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COVID-19 Crisis: Key aide of US President Donald Trump tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 6, 2020, 10:02 a.m.

Washington: Three days after US President Donald Trump tested positive for coronavirus, his press secretary, Kayle McKenney, has also fallen prey to the COVID-19 virus. 

McKenney last addressed the press at the White House on Thursday. Later found to be President Trump’s adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus. After this, Trump and his wife Melania also tested coronavirus positive.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has returned to the White House after 72 hours of treatment at a military hospital to face a campaign upended by his COVID-19 infection barely a month before the election that will define his future.

Pumping his fist and giving a thumbs up he emerged from the Walter Reed National Medical Centre in Washington and walked to a vehicle that took him to the Marine One helicopter to fly to the White House.

His doctors cleared him for discharge from the hospital to continue treatment at the official residence.

“He’s met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria,” Donald Trump’s personal doctor Sean Conley told reporters.

Trump did not answer questions shouted at him by reporters as he emerged from the hospital.

But in a tweet in the morning he said, “Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

At the White House, he walked up the steps to the balcony and in a show of defiance took off his mask and saluted the helicopter crew.

He was criticised for appearing without a mask by several politicians and physicians. Democratic Senator Chris Coons told ABC TV that Trump was being reckless and dangerous.

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