- Former Vice-President Joe Biden was tested alongside his wife Jill Biden and both results were negative
- The test results were announced on Friday, October 2, by Biden's primary care physician Kevin O’Connor
- Hours later, Presidents Donald Trump was hospitalised in what White House officials said was out of an abundance of caution
Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 hours after President Donald Trump announced he had contracted it.
The Guardian reported the former vice president was tested alongside his wife Jill Biden who also tested negative for the virus.
The test results were made public by Biden's primary care physician Kevin O’Connor in a statement released by the Biden campaign.
“Former Vice-President Joe Biden and Jill Biden underwent PCR testing for COVID-19 today and the disease was not detected," he said.
"I am reporting this out in my capacity as both Vice-President Biden and Biden’s primary care physician,” he added.
This was later followed with reports that Trump was hospitalised at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where officials said he would spend the next couple of days.
He is said to have walked himself to the helicopter that flew him to the health facility and White House officials said he would be staying there 'out of an abundance of caution'.
The White House further noted on the night of Friday, October 2, that the president was being treated with remdesivir. Trump later tweeted that it was “going well”.
It’s still not clear how and when the head of state was infected with COVID-19.
However, a White House Rose Garden event on Saturday, October 26, announcing Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s supreme court nominee emerged as a key moment.
At least seven Republican politicians and close Trump confidants at the event later announced they had tested positive for the respiratory disease.
First Lady Melania Trump, the president's former adviser Kellyanne Conway, the Notre Dame president, John Jenkins, and a White House reporter also tested positive after the event.
Biden later said the country needed to unite in the face of Trump’s illness.
His campaign said it would be suspending negative ads about Trump, but Biden would continue campaigning for the time being.
Trump’s campaign said it would still run negative ads about Biden.
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