Donald and Melania Trump Speak at a Campaign Rally in Erie, Pennsylvania

Clay Curtis
October 21, 2020

First lady Melania Trump walks toward her seat ahead of the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020.

US President Donald Trump's wife Melania is cancelling a rare joint appearance with him at a campaign rally Tuesday (Oct 20) due to a "lingering cough" following her infection with the coronavirus, a spokeswoman said.

Melania Trump's return to the campaign trail has been put on hold because of a lingering cough from her bout with COVID-19. But the first lady has remained out of sight, even after announcing last week that she had recovered. More than 58,000 Americans a day are testing positive for the virus, and more than 700 a day are dying from the disease. The first lady's case was described as having been considerably milder.

She also revealed the couple's 14-year-old son, Barron, also had contracted the virus, but never had symptoms.

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However, last week she revealed details of the illness in an unusual statement entitled "My Personal Experience with COVID-19" in which she said the aftermath had been hard. However, Grisham also said that Trump's condition has improved since she tested positive on October 2. "He has since tested negative".

Grisham said that the first lady will not travel with the president to an event in Erie, Pennsylvania, to exercise some vigilance.

© Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this August 27, 2020 file photo, Barron Trump right, stands with President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in Washington.

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