Trump Covid: President criticised over drive-past

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US President Donald Trump says he will be released from hospital later on Monday, four days after being admitted to Covid-19.

Just ahead of a scheduled meeting by his doctors, Mr Trump tweeted that he would be leaving at 6:30 p.m. (10:30 PM GMT), adding that he was “feeling really good”.

However, after a weekend of conflicting statements, questions remain about the severity of Mr Trump’s illness.

The true extent of the White House outbreak remains unclear.

“I feel really good!” Mr Trump tweeted.

“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We developed some really great drugs and knowledge under the Trump Administration. I feel better than 20 years ago !!”

There are more than 7.4 million Covid-19 cases in the U.S., and the virus has killed nearly 210,000 Americans, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The president’s dismissal comes as more new cases were reported among White House staff.

At least 12 people close to Mr Trump have now tested positive, as have several junior employees.

Many of the people who tested positive for President Trump attended a meeting at the White House on September 26th that is being considered as a possible “super-spreader event”.

The White House has not disclosed how many employees have tested positive since Trump’s own diagnosis.

Who else around the president has tested positive?

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was the youngest high-profile figure close to the president to confirm a positive test on Monday.

US media said two other members of the press secretary had a positive result. Ms. McEnany spoke to unmasked journalists on Sunday but said no press representatives had been listed as close contacts by the White House medical department.

First Lady Melania Trump, senior aides and three Republican senators have also tested positive.

President Trump’s diagnosis changed his campaign when he faced Democratic challenger Joe Biden on November 3.

50-year-old first lady Melania has isolated herself in the White House, reportedly with mild symptoms. In a tweet she said, “I feel good [and] will continue to rest at home “.