President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, adding Trump to a short list of world leaders who have contracted the virus. Questions are already swirling about how the diagnosis might affect the U.S. election. Vice President Mike Pence, first in line to take over should it be necessary, and second lady Karen Pence both tested negative Friday morning.
Here are some of the major developments on Friday:
The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:
- Global cases: More than 34.5 million
- Global deaths: At least 1.02 million
- U.S. cases: More than 7.33 million
- U.S. deaths: At least 208,695
Trump a 'resilient character,' UK's Boris Johnson says
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave an upbeat tone when asked about the U.S. president's recovery on Saturday.
Speaking to U.K. media, Johnson, who himself had a severe bout of Covid-19 earlier this year and was placed in an ICU for three nights, said: "I've no doubt that he will, he'll make a very strong recovery."
"He's a naturally obviously very resilient character and I'm sure he'll come through it very well." —Matt Clinch
China's Xi sends best wishes to Trump
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has reportedly sent a message of sympathy to the U.S. president and the first lady. State media in China said Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan had wished the presidential couple a quick recovery from Covid-19. —Matt Clinch
The close contacts affected so far
The list of close contacts to the U.S. president that have tested positive for the virus continues to grow. Campaign manager Bill Stepien was the latest case to be announced, late Friday, as well as Kellyanne Conway, a former counselor to President Donald Trump.
Others who have tested positive include Sens. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, and Mike Lee, of Utah. Earlier on Friday, it was reported that Republican Nation Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.
Trump's own diagnosis came just hours after the president said he would begin a quarantine process after top aide Hope Hicks tested positive. —Matt Clinch
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien tests positive for coronavirus
President Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien has tested positive for coronavirus, Trump Campaign Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh confirmed Friday. The news was first reported by Politico.
Stepien announced the news to his team in an email, which was obtained by NBC News, saying that he would continue working on the campaign from home until he gets the "green light" to be back in the office.
"Team, earlier today I tested positive for COVID. I feel fine and will be back in the office as soon as I am given the green light," Stepien said. "In the meantime I'll be managing from home.
"Just as he always has, President Trump trusts that we will work as hard as we can to share his record of success to the American people. I will still be doing that, and I know you will too during the homestretch."
Stepien traveled with Trump to and from Cleveland for the debate. —Riya Bhattacharjee
Kellyanne Conway, Trump's former senior advisor, tests positive
Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to President Donald Trump, tweeted that she has tested positive for coronavirus.
"Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I'm feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians," Conway said on Twitter. "As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic."
The former top Trump aide was involved in debate preparations, NBC News reported.
Conway is the 7th known attendee at Saturday's White House event where Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to have tested positive for Covid-19. Others who tested positive included Sens. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, and Mike Lee, of Utah.
Conway's daughter broke the news that her mother had tested positive for coronavirus on TikTok, complaining about the fact that she had attended the event. —Riya Bhattacharjee
Trump family members test negative for Covid-19
Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner, a senior White House advisor, tested negative for Covid-19, according to a White House spokesperson.
Trump's son, Eric Trump, and his wife, Lara Trump, tested negative for coronavirus, according to a statement posted by Lara Trump on Twitter.
Barron Trump, 14, the son of President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, has tested negative for the virus, a spokesperson for the first lady told CNN.
—Hannah Miao, Riya Bhattacharjee
Sen. Thom Tillis, who attended Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination, tests positive
Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina has tested positive for coronavirus but is asymptomatic, his office said in a statement. Tillis said he will be quarantining for 10 days.
"Over the last few months, I've been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive," Tillis said. "I will be following the recommendations of my doctor and will be self-isolating at home for 10 days and notifying those I've been in close contact with."
Tillis was at the White House on Sunday when President Trump made the announcement that he would be nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"Thankfully, I have no symptoms and I feel well. As we all know, COVID-19 is a very contagious and deadly virus, especially because many carriers are asymptomatic," Tillis said. —Riya Bhattacharjee
Trump talks about his condition in video post — 'I think I'm doing very well'
President Trump posted a brief video to his Twitter account this evening, thanking the public for their support and expressing optimism about his condition.
