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Chinese President Xi Jinping sends a message of sympathy to Donald Trump

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Trump has blamed China, where the coronavirus outbreak began in December, of mishandling the outbreak and allowing it to spread.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of sympathy Saturday to U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump following their coronavirus diagnosis, state TV reported.

"My wife, Peng Liyuan, and I express our sympathies to you and your wife and wish you a fast recovery," state TV on its website cited the message as saying.

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China's president Xi Jinping with US president Donald Trump.

Chinese-U.S. relations have tumbled to their lowest point in decades amid disputes over trade, technology, security, Beijing's tightening of control over Hong Kong and complaints about abuses in China's Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang.

Trump has blamed China, where the coronavirus outbreak began in December, of mishandling the outbreak and allowing it to spread.

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News that Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 was met Friday morning by experts quick to emphasise that the President will likely make a full recovery.

But it's worth noting that Trump is among those at greater risk of severe illness or complications from the coronavirus: He's 74 years old and is considered obese based on his height and weight. And he takes a statin to help control his cholesterol.

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Donald Trump walking to Marine One as he heads to hospital.

The President headed to Walter Reed Medical Centre Friday evening. He has had a fever since Friday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Earlier, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters that Trump had "mild symptoms." Other people who interacted with him Thursday said his voice sounded hoarse, though some assumed he'd strained it during recent campaign rallies.

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On Friday afternoon, the President's physician Dr Sean Conley said in a White House letter that Trump received an antibody cocktail - an investigational treatment from the biotechnology company Regeneron - and had taken zinc, vitamin D, the heartburn drug famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin.

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Marine One leaves the White House to take Donald Trump to hospital.

"Chances are the President will make a complete recovery," said Dr Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst and former Baltimore health commissioner, adding that 40 per cent of those who contract COVID-19 develop no symptoms at all and will recover.

"That said, we have a long road ahead of us potentially when it comes to seeing whether he develops symptoms and also whether he becomes severely ill," she said.

Source: 9News

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