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
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4:06 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Trump's diagnosis raises questions about White House's handling of Hicks' infection

Hope Hicks, an adviser to US President Donald Trump, walks to Air Force One to depart with the President and other staff on campaign travel to Minnesota from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Wednesday, September 30.
Hope Hicks, an adviser to US President Donald Trump, walks to Air Force One to depart with the President and other staff on campaign travel to Minnesota from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Wednesday, September 30. Leah Millis/Reuters

Three people in the White House, including President Donald Trump, have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions about who may be exposed and why the administration handled the situation the way they did.

What we know:

  • Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and top aide Hope Hicks have all tested positive.
  • Hicks was experiencing symptoms of the virus by Wednesday. A small group of White House officials knew by Thursday morning that Hicks had tested positive.
  • The Trumps are now in quarantine, suggesting they may be asymptomatic, according to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
  • In the White House, every person who has meetings planned with Trump is tested each morning, according to CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins.

What we don't know:

  • It's unclear who knew Hicks' diagnosis on Thursday. Trump visited New Jersey that afternoon, and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a news briefing; it's not clear if they were aware of Hicks' diagnosis.
  • It's unclear exactly when Trump got tested on Thursday, and how quickly it took place after Hicks' diagnosis was confirmed.
  • Hicks appeared to have symptoms first -- but we don't know who infected who.
3:47 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

This is the "biggest health threat" to a sitting US President in decades, says CNN White House correspondent

US President Donald Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis poses a historic health threat for the country, especially as the November presidential election approaches, said CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins.

"This is the biggest health threat to a sitting President we have seen in decades," she said. "Right now his doctor said we are feeling well, but we are 32 days out from the election and there are massive questions facing the President and his aides in the coming days over what they chose not to reveal, and why they made these decisions, and why the President continued to go to a fundraiser that was inside indoors at his golf club in New Jersey despite knowing he had been around someone who tested positive."

Some context: Hope Hicks, a top Trump aide, started showing symptoms on Wednesday. By Thursday morning, a small group of White House officials knew she had tested positive for coronavirus, Collins said.

But on Thursday afternoon, Trump continued on a trip to New Jersey, and the White House press secretary held a media briefing without a mask on, raising questions of who was aware of Hicks' diagnosis.


7:27 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

The US President and first lady have tested positive for Covid-19. Here's what we know

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

In the early hours of Friday morning, US President Donald Trump tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19 after one of his top aides contracted the virus.

Here's what we know about the situation:

Hope Hicks tests positive: Hicks is a close aide to Trump and traveled with him multiple times recently, including to the presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday. She was seen boarding Marine One, along with several other of the President's closest aides. Bloomberg was first to report that she had tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. Several sources then confirmed the diagnosis to CNN.

Fundraiser and media briefing: A small group of White House officials knew by Thursday morning that Hicks had contracted Covid-19, according to CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins -- but Trump still took a trip to New Jersey for a fundraiser, and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany still held a news briefing at the White House on Thursday. McEnany didn't wear a mask at the briefing, and made no mention of Hicks' diagnosis to reporters in the room, Collins said.

Trump gets tested again: On Thursday evening, Trump confirmed Hicks' diagnosis in a tweet and said that he and the first lady were being retested for the virus. "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," Trump said on Fox News' "Hannity." "So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don't know."

Trump starts the "quarantine process": The President followed his comments up with a tweet later on Thursday saying that he and the first lady were waiting for test results. "In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!" Trump tweeted.

Trump confirms he has Covid-19: After midnight, President Trump then tweeted that he and Melania Trump tested positive. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" he tweeted.

White House doctor's letter: Trump's physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, issued a statement confirming the diagnosis and said, "The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence." Conley said he expects the President to "continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering."

Questions: It is unclear exactly what the President's "quarantine process" will look like and there are concerns that multiple officials -- including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden -- may have been exposed to the virus.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated that Joe Biden is the former Democratic presidential nominee. He is the current Democratic presidential nominee.

3:45 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Joe Biden "needs to be immediately tested," says CNN's chief medical correspondent

Former US vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden needs to be tested for Covid-19 after having been on the same stage as President Donald Trump on Tuesday night, said CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

"He does need to be immediately tested. He has come in proximity to someone that has Covid," Gupta said.

Trump has not revealed any symptoms yet, and a White House statement said he and first lady Melania Trump are "both well."

But "as you well know, going back to (top aide) Hope Hicks, you can be contagious or more contagious before you develop some of the symptoms -- the pre-symptomatic period," Gupta warned.

Biden and Trump both attended the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, though they stayed on different sides of the stage at their own podiums. Biden may have been standing far enough from Trump to avoid infection -- but "if you are indoors, you could think of the virus like smoke," Gupta said. It's not clear if the two men interacted backstage or behind cameras.


