UPDATE 1-Former New Jersey governor Christie checks into hospital after testing positive for coronavirus

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Oct 3 (Reuters) - Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie said on Saturday that he was checking himself into a hospital as a precautionary measure after testing positive for coronavirus.

“In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon,” Christie said on Twitter.

“While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure.”

Earlier in the day, Christie confirmed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Christie, an adviser to President Donald Trump, is one of several allies of the president who have tested positive for the virus in recent days. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Dan Grebler)