US President Donald Trump says he feels extraordinary after his Coronavirus disease, portraying it as “a gift from God”.
Mr Trump returned to the Oval Office on Wednesday, officials said, less than a week after testing positive.
The president has had no Covid-19 symptoms for more than 24 hours and has been fever-free for more than four days, his doctor, Sean Conley, said.
In a video message on Wednesday, Mr Trump said all Americans should have access to the treatments he was given.
Mr Trump also promised to provide the drugs produced by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals free of charge.
He said the experimental antibody cocktail he was given last week was a cure rather than a therapeutic measure, adding that hundreds of thousands of doses were nearly ready. But Regeneron’s drugs have not been approved by federal regulators.
“This was a blessing in disguise – I caught it, I heard about this drug, I said let me take it and it was incredible,” he said, adding that he would seek emergency use authorisations for the drugs.
President Trump renewed his attacks on China, telling Americans: “You’re not going to pay for it. It wasn’t your fault that this happened. It was China’s fault. And China is going to pay a big price. This was China’s fault.”
Earlier, Dr Conley said the president had not needed any supplemental oxygen since going to hospital on Friday. He was discharged on Monday.
Mr Trump’s supporters say that he has shown leadership since his release from hospital. But his opponents say his behaviour has become increasingly erratic.
The White House has also set out new safety measures after President Trump’s return from hospital and the news that another aide had Covid-19.
The presidential election is on 3 November. One key issue in the run-up to polling day is a coronavirus stimulus package for the economy. Mr Trump appeared to abandon negotiations with the Democrats on Tuesday, only to say later he would agree to some measures individually.
What’s the latest on Trump’s health?
“His physical exam and vital signs, including oxygen saturation and respiratory rate, all remain stable and in normal range,” a health report from Dr Conley said.
It added: “The president’s labs demonstrated detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2-IgG antibodies on Monday October 5th.”
Levels drawn last Thursday had shown “undetectable” antibodies.
“We’ll continue to closely monitor and I will update you as I know more,” the doctor said.
The body makes antibodies to help fight the infection, and coronavirus antibodies in the blood indicate a person has had the virus. However, it remains unknown whether their presence will prevent the person getting the virus again.
What’s happened at the White House?
Mr Trump returned to the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon to be briefed on Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico and the latest on talks with Democrats about a stimulus package for the economy, officials said.
Mr Trump has been in a defiant mood since returning from hospital, angling to work in the Oval Office rather than in the Residence, as well as pushing for an address to the nation and a resumption of campaign activity.
But many of his aides and staff remain in self-isolation.
Earlier in the day, chief of staff Mark Meadows said that anyone interacting with Mr Trump had been wearing “full PPE, masks, goggles and the like”.
A memo on Monday called for limited traffic on the first floor of the West Wing and at the Residence, with strict measures on protection equipment and hand sanitiser for anyone within six feet (two metres) of the president.
Reports said there did appear to be much more mask-wearing at the White House, which had been criticised by many opponents for its lax attitude before Mr Trump’s infection.
Although the names of many people who have interacted with the president and tested positive are now known, it remains unclear just how many were exposed at the White House. At least nine White House employees have tested positive but the cluster could be much higher.
Despite the fact that the names of numerous individuals who have communicated with the president and tried positive are presently known, it stays hazy exactly the number of were uncovered at the White House. At any rate nine White House representatives have tried positive however the bunch could be a lot higher.