"I think I'm doing very well but we're going to make sure things work out," Trump said. "The First Lady is doing very well. Thank you very much. I appreciate it, I will never forget it. "
Trump treated with experimental antibody cocktail
President Donald Trump is being treated with an experimental antibody cocktail, developed by the pharmaceutical company Regeneron, under a so-called compassionate-use request.
Regeneron confirmed it has provided a single 8 gram dose of REGN-COV2 for use by Trump. The cocktail is currently in clinical trials to determine whether it's effective for treating and preventing Covid-19.
Results from the first 275 patients have shown a reduction in viral levels and improved symptoms in mild-to-moderate cases of Covid-19, according to the company.
Regeneron grants compassionate use requests, which are submitted by treating physicians, under "rare, exceptional circumstances on a -case-by-case-basis."
White House physician Sean Conley first revealed Trump had taken the drug. The president has also been taking taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin, according to Conley. —Spencer Kimball
Trump taken to Walter Reed after experiencing mild symptoms
President Donald Trump is being taken to Walter Reed Medical Center "out of an abundance of caution" at the recommendation of his physician after experiencing mild symptoms from coronavirus, according to the White House.
Trump remains in good spirits and will work from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
Here is the full statement from the press secretary:
"President Trump remains in good spirts, 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." —Kayleigh McEnany
Cleveland announces 11 coronavirus cases connected to presidential debate
The city of Cleveland announced 11 positive cases of coronavirus related to Tuesday's presidential debate, WKYC reports. The announcement comes after news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19.
The city says the cases stemmed from "pre-debate planning and set-up."
"It is important to note that everyone affiliated with the debate – with credentials to be in the event perimeter - was tested upon arrival. Only those with negative test results were allowed within the pavilion," the city said in a statement.
Cleveland Clinic said earlier today that candidates and individuals traveling with candidates were tested by their respective campaigns, not by the Clinic itself. —Hannah Miao
GOP donors ‘freaking out’ after coming close to Trump at fundraiser hours before his positive Covid-19 test
Republican donors who attended President Donald Trump's fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club panicked after being around the commander in chief hours before he announced that he was infected with the coronavirus.
GOP donors were reaching out to Trump campaign and GOP officials for any guidance following the event, according to a person briefed on the matter.
"The donors have been texting and calling. Freaking out," the person with direct knowledge said. This person declined to be named as the conversations were deemed private.
About 30 to 50 donors came close to the president Thursday night, this person added, while noting most of the interaction with Trump took place outdoors.
Later Friday, donors who attended the gathering were sent an email with updated guidance. The email, signed only by "Trump Victory," reminds them that no one was permitted within six feet of the president and advises them to contact their doctor if they start feeling coronavirus symptoms. —Brian Schwartz
Negative tests for those in close contact of Trump, Hicks don't mean much yet, expert says
Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm told CNBC that people who attended the presidential debate on Tuesday and were in close contact to individuals who have since tested positive for the coronavirus need to be cautious in the days ahead.
He also told "Power Lunch" that the same is true for people who attended President Donald Trump's rally Wednesday in Minnesota. Trump announced early Friday morning that he tested positive. White House advisor Hope Hicks also tested positive.
"All the people who said they were at the debate or at the rally here in Minnesota, or at a fundraiser here in Minnesota this week, none of those tests really are that meaningful to me yet by saying they're negative," said Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
"These are individuals that can surely turn up positive over the next several days from that exposure this week," he added. —Kevin Stankiewicz
'Massively concerning' jobs report raises fears about recovery
September's disappointing jobs report is fueling concern that the nascent economic recovery is hitting a plateau. The nonfarm payrolls growth of 661,000 was below Dow Jones estimates of 800,000 and sent a signal that trouble could be brewing.
"This report is massively concerning," said Nick Bunker, economic research director at job placement site Indeed. Economist say the need for more stimulus is pressing.
"This seems to be confirmation that the pace of recovery is headed into a new phase," said Kathy Jones, head of fixed income at Charles Schwab. –Jeff Cox
Trump campaign events to be virtual or postponed after president tests positive
The Trump campaign said that all events on its schedule involving President Donald Trump will be either temporarily postponed or held virtually following the president's Covid-19 diagnosis.