3:25 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

It could be week or longer before Trump develops symptoms from coronavirus, ER doctor says

From CNN Health’s Shelby Lin Erdman

It could be at least a week before President Donald Trump develops symptoms from the coronavirus, former Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen told CNN’s Don Lemon. 

“It is going to take time for us to see what's going to happen with the President and first lady,” Wen, an emergency room physician, said.

“It's going to take maybe a week or so before they may develop symptoms,” she added. “If people were to develop symptoms, between the time they develop symptoms and between the time that they get very ill, we're talking about another week or two weeks after that."

Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus after the President’s top aide Hope Hicks was also diagnosed with the virus. Hicks is experiencing symptoms, according to CNN reporting.

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3:23 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

European stocks fall after Trump says he tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Robert North

European stocks opened lower on Friday after US President Donald Trump said that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus.

The main markets all fell, with the UK FTSE 100, German Dax and French Cac 40 all trading around 1% down in the opening minutes of trade.

The falls come after a big drop in US futures; Dow Futures dropped nearly 400 points as news of the positive tests emerged. 

3:23 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

After the Trumps test positive for Covid-19, here's what CDC guidelines say should happen next

From CNN's Christina Maxouris

After the US President and first lady's positive Covid test, there are many questions going forward -- including who else may have been exposed to the virus and what the presidential couple will need to do now. 

Here's what the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says should happen when someone tests positive for the virus or is exposed to an infected individual.

If you test positive for Covid-19

  • People who have tested positive for Covid-19 need to go into isolation, according to guidance from the CDC updated in August. 
  • Those in isolation should stay home, unless they need to get medical care, and monitor their symptoms, according to the agency. 
  • According to a statement from Trump's physician, both the President and the first lady plan to remain in the White House as they recover while a medical team keeps a "vigilant watch" on them. 
  • According to the CDC, infected individuals should separate themselves from others and stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible, and use a separate bathroom.

When can you leave isolation?

  • The CDC recommends people who tested positive should stay isolated for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and after they've been at least 24 hours fever-less without the help of medications.
  • Symptoms should also be improving before people leave isolation, the CDC said.
  • For those who tested positive but showed no symptoms, the agency said they can be around others after 10 days since their last positive Covid-19 test. 
  • People who are severely immunocompromised, according to the CDC, may require testing before interacting with others.

Who may have been exposed?

According to the CDC, an infected person can spread the virus starting 48 hours before the person has any symptoms or tests positive.

The CDC says close contacts can include: 

  • Anyone who was within 6 feet (1.8 meters) of an infected individual for at least 15 minutes.
  • Anyone who cared for someone who was infected or had direct physical contact, like hugging or kissing.
  • Anyone who shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • Anyone who may have gotten respiratory droplets from an infected individual through something like a sneeze or a cough.

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3:19 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Hawaii expects up to 8,000 visitors a day once new testing program begins

From CNN’s Andy Rose

A cyclist rides along an empty Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 26.
A cyclist rides along an empty Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 26. Ronen Zilberman/AFP/Getty Images

Hawaii is making final preparations for a new program welcoming visitors who test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their travel.

Hawaii's Lt. Gov. Josh Green said Thursday that it’s a first step to getting the US state’s hospitality businesses back on track, but they still anticipate a relatively small number of visitors at first.

“We expect somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 a day, at best,” Green said in a news conference.

The pandemic has paralyzed Hawaii's tourism industry and currently all out-of-state visitors must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Starting on October 15, visitors can bypass that quarantine with a negative test before departure.

The program involves several steps that include travelers registering their results at a state website and getting a QR code to be shown to airport workers upon arrival.

“I know it will not be perfect,” said Green. “Nothing is perfect. We're in a global pandemic.”

Green said they expect Hawaii’s hotel occupancy to remain at less than half of average seasonal levels until at least next February.

3:12 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

What does Trump's diagnosis mean for national security?

Experts cautioned against panic on Thursday night, saying President Donald Trump is likely to recover from the coronavirus -- but others also pointed out that his diagnosis could potentially pose a serious risk to US national security.

Trump and the VP: "We have seen this to be a deadly virus. One of the President's closest friends has died from this virus ... And again, we have seen 200,000-plus Americans die from this virus. So if the President of the United States has it, we should be worried, said Miles Taylor, former chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

"The biggest national security concern is that, in the worst-case scenario, we could be put in a position where the President might be sidelined by this sickness. God forbid it does anything to him or the first lady. But if it did, then you face a constitutional dilemma," Taylor said.

Vice President Mike Pence is likely now preparing for the possibility he will need to take over if Trump is sidelined, Taylor added. "That has enormous ramifications throughout our federal government. And I think that's the biggest concern."

Election danger: There's also a "secondary concern" that this could weaken the US to foreign meddling or attacks, Taylor said.

"Our adversaries who have been actively trying to sow discord in our democracy could take advantage of this. For electoral purposes, to spread disinformation and concern and worry, and also to undermine the confidence of the American people in this election cycle because we are so close to the vote.