US President Donald Trump has left hospital to continue treatment for Covid-19 at the White House.
Wearing a face mask, he walked from the hospital to a motorcade which took him to Marine One. After the short flight to the White House, he removed his mask and posed for photos, saluting and giving a thumbs up.
Trump was admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
In a tweet some hours before his departure he said he was feeling “really good” and he urged people not to be afraid of the virus, nor to let it dominate their lives.
His announcement came just before a briefing from his doctors, in which White House physician Dr. Sean P. Conley said the president had continued to improve, and had met or exceeded standard discharge criteria.
“Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluations and most importantly his clinical status support the president’s safe return home, where he’ll be surrounded by world class medical care 24/7.”
He would have a fourth dose of the intravenous antiviral drug, remdesivir, at the hospital and the final dose at the White House, the doctors said.
Conley would not say when Trump received his last negative virus test.
The normal quarantine period for anyone testing positive for the novel coronavirus is 14 days.
Trump frequently downplayed the threat of the pandemic which has now infected 7.4 million Americans and killed more than 209,000. In recent days, he released a series of videos to reassure the public he is recovering from the disease caused by the virus.
The coronavirus outbreak around Trump has widened with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany saying she had tested positive for the virus.
In a statement posted on Twitter, McEnany said she was not experiencing any symptoms and would begin quarantining.
“Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday,” McEnany said referring to President Donald Trump’s adviser whose positive test results were revealed last Thursday, hours before Trump announced he and his wife also had contracted the coronavirus.
SOURCE – RADIO NZ