Biden and wife Jill test negative for Covid-19, wish Trump and Melania a 'swift recovery'

The Democratic nominee made the announcement on Twitter on Friday morning, October 2, shortly after he tweeted his good wishes for the Trumps


                            Biden and wife Jill test negative for Covid-19, wish Trump and Melania a 'swift recovery'
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Former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, and his wife Jill Biden have tested negative for Covid-19. The Democratic nominee made the announcement on Twitter on Friday, October 2, morning shortly after he tweeted his good wishes for the Trumps. The Bidens were tested for Covid-19 after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with the highly infectious virus on Thursday, October 1. 

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Biden took to his Twitter to write: "I'm happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative for Covid-19. Thank you to everyone for your messages of concern. I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance and wash your hands."

Hours before announcing their reports, the former vice president had wished swift recovery for the Trumps, writing: "Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family." The Bidens and the Trumps had come into proximity with one another during Tuesday's 2020 presidential debate.

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The Bidens' report came shortly after it was announced that Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence had tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Press Secretary Devin O'Malley. White House advisor Hope Hicks also confirmed that she has tested positive for the virus. O'Malley, in a tweet, wrote: "As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for Covid-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for Covid-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery."

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Hours before Trump and the First Lady tested positive for Covid-19, the president had addressed the nation in a "raspy" voice, stating that the end of the coronavirus pandemic was "in sight." Trump, during the annual AI Smith dinner on Thursday, October 1, had said: "Through advances in treatment, we have reduced the fatality rate by 85 percent since just April." The event, this year, was held online as a precautionary measure considering the pandemic.

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"We're on track to develop and distribute our vaccine before the end of the year, maybe substantially before. And I just want to say that the end of the pandemic is in sight," the president had said at the event. However, within hours, the first couple confirmed that they had tested positive for Covid-19 and that they would quarantine together.

Trump tweeted, "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for Covid-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" Melania soon wrote a similar message to her followers on Twitter, writing: "As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for Covid-19. We are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together."

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A White House source, while speaking to Fox News, said that Trump and the First Lady are feeling "fine" and are currently in the quarantine process at the White House. According to officials, the last time Pence and Trump came in close contact was on Tuesday morning, September 29, in the Oval Office.

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