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement that previously scheduled events involving members of Trump's family "are also being temporarily postponed."
"All other campaign events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we will make any relevant announcements in the days ahead," Stepien said.
The campaign chief noted that Vice President Mike Pence, who tested negative for Covid-19 on Friday morning, will continue to campaign in accordance with his schedule. —Kevin Breuninger
HHS chief says herd immunity 'not the strategy of the U.S. government'
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told lawmakers that allowing the coronavirus to circulate through the U.S. population unchecked in an effort to achieve herd immunity "is not the strategy" of the nation's government.
Azar's comments were in response to a question from Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who asked the HHS chief if he agreed with White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas, who has pushed the idea of herd immunity.
The nation's top health officials have warned against the strategy. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said that it would result in an "enormous" death toll. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
Here’s how the coronavirus affects patients like Trump
President Donald Trump's health profile, at 74 years old, clinically obese and male, puts him at higher risk for a potentially severe case of Covid-19.
Many people who test positive for the virus will never develop any notable symptoms or only develop a mild case of the disease, but data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that odds of becoming severely sick increase with age and the presence of underlying conditions like obesity.
Dr. Leana Wen, former Baltimore City Health Commissioner, said that despite these risk factors, the chances are the president will recover, as most patients do. But the question remains of how sick Trump will become.
"It sounds like he's having some symptoms, but he may well have bouts that do not progress," she said, adding that many patients' "condition deteriorates after a week."
"So we should not feel reassured if the president initially seems OK, because there is still a long time for us to wait to see what the trajectory of his disease is." —Will Feuer
Pence steps in for Trump on conference call, only event on president's schedule today
President Donald Trump asked Vice President Mike Pence to lead a conference call on support for vulnerable seniors during the coronavirus pandemic, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News.
The call, scheduled for 12:15 p.m., was the only event on the president's public agenda Friday. It's not clear why Trump asked Pence to lead the call, though the president is currently experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive for coronavirus.
White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo that he expects Trump to "continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering." White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Trump is in "good spirits." —Spencer Kimball
Debate host Cleveland Clinic says there is 'low risk of exposure' to guests
Cleveland Clinic, health advisor to the Commission on Presidential Debates and host of Tuesday's presidential debate, said Friday that it believes there is "low risk of exposure" of coronavirus to debate attendees.
The statement comes after President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and senior White House aide Hope Hicks — who all attended Tuesday's debate — tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
The medical center maintained that every individual permitted inside the debate hall tested negative for coronavirus prior to entry.
"Individuals traveling with both candidates, including the candidates themselves, had been tested and tested negative by their respective campaigns," the statement said, suggesting those negative tests were confirmed by candidates' campaigns and not the Clinic itself.
Cleveland Clinic said it implemented requirements that aligned with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including temperature checks, hand sanitizing, social distancing and masks.
Despite the Clinic's protocols, NBC News reported that members of Trump's family entered the debate hall without wearing masks. Reporters from NBC News and Bloomberg News witnessed a Cleveland Clinic doctor reminding Trump guests to wear masks while the attendees reportedly refused.
"Out of an abundance of caution we are reaching out to our guests to address any questions and concerns," the Clinic said. —Hannah Miao
Trump's diagnosis unlikely to spur 'sympathy vote' ahead of election, analyst says
President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis is unlikely to affect his vote share in the 2020 election, a political analyst told CNBC.
"I don't think really that anything is going to have a big impact in terms of changing the polling numbers in favor of Trump or Biden at this point," Cailin Birch of The Economist Intelligence Unit told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe."
While Birch mentions the possibility of a "sympathy vote," she said she was unsure "that it will have any real sort of impact."
Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic has drawn sharp criticism. Last month, the president claimed without evidence the disease "affects virtually nobody." —Hannah Miao
Pelosi is optimistic about coronavirus relief: 'We'll get the job done'
While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have failed to break an impasse over more coronavirus stimulus, the Democratic leader insists the pair can find agreement.
"We'll find our middle ground. We're legislators. We'll get the job done," the California Democrat told MSNBC.
