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Trump symptom-free for 24 hours, as he seeks to return to Oval Office

US President Donald Trump has been symptom-free for 24 hours and his vital signs, including oxygen levels, are in the normal range, his physician said on Wednesday.

Washington, 7 October 2020 (dpa/MIA) – US President Donald Trump has been symptom-free for 24 hours and his vital signs, including oxygen levels, are in the normal range, his physician said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters the president is keen to again start working out of the Oval Office in the White House.

“He wanted to go to the Oval yesterday; if he decides to go to the Oval, we have safety protocols there,” Meadows said.

The chief of staff said the president continues to improve, after being hospitalized over the weekend for complications stemming from the new coronavirus.

“The president continues to work. He’s in very good health; we are pleased with his progress,” Meadows said.

Larry Kudlow, a key economic adviser to Trump, told broadcaster CNBC that Trump had actually gone into the Oval Office. The White House later clarified that Kudlow had got the information wrong and this was not correct.

Trump has kept up a deluge of tweets, but has not been seen since he appeared without a mask on the White House’s Truman Balcony on Monday evening, when he left the hospital after three nights.

The president has said he wants to participate in next week’s debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the second face-to-face leading up to the November election. Biden has insisted that Trump be virus-free.

In addition to Trump, a number of White House staff, campaign aides and Republican lawmakers have tested positive for the new coronavirus since the end of last week.

Since being treated with cutting-edge medicine over the weekend, Trump has returned to comparing the coronavirus with the seasonal flu as he continued to downplay the pandemic and push for economic reopenings.

More than 210,000 people have died from the coronavirus since March in the United States, by far dwarfing annual figures on flu deaths.

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