Donald Trump returns to Oval Office, even though he is still recovering from coronavirus

Donald Trump has returned to the Oval Office – despite the fact he is still recovering from coronavirus.

The president was receiving briefings on economic stimulus proposals and on Hurricane Delta, a White House spokesman said.

CNN said preparations made for the president’s return to the Oval Office included respirator masks and plastic goggles required for visitors.

Mr Trump has had no COVID-19 symptoms for the past 24 hours, his doctor has said.

He has been fever-free for more than four days and has not needed or received any supplemental oxygen, White House physician Sean Conley added.

His physical exam and vital signs “all remain stable and in normal range”.

A statement added that Mr Trump had said: “I feel great!”

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It also said that antibodies against the coronavirus were detected in blood drawn from the president on Monday, suggesting he may be fighting off the infection.

On Friday, he was given an experimental treatment that contained manufactured antibodies and it is unclear what the detection of antibodies means about the course of his illness.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says individuals can stop self-isolating 10 days after symptoms appear.

Since he returned to the White House on Monday after three nights in hospital, Mr Trump has not been seen in public or on video, although his Twitter account has been busy sending tweets – either to attack opponents or downplaying the coronavirus.

The White House’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had previously said Mr Trump was eager to get back to work in the Oval Office.

“He wanted to go to the Oval yesterday. If he decides to go the Oval we’ve got safety protocols there,” Mr Meadows said.

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Trump ‘should’ve stayed in hospital longer’

The president had been working from a makeshift space in his residence in the White House since returning from hospital.

Mr Trump is also said to be impatient to get back on the campaign trail and wants to go ahead with the next presidential debate on 15 October in Miami.

His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, has said he will not participate if the president is not virus-free.

With the election less than a month away and trailing in the polls, Mr Trump is keen to get back to a normal working schedule and revive his struggling re-election campaign.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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