House Democrats passed their $2.2 trillion bill Thursday night. The vote followed a phone call between Pelosi and Mnuchin, during which the sides did not strike a deal but agreed to keep negotiating. Mnuchin has put forward a $1.6 trillion offer.
Pelosi took one significant step Friday, opening the door to a standalone bill to send aid to airlines threatening to furlough thousands of workers. She said Congress would move to quickly provide payroll funds, whether through a possible bipartisan relief package crafted with Mnuchin or a separate plan that only addresses money for airline payrolls. —Jacob Pramuk
WHO wishes Trump, first lady a 'full and swift recovery'
The World Health Organization's top official wished President Donald Trump and Melania Trump "a full and swift recovery" after the president and first lady tested positive for the coronavirus.
"Overnight we heard that the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, and first lady, Melania Trump, tested positive for Covid-19," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference. "I want to start today by wishing them both a full and swift recovery."
The president has been highly critical of the WHO's response to the pandemic, calling the international agency "China-centric" and blaming it for advising against China travel bans early in the outbreak. In May, Trump announced his intentions to leave the organization amid the pandemic, citing what he called the WHO's misuse of funding and its cozy relationship with China. –Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
Joe Biden tests negative for Covid-19
Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and his wife Jill, tested negative for Covid-19 after potential exposure from President Donald Trump, who announced his coronavirus diagnosis early Friday.
The former Vice President and his wife underwent PCR testing for Covid-19 that did not detect the virus, the Bidens' primary care physician said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Biden and Trump participated in the first presidential debate indoors and without wearing masks, although the two maintained their distance.
"I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands," Biden said on Twitter. —Hannah Miao
Trump isn’t the first sitting president to contract a virus in middle of a pandemic
President Donald Trump isn't the first sitting U.S. president to contract a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus in the middle of a pandemic.
In fact, former President Woodrow Wilson became ill with the 1918 flu while in Paris organizing a peace treaty and the League of Nations following World War I, said Howard Markel, a physician and medical historian at the University of Michigan.
Wilson would go on to have symptoms such as headache, high fever, cough and runny nose, Markel said. Many of Wilson's aides would also contract the flu, including his chief of staff, he added.
For Wilson, the virus "took his toll on him," Markel said. "That can have neurologic and long-term complications. And he was already at the time-traveling and living on a train and giving five to 10 speeches a day. That's not healthy." —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
U.S. new vehicle sales recovering from depths of the pandemic
Sales of new vehicles in the U.S. were only down about 10% in the third quarter, marking a significant turnaround from the previous three months when the pandemic forced a nationwide shutdown of auto plants and forced dealers to shutter showrooms.
Much of the comeback has been from sales to consumers instead of companies or government agencies, also known as fleet customers, according to auto executives.
Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, told CNBC on Friday he's "cautiously optimistic" regarding vehicle sales in the fourth quarter.
Heading into the final three months of the year, Ford's sales were down 17.5% from the same time in 2019, including a 4.9% decline in the third quarter. GM's sales during that time were down 17.4%, while Fiat Chrysler was down about 20%. —Michael Wayland
Pelosi: Continuity of government is 'always in place' after Trump tests positive
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the continuity of government remains in place following President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis.
Pelosi, 80, who is second in line to assume the duties of the presidency, said on MSNBC that "out of an abundance of caution" she was tested for the virus Friday morning, but has yet to receive her results.
Pelosi said she had not been contacted by the White House about the subject of succession.
"But that is an ongoing, not with the White House but with the military, quite frankly, in terms of the — some officials in the government," she said.
"Let us just all pray for the president's health — thank God the vice president has tested negatively and the second lady, as well," Pelosi added. "So again, that continuity of government is always in place." —Kevin Breuninger
Southwest CEO warns job, wage cuts possible after talks for more aid fail
Southwest Airlines doesn't expect to cut jobs this year, thanks to thousands of employees who took leaves of absence and buyouts, but a lack of federal aid and a weak air travel market could change that later on.
Executives are holding out some hope that lawmakers and the White House can reach an agreement on a national coronavirus aid package that would include airline aid — or that a standalone airline aid bill is passed — though after talks broke down for the relief package, the chances for that are slipping.
