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President Donald Trump in hospital with coronavirus – what it means for the US election

What is the latest on his condition?

Mr Trump addressed Americans from hospital on Saturday, saying he was feeling better. In a four-minute video posted on Twitter, Mr Trump, looking tired and wearing a jacket and open-necked shirt, said he “wasn’t feeling so well” when he first arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre and that the next few days would be crucial in his fight against coronavirus.

Mr Trump’s doctor insisted on Saturday that he was doing “very well” while being treated for Covid-19 at a military hospital.

But Navy Commander Doctor Sean Conley and other doctors raised more questions than they answered at a briefing, leaving unclear whether the President has ever required supplemental oxygen.

Dr Conley’s assessment was contradicted by an account provided by a person familiar with Mr Trump’s condition, who said some of his vital signs over 24 hours were “very concerning” and that the next 48 hours would be critical in terms of his care. 

“The President’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” the source said.

Dr Conley said Mr Trump had been fever-free for 24 hours as he updated the nation on the President’s condition on Saturday afternoon. 

While Dr Conley said the President was not currently on oxygen, he refused to say whether the President had ever been on oxygen, despite repeated questioning.

“Thursday no oxygen. None at this moment. And yesterday with the team, while we were all here, he was not on oxygen,” he said. He said that Mr Trump’s symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion “are now resolving and improving”.

But on the weekend, Mr Trump’s doctors revealed his oxygen levels dropped two days running and that he is taking a steroid treatment to help counter coronavirus, admitting giving an “upbeat” assessment of his health in an earlier briefing.

Dr Conley said Mr Trump’s health had improved and he could be discharged as early as Monday.

Dr Conley admitted giving an overly rosy picture of Mr Trump’s health in a Saturday briefing, where he did not admit the President had received supplemental oxygen.

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