U.S. president, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump, have contracted the novel Coronavirus.

Mr Trump broke the news through his verified Twitter handle in the early hours of Friday.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Mr Trump tweeted.

The announcement from Mr Trump comes as the campaign heats up for the U.S. presidential election holding in November.

Mr Trump had earlier tweeted that he was awaiting the result of a coronavirus test and would begin the quarantine process after one of his senior advisers, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the virus, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans.