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Taken the same day as the rally, here are:

Counsellor to the president Hope Hicks
Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino
Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations Nicholas Luna
Senior Adviser to the President of the United States Jared Kushner
Senior Adviser to the President Stephen Miller

From left, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations Nicholas Luna, Senior Adviser to the President of the United States Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser to the President Stephen Miller, and counselor to President Hope Hicks walk to board Marine One with President Donald Trump at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base en route to Minnesota. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

If you’re just joining us, Hicks has also tested positive for coronavirus.

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Here is a photograph from Trump’s rally in Minnesota on Wednesday – a tightly packed crowd and very few masks:

Supporters of Donald Trump attend a campaign rally in Duluth, Minnesota. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

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The White House has updated the president’s schedule for tomorrow. It has mostly been cleared, but Trump still plans to “host a phone call on Covid-19 support for vulnerable seniors”, it says:

Andrew deGrandpre
(@adegrandpre)

The White House just released an updated press schedule for tomorrow. President Trump’s only scheduled event is “a phone call on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors.” pic.twitter.com/Nbm1PWB70I

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Australia’s coronavirus expert Dr Norman Swan (Australia’s Dr Fauci) says that at the president’s age of 74 the mortality rate is 5-12%.

But, he says, that obesity (the president is just over the line as obese in his last medical check) increases the risk by an extra 40%, increasing the risk of death to between about 7-18%.

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Here once again is Trump mocking Biden for wearing a mask:

Brian Tyler Cohen
(@briantylercohen)

Here’s Trump mocking Biden for wearing a mask at the debate on Tuesday. He traveled to that debate with Hope Hicks, who has tested positive for coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/MvFs3HR2Z3

October 2, 2020

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Who takes over if Trump and Pence fall ill?

Under the Presidential Succession Act, vice-president Mike Pence would step in if Trump was unable to serve.

If Pence was also unable to serve, the next in line for power of the presidency would then pass to House speaker Nancy Pelosi. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in May the administration was not preparing for the possibility that Pelosi might need to step in.

A reminder that Trump and Pence appeared together at the White House Rose Garden on Monday.

Helen Sullivan
(@helenrsullivan)

Trump and Pence at the Rose Garden on Monday: pic.twitter.com/KiIweNvK5u

October 2, 2020

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The editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times says: “President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the Covid-19. The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation. It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his re-election”:

Hu Xijin 胡锡进
(@HuXijin_GT)

President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19. The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation. It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his reelection.

October 2, 2020

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The Guardian has not yet verified this, but MSNBC is reporting the following travel contacts for Hope Hicks. The list includes Trump family members Ivanka, Erik, Lara and Tiffany Trump as well as Jared Kushner:

Acyn Torabi
(@Acyn)

MSNBC put together a list 👀 pic.twitter.com/oyYx14DQFe

October 2, 2020

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Pence responds

Vice President Mike Pence has tweeted saying he and his wife are sending “love and prayers” to Trump and Melania:

Mike Pence
(@Mike_Pence)

Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.

October 2, 2020

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And here is what we don’t know

Whether Pence is infected. CNN medical analyst Dr Jonathan Reiner said on Thursday that House speaker Nancy Pelosi should be in isolation because it is possible that both Trump and vice president Mike Pence could become ill, in which case she would likely need to step in. It is not clear-cut what the rules would be in this case. In May the Washington Post asked the question and found that, under the rules of a 1947 act, “The speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate would be next in the line of succession, followed by the members of the Cabinet, beginning with the secretary of state.”

How long Trump, Melania and Hicks have had the virus for and exactly which White House staff she has had close contact with. According to the World Health Organization, it takes five or six days on average from when someone is infected until symptoms show, but it can take 14 days. It appears Hicks began to feel ill on Wednesday.

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Summary

Here is what we know so far:

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus. The news came after one of the president’s most senior advisers, Hope Hicks, tested positive on Thursday. Trump broke the news on Twitter.
Hicks had flown with the president on Air Force One earlier on Wednesday and accompanied him to the first presidential debate against Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio.
Trump confirmed on Fox News on Thursday evening that he and First Lady Melania Trump were awaiting the results of coronavirus tests following Hicks’s positive test.
Trump’s doctor confirmed that the president and first lady would “remain at home within the White House during their convalescence”. How long this convalescence lasts will depend on how ill the pair get. Even if Trump tests negative within the next 14 days, he will almost certainly be unable to attend rallies in three key states – Wisconsin, Florida and Arizona – as well as the next presidential debate, which is scheduled for 15 October.
The CDC guidelines for people who have tested positive state that they should inform all close contacts.
If Trump becomes too ill to lead the country, vice president Mike Pence will be placed in charge. If Pence is also incapacitated, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be the most likely person to take over.
Pence attended a White House coronavirus task force briefing with Trump on Monday. Pence did not attend the presidential debate.
Hicks is not the only White House staffer to have contracted the virus. Katie Miller, press secretary to the vice-president, who is married to Trump’s adviser Stephen Miller, has recovered from Covid-19. One of Trump’s personal valets also tested positive for coronavirus, in May:

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Trump cancels rally in Arizona

Trump has cancelled Friday’s rally in Arizona:

World News Tonight
(@ABCWorldNews)

NEW: In light of Pres. Trump’s positive coronavirus test, the president has canceled Friday’s rally. His only scheduled event is a closed press call on COVID-19 support to “vulnerable seniors.” https://t.co/27SZo2Fus3

October 2, 2020

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