US President Donald Trump has thanked the public for their support as he is admitted to hospital following his positive Covid-19 diagnosis.
The president will travel to a military hospital where he will remain for a “few days” on the advice of medical professionals.
His admission into hospital comes less than 24 hours after he tested positive for coronavirus.
In a short video message posted on social media, Mr Trump thanked well-wishers for their support ahead of his departure from the White House.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
He said: “I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support. I’m going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.
“The First Lady is doing very well, so thank you very much. I appreciate it, I will never forget it.”
Mr Trump had begun to display “mild symptoms” on Thursday after he disclosed that he and his wife Melania had gone into quarantine late on Wednesday.
The US leader was said to be “fatigued but in good spirits”.
A White House spokesperson said in a statement: “President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.
“President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the first lady.”