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US President Donald Trump will be transferred to a military hospital for treatment after being diagnosed with COVID-19, the White House said on Friday, as his administration and election campaign struggled to adjust to an extraordinary turn in their turbulent presidency.

Trump, 74, will be transferred to a special suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for the next several days as a precaution, said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

“As a precaution, and on the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will work from the presidential offices in Walter Reed for the next few days,” he said in a statement.

Trump has a mild fever, according to a source familiar with the matter. White House physician Sean P. Conley wrote in a memo that he is “tired but in a good mood.”

It was the latest recent setback for the Republican president, who is trailing his Democratic rival Joe Biden in opinion polls ahead of the November 3 presidential election.

Trump, who has downplayed the threat of the coronavirus pandemic from the start, wrote on Twitter early Friday that he and his wife Melania were going into quarantine after testing positive for the virus, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans and It has seriously damaged the American economy.

Trump, an active Twitter user, has not posted a message since.

Trump is at high risk because of his age and weight. He has remained apparently in good health during his time in office, but he is not known to exercise regularly or eat a healthy diet.

Conley said Trump has received a single dose of Regeneron’s cocktail of polyclonal antibodies, a technique used to treat a wide range of diseases.

Data on its effectiveness for COVID-19 is limited, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, US director of infectious diseases, is among those who say it is promising.

Trump is also taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and aspirin on a daily basis.

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