Monday, 19 Oct 2020

Coronavirus: Trump has tested negative for COVID ‘on consecutive days’, his doctor says

Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 “on consecutive days” and is not infectious to others, his doctor has said.

In a memo released by the White House, Dr Sean Conley said Mr Trump had tested negative on consecutive days using an Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW antigen card.

He said the negative tests and other clinical and laboratory data “indicate a lack of detectable viral replication”.

The US president announced he had tested positive for coronavirus on 2 October.

He was admitted to Walter Reed military hospital that night and released three days later.

Mr Trump, who is trailing behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of next month’s presidential election, is holding an election rally in Florida on Monday.

The president is beginning a three-day tour of states he needs to win to defeat Mr Biden in three weeks time.

Mr Trump he will appear in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Iowa on Wednesday.

He had earlier claimed he had a “protective glow” after being given the all-clear from coronavirus by White House medical staff.

Mr Trump also declared himself immune to the virus, despite official guidance from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warning that recovering from COVID-19 does not make a patient immune.

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