Donald Trump leaves hospital, returns to White House after coronavirus treatment

U.S. President Donald Trump has left Walter Reed Medical Centre, after receiving treatment for COVID-19.

Trump left the military medical facility in Maryland just after 6:30 p.m. ET Monday evening.

The president travelled aboard Marine One back to the White House.

Trump was hospitalized on Friday, shortly after announcing he and his wife, first lady of the United States Melania Trump, had tested positive for the virus.

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Earlier on Monday, Trump tweeted, saying he would he would be leaving the facility.

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good!” the president tweeted Monday afternoon.

Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, confirmed the news later at a press conference.

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Conley said Trump met the requirements to be discharged Sunday afternoon, and that his recovery will continue to be overseen 24 hours a day by medical staff.

“Right now there’s nothing that’s being done upstairs here that we can’t safely conduct at home,” Conley said.

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Conley refused to comment on how the president will adequately quarantine while at the White House, which continues to be staffed. The doctor also declined to answer questions on whether Trump has tested negative for the virus yet.

Trump is expected to resume his normal schedule once “there is no evidence of live virus still present,” Conley said. But he also cautioned that it was “uncharted territory” having a patient receive such aggressive medication so early in the course of the disease, and he said Trump would not be fully out of the woods for another week.

Trump spent several days in the hospital after revealing that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 late Thursday night. His wife Melania Trump and several other key White House administration members have also tested positive for the virus.

Trump was last seen publicly Sunday as he rode in a vehicle with Secret Service members and waved to his supporters.

Trump continued to be vocal on Twitter while in hospital at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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On Twitter, the president urged Americans to not be afraid of the coronavirus and carry on with their lives.

“We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge,” he said.

The virus has killed more than 209,000 Americans.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence said he is “grateful” for the “incredible medical staff” at Walter Reed, and for the “concern, support and prayers” from the public.

“We believe it’s emblematic of the love, care & compassion that the American People have shown to all of those that have been impacted by the Coronavirus,” he wrote.

In a tweet Monday evening, Trump said he will be back on the campaign trail “soon.”

— With files from Global News’ Hannah Jackson and The Associated Press

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