Absent another $25 billion in aid that would preserve jobs through March 31, Southwest "will be forced to find a way further reduce our spending, reduce our salaries, wages and benefits, specifically, by seeking concessions or as a last resort, layoffs and furloughs," CEO Gary Kelly told employees in a video message Thursday evening. --Leslie Josephs
Cramer says he's closing his restaurants and will reopen them 'when we get a vaccine'
CNBC's Jim Cramer said he is closing his New York City restaurants in 10 days due to the pandemic, but with intentions of reopening them "when we get a vaccine."
An owner in two Brooklyn restaurants, Cramer said on "Squawk on the Street" he will continue paying rent while they're shuttered. The "Mad Money" host cited the financial challenges of operating the restaurants with reduced capacity and expressed concern about the safety of keeping them open.
"The combination of the air-flow issues, and the fact we don't have a vaccine" factored into the decision, said Cramer.
"Look, we were the last ones that tried it. There's still a couple that were able to that have lots of outdoor space," Cramer said, referencing the expanded outdoor dining program in New York City. "But we are so not alone. I think about 50% of people are in our same situation." —Kevin Stankiewicz
Manhattan apartment sales tumble 46% as buyers flow to the suburbs
Manhattan apartment sales dropped by 46% in the third quarter, as homebuyers continued to move to the suburbs and Florida, reports CNBC's Robert Frank.
There are now about 10,000 apartments for sale in Manhattan, according to Compass.
The inventory of unsold apartments, which would be a record, continues to rise in a city that already had a glut of high-end apartments before the pandemic. The current supply of luxury apartments for sale would take nearly three years to sell, according to a report from Miller Samuel and Douglas Elliman.
There were a total of 1,375 sales in the third quarter, down 44% from a year earlier. Signed contracts for September fell 42% in Manhattan from last year, according to Miller Samuel. —Melodie Warner
Cramer says 'ultimate takeaway' of Trump's diagnosis is masks are essential
CNBC's Jim Cramer, a proponent of mask-wearing, told CNBC he hopes President Donald Trump's positive Covid-19 test convinces more Americans to wear face-coverings to help prevent the spread of the virus.
"Masks are the only hope we really have, particularly indoors," Cramer said. "Maybe the notion that you're somehow 'not tough' [if you] wear a mask goes away."
"If you try to reopen the economy aggressively without masks, without more discipline on social distancing, well it's going to fail," he added. "That's really the ultimate takeaway of what happened with the president being infected with Covid."
Trump, who generally eschewed mask-wearing and downplayed the virus, mocked Democratic nominee Joe Biden about his face covering at Tuesday night's first presidential debate. —Kevin Stankiewicz
Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett tests negative for Covid-19
Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has tested negative for Covid-19, according to a White House spokesperson.
Judge Barrett was last in contact with Trump on Saturday when the president announced his nomination. —Hannah Miao
President Trump experiencing 'mild' Covid-19 symptoms after diagnosis
President Donald Trump is experiencing "mild symptoms" after testing positive for Covid-19, a White House official told NBC News.
According to NBC News, Trump is "in good spirits" and spoke to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows this morning.
The White House is discussing whether Trump will address the nation regarding his diagnosis. —Hannah Miao
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Sen. Harris wishes Trump 'a full and speedy recovery'
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris wished President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump "a full and speedy recovery" on Twitter.
"We're keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts," Harris wrote.
Her post comes after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also offered his regards to the president.
Harris is scheduled to participate in the vice presidential debate next Wednesday against Vice President Mike Pence, who tested negative for Covid-19 this morning. —Hannah Miao
RNC Chairwoman McDaniel tested positive for Covid-19
Republican Nation Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
McDaniel last came in contact with President Donald Trump last Friday and "has been in Michigan since then," Haberman said.
Less than an hour before the news broke of McDaniel's diagnosis, she wished the president a "speedy recover" on Twitter:
Mortgages joining coronavirus bailout program jump after declining for six straight weeks
After more than a month of improvement, more borrowers entered government and private-sector coronavirus-related mortgage bailout programs.
The number rose by 21,000 in the past week, according to Black Knight. Loans held on bank balance sheets and in private label securities saw the biggest gains, with FHA and VA loans to a lesser extent.
