laura He

US stock futures plunged Friday after President Donald Trump said that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus

  • Dow futures were last down 439 points, or 1.6%
  • S&P 500 futures were down 2%
  • And Nasdaq futures were down 1.8%

Stock futures were lower earlier as news broke that top Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus, and that Trump and his wife would be tested and would start a "quarantine process."

But those losses quickly accelerated after Trump said those tests were positive.

Read the full story:

1:44 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Melania Trump tweets "we are feeling good" after Covid-19 diagnosis

First lady Melania Trump has tweeted about her positive Covid-19 test results.

“We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements," she said. "Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together."

 

1:59 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

President Donald Trump tweets he and first lady Melania Trump test positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Betsy Klein, Jim Acosta and Paul LeBlanc

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for the first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for the first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29. Evan Vucci/AP

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus, the President announced early Friday morning.

"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" Trump tweeted shortly before 1 am Friday.

The President had said earlier in the night that he planned to quarantine.

"Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!" Trump tweeted Thursday night.

Hicks has traveled with the President multiple times recently, including to the debate in Cleveland on Tuesday, and was seen boarding Marine One, along with several other of the President's closest aides -- Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino and Nicholas Luna -- none of whom wore masks, on Wednesday as Trump was heading to a campaign rally in Minnesota.

Read the full story here.

Watch:

1:10 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

US President Donald Trump and first lady test positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Brian Rokus

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to the White House residence as they exit Marine One on September 11.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to the White House residence as they exit Marine One on September 11. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for Covid-19, the President said in a Twitter post Friday.

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

The President had said earlier that he planned to quarantine after his top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for Covid-19.

12:42 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Australia announces limited travel bubble with New Zealand

From CNN's Chandler Thornton

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack speaks to the media during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, on Friday, October 2.
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack speaks to the media during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, on Friday, October 2. Lukas Coch/AAP Image/Reuters

Australia has established a limited travel bubble with New Zealand, according to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

Speaking in a news conference on Friday, McCormack said "the establishment of a travel zone between Australia and New Zealand has been finalized."

McCormack announced the first phase of the arrangement, where "quarantine-free travel will be possible" from New Zealand to New South Wales and to the Northern Territory. The travel bubble is currently only one way from New Zealand to NSW and the Northern Territory.

The new travel bubble will go into effect October 16, McCormack said.

"The Department of Health has undertaken a public health risk assessment of Covid-19 in New Zealand, which indicated that New Zealand posed a low risk of Covid-19 transmission to Australia," McCormack added.

The Deputy Prime Minister said this new travel bubble will free up space for nearly 325 passengers a week to enter quarantine in Sydney so that more Australians abroad can return home.

2:29 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Hope Hicks could have been contagious with coronavirus on debate night, health expert says

From CNN Health’s Shelby Lin Erdman

President Donald Trump’s aide Hope Hicks, who tested positive for coronavirus, may have been contagious Tuesday night when she traveled with Trump and other staffers to the presidential debates in Ohio, according to CNN analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner.

“You're probably most contagious the day you develop symptoms, but you are contagious likely for up to 48 hours before that, which would certainly include the debate night,” Reiner told CNN’s Don Lemon.

CNN confirmed Hicks developed symptoms Wednesday night.

“Look, the Trump team refused to wear masks in the hall. You can see how outrageous that was. It was outrageous before we knew that a member of that team was already positive,” Reiner said.

“The entire team with the President should be quarantined for 14 days. That's CDC guidelines. It's not debatable,” Reiner added.

Trump confirmed he and first lady Melania Trump are waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test and have started a "quarantine process."

Read the full story:

12:01 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Trump aide has likely been contagious with coronavirus for at least 3 days, health expert warns

From CNN Health’s Shelby Lin Erdman

Hope Hicks, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
Hope Hicks, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. AP Images, Getty Images

US President Donald Trump's aide Hope Hicks, who tested positive for coronavirus, is likely to have been infectious for around three days, one doctor said Thursday. 

Hicks was likely contagious with the virus as early as Monday, but without symptoms until Wednesday. And she was in close contact with several White House staff in close quarters, said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a CNN medical analyst and cardiologist at George Washington Medical Center.

Hicks rode on Marine One -- in this case a small helicopter -- with the President and other staffers, too. “Everyone on that aircraft has been exposed to the virus, we know that with clarity," Reiner said.

Guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Trump’s own coronavirus task force are very clear when it comes to exposure to the virus. Anyone exposed should quarantine for 14 days.

“The entire staff who traveled with the President this week should be quarantined for 14 days, the President of the United States should be quarantining for 14 days,” Reiner said.

Trump, who traveled with Hicks this week to rallies and events, and first lady Melania Trump have both been tested for the virus, the President said in an interview on Fox News. Both will undergo a "quarantine process" until they get test results, the President said in a social media post Thursday night.

“Testing negative today, which I hope he is negative today, doesn't mean he'll be negative tomorrow or the day after. The incubation period for this virus is anywhere between five and 14 days,” Reiner said.

That means no rallies. “The President's trips should be canceled,” Reiner said.

The incubation period for the virus is anywhere between five and 14 days, according to the CDC. Trump may not know if he has the virus for another two or three days.

11:11 p.m. ET, October 1, 2020

Trump tweets he and first lady will begin a "quarantine process"

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

US President Donald Trump said that both he and First Lady Melania Trump will begin their “quarantine process” until they get their coronavirus test results, following news that his top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. 

“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!” Trump tweeted Thursday night. 

Hicks traveled with the President multiple times this week, including to the presidential debate in Cleveland and a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday. 

11:12 p.m. ET, October 1, 2020

President Trump says he and first lady have just been retested for Covid-19 after aide's positive test

From CNN's Betsy Klein

US President Donald Trump exits the Oval Office and walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on October 1, in Washington.
US President Donald Trump exits the Oval Office and walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on October 1, in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

US President Donald Trump confirmed that his top aide Hope Hicks has tested positive for coronavirus and said he and First Lady Melania Trump took a test Thursday evening. 

Trump said he doesn't know whether he has contracted the virus, saying he spends “a lot of time with" Hicks but noted she wears a “lot of masks.”

“She did test positive, I just heard about this. She tested positive. She’s a hard worker, lot of masks, she wears masks a lot but she tested positive," the President said. during a call-in appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

"So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don't know."

He added, “I just went for a test and we’ll see what happens, I mean, who knows… I spent a lot of time with Hope and so does the First Lady, and she's tremendous.”

Trump speculated that Hicks could have contracted the virus from an interaction with a supporter. 

“She’s a very warm person. She has a hard time, when soldiers and law enforcement comes up to her, you know, she wants to treat them great, not say, ‘Stay away, I can't get near you.’ It's a very, very tough disease,” he said. 

Trump said he wasn't sure when he would get the test results back, but indicated it would most likely be tonight or tomorrow morning. 

Hicks' positive test marks the fifth known White House coronavirus case and the closest to the President since the pandemic began.

She traveled with the President multiple times recently, including to the debate in Cleveland on Tuesday, and was seen boarding Marine One, along with several other of the President's closest aides -- Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino and Nicholas Luna -- none of whom wore masks, on Wednesday as Trump was heading to a campaign rally in Minnesota.