Monday, 26 Oct 2020

Donald Trump says he’s ‘feeling well’ in new video during coronavirus fight

Donald Trump has promised "I'll be back" after coronavirus struck him down in the middle of his presidential re-election campaign.

Trump was flown to Walter Reed hospital on Friday, just hours after he first revealed he tested positive for Covid-19.

And now, in a video published on Twitter, the US president has thanked everyone who has shown him their support after his Covid-19 diagnosis – which he praised for coming from all sides of the political spectrum.

In the clip the President said: "I came here, I wasn't feeling so well, I feel much better now.

"We are working hard to get me all the way back, I have to be back because we still have to make America great again.

"I'll be back, I think, I'll be back soon and I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started, the way we’ve been doing and the kind of numbers we’ve been doing."

Trump praised his doctors and the "miracle" therapeutics which are helping him in his battle against coronavirus, but added the "real test" will be over the next few days as doctors continue to monitor his condition.

"I'm starting to feel good. I don’t know the next period of a few days, I guess. That’s the real test so we’ll be seeing what happened over those next couple of days."

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Trump's physician, Sean Conley, said on Saturday that the President is "doing very well" but will remain in hospital at Walter Reed National Military Medical Cente.

He said the president is "extremely grateful" for all the support he has received and thanked media professionals for their care.

Asked when Trump may be discharged, Dr Conley said he does not want to put a date on it but said he is currently receiving a five-day treatment.

Dr Conley confirmed Trump had a mild cough, nasal congestion, fatigue and fever on Thursday, but said he is not receiving oxygen.

Dr Conley said Trump is not having problems breathing or walking around, and told doctors "I feel like I could walk out of here today".

But contradictory claims have been made in the New York Times, which says the President's vitals are "very concerning" and the next 48 hours will be "critical".

The report is based on the word of an anonymous source said to be "familiar" with the US President, who said: "The President’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care.

"We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery."

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