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test positive for ~
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stunning
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plunge ~ into ...
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uncertainty
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COVID-19
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controversy
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U.S. President Donald Trump stands on the balcony as he returns to the White House on Oct. 5, in Washington, after leaving the hospital. (AP)

Trump and first lady contract coronavirus   

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Oct. 2 that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus — a stunning announcement that plunged the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.

Trump, 74, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of the virus, stated that he and his wife Melania were self-isolating, but the president was later taken to hospital. Trump's medical team reported on Oct. 4 that they gave him a steroid typically only recommended for severe cases of COVID-19. Still, the doctors said his health was improving. Trump returned to the White House on Oct. 5.

The morning before leaving hospital, Trump ignited a controversy by tweeting that the nation should not fear the virus. He later took off his mask just before reentering the White House.

Trump's handling of the pandemic has already been a major flash point in his race against Democrat Joe Biden, who spent much of the summer off the campaign trail because of the virus.

Trump has refused to abide by basic public health guidelines such as wearing masks in public and practicing social distancing.

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