World reacts to coronavirus diagnosis
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have managed to avoid catching coronavirus despite their close proximity to Donald Trump.
Mr Pence’s press secretary Devin O’Malley revealed the VP had tested negative Friday morning, US time, and had been getting daily coronavirus tests for months.
The negative test came just hours after President Donald Trump and his wife Melania tested positive for coronavirus.
Taking to Twitter on Friday, just before 1am local time for the president, Mr Trump confirmed the couple were self-isolating at the White House.
“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote.
Mr Trump is believed to have caught the virus from Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest advisers who travelled on Air Force One with him from the presidential debate on Tuesday and to his Minnesota rally on Wednesday.
Everyone seems to have an opinion about the president’s diagnosis, who has long been accused of not taking coronavirus seriously.
A handful of world leaders have already reached out to the president, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has reportedly messaged Mr Trump privately.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the Trumps a “quick recovery”.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who caught coronavirus earlier this year and suffered from it so severely he was admitted to intensive care, also wished the Trumps well.
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Russia wished Mr Trump a “speedy recovery”, just like India and the UK.
“Of course we wish President Trump a speedy and easy recovery,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
Russian President Vladimir Putin echoed his spokesman’s message and said he was sure the US leader’s “qualities” would help him fight off coronavirus.
“I am convinced that your vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with this dangerous virus,” the Kremlin quoted Mr Putin as saying.
EU chief Charles Michel also wished the Trumps well.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization,
Dr Ghebreyesus has spent months pleading with Mr Trump to take the virus seriously as the US lost tens of thousands of people to the illness. More than 208,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, with 7.31 million cases confirmed.
During the presidential debate on Tuesday, Mr Trump was asked whether he believed in the efficacy of masks, a question he used to mock his opposition Joe Biden.
“I wear masks when needed. I don’t wear masks like him,” Mr Trump said, motioning towards Mr Biden.
“Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”
That snide comment was quickly jumped on by Twitter after the president tested positive.
Others simply wished the president a speedy recovery with one labelling Mr Trump’s diagnosis a “nightmare” and “total failure” by the White House team.
Mr Trump, who is 74 years old, is at high risk of developing severe coronavirus symptoms due to his age.
Melania, who is 24 years younger than the president and not as high risk, said she and her husband were “feeling good”.
And of course there were plenty of reactions relating to bleach after the president seemed to suggest injecting the toxic chemical might have an effect on coronavirus.
Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles was slammed for making a similar joke about bleach as his Twitter followers labelled him “tasteless” and “offensive”.
“From a health minister this is disgusting,” one follower added.
Even Telstra decided to weigh in, making a joke about 5G after conspiracy theorists claimed coronavirus was spread by telecommunication towers transmitting 5G.