About 3.6 million homeowners remain in pandemic-related forbearance plans, or 6.8% of all active mortgages. —Diana Olick
Dow falls more than 400 points at open after Trump tests positive
U.S. stocks dropped at the open after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 420 points, or 1.4%. The S&P 500 fell 1.4%, while the Nasdaq Composite declined 1.8%, reports CNBC's Yun Li, Eustance Huang and Pippa Stevens. —Melodie Warner
World leaders react to Trump's coronavirus diagnosis
Leaders around the world reacted to President Donald Trump testing positive for Covid-19, CNBC's Silvia Amaro reported.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, "My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus." Johnson himself recovered from Covid-19 earlier this year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wished Trump a speedy recovery in a telegram to the White House, according to local news agencies.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished his "friend" a fast recovery in a tweet:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel send her best wishes to the president and First Lady, a spokesperson for the German government told Reuters.
European Council President Charles Michel emphasized that Covid-19 is a "battle we all continue to fight" on Twitter:
Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has been strongly criticized by Trump during the pandemic, also sent the president his best wishes:
Bob Iger resigns from California Gov. Newsom's economic task force
Disney Chairman Bob Iger resigned from California Gov. Gavin Newsom's economic task force on Thursday, just two days after the entertainment company announced 28,000 layoffs at its U.S. parks business.
The resignation comes as California was set to issue new guidance that would allow theme parks like Disneyland to reopen, but with strict conditions.
The guidelines have not been formally announced, but would reportedly include a 25% cap on attendance and limit visitors to people living within a certain distance of the parks. Advance reservations and face coverings would also be mandatory.
The California Attractions and Parks Association wasn't keen on the new guidelines, urging the governor to work with park operators before finalizing its guidance. —Sarah Whitten
Biden wishes Trump and first lady a 'swift recovery'
Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, wished President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump a "swift recovery" after the president and first lady tested positive for Covid-19.
"We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family," Biden tweeted.
Biden has yet to announce his Covid-19 test results. Trump and Biden appeared in-person and indoors without wearing masks for the first presidential debate on Tuesday. —Hannah Miao
U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin test negative for Covid-19
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has tested negative for Covid-19 this morning as a part of daily testing protocol, according to his spokesperson. His spokesperson said Mnuchin will "continue to be tested daily."
Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., met in person Wednesday to discuss the fifth coronavirus relief package. —Hannah Miao
U.S. jobs rose by a less-than-expected 661,000 in September
Nonfarm payrolls rose by 661,000 in September, less than the 800,000 increase expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones, reports CNBC's Jeff Cox.
In the final jobs report before the November election, the Labor Department said the unemployment rate was 7.9%, better than the 8.2% estimate. —Melodie Warner
Vice President Mike Pence and second lady test negative for coronavirus
Hours after President Donald Trump announced he and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence both tested negative, reports CNBC's Kevin Breuninger.
"This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery," said Devin O'Malley, the vice president's press secretary, in a tweet.
Pence is first in line for the presidency. —Melodie Warner
Gottlieb: White House doctors 'probably considering' remdesivir for Trump
The former FDA chief in the Trump administration said in a "Squawk Box" interview, "Remdesivir is indicated for hospitalized patients. But there is thinking that it probably improves outcomes" when given earlier.
Trump, 74, tweeted at 12:54 a.m. ET that he and first lady Melania Trump, 50, tested positive for Covid-19, hours after the president said he would begin a quarantine process after White House advisor Hope Hicks, 31, tested positive for coronavirus. —Matthew J. Belvedere
Trump joins a short list of world leaders to become infected
U.S. President Donald Trump is the latest in a short list of world leaders to become infected with the coronavirus, after revealing a positive test result early Friday morning.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracted the virus in April and quickly fell severely ill, spending several days in intensive care and at one point receiving oxygen. Johnson later thanked the country's National Health Service staff for saving his life, according to the Associated Press.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced in July that he had contracted the virus and that he was taking the controversial malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat his illness.
Other heads of state who have contracted the virus include the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and Belarus, the Associated Press reports. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the ruler of the Mediterannean city-state, was the first head of state to publicly announce being infected, according to the AP. —Sara Salinas