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Donald Trump says he is ‘feeling much better’ but next few days will be ‘real test’

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Donald Trump has said he is feeling much better now as he praised the medical team and the therapeutics helping him recover from coronavirus.

In a video published on Twitter, the US president thanked every person who has shown him their support after his Covid-19 diagnosis.

In the clip, Trump, looking tired and wearing a jacket and open-necked shirt, 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.”

Trump also praised the “miracle” therapeutics which are helping him in his battle against coronavirus.

He said: “If you look at the therapeutics which I am taking right now .. some of them and others that are coming out soon are looking like, frankly are miracles.”

The US president said the “real test” will be over the next few days as doctors continue monitoring his health condition.

Trump’s video message comes after his medical team said he was doing “very well” and was in “exceptionally good spirits” in an update on Saturday.

Trump was taken by helicopter to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre near Washington DC on Friday after his Covid-19 diagnosis.

But US reports gave a less positive picture, with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reportedly saying Mr Trump went through a “very concerning” period on Friday and that the next 48 hours will be critical.

In a press conference outside the hospital on Saturday, Dr Conley said the president is fever-free, is not on oxygen and is not having difficulty breathing.

Dr Conley refused to say whether Mr Trump had ever been on oxygen, despite repeated questioning, but said the president’s symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion, “are now resolving and improving”.

A source familiar with Mr Trump’s condition said that the president was administered supplemental oxygen at the White House on Friday before going to hospital.

There was also confusion over when the president tested positive for coronavirus, as Dr Conley initially suggested that Mr Trump was 72 hours into the diagnosis.

Dr Conley later clarified he meant to say “day three” instead of 72 hours, and said the president had been first diagnosed with Covid-19 on Thursday evening.

Mr Trump was taken by helicopter to the hospital “out of an abundance of caution” on Friday, and is expected to remain there for “a few days”.

The White House said the 74-year-old would work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to continue his official duties.

Shortly after Dr Conley’s update on Saturday, Mr Trump tweeted: “Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is sure the president will “come through” his treatment “very well”.

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