Trump perfectly within his rights to get back to campaigning

Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump knows he has to get back campaigning as his chances of winning the US election fade and he says he is already free of COVID-19.

Trump declared in an interview on Fox News on Sunday that he was now “immune” from COVID-19, a claim that was impossible to prove, and he has tweeted that he will be holding a political rally.

“I’m immune,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News. “The president is in very good shape to fight the battles.”

The tweet, which was censored by Twitter “for spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19”, came 24 hours after Trump’s physician, Navy Commander Dr Sean Conley, said the president had taken a test on Saturday showing he was no longer “a transmission risk to others”, and there was no longer evidence “of actively replicating the virus”. The White House at the time did not say whether Conley’s statement meant Trump had actually tested negative for the coronavirus but Trump has met criteria from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to leave isolation.

The CDC states research has shown that people aren’t likely to be infectious 10 to 20 days after symptoms first begin, regardless of coronavirus test results.

Dr Conley said in a memo that Trump is “now at day 10 from symptom onset, fever-free for well over 24 hours and all symptoms improved”.

“The assortment of advanced diagnostic tests obtained reveal there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus,” Conley said, without stating which tests Trump had received.

Trump is planning to hold rallies in Florida, Pennsylvania and Iowa this week with time running out before the November 3 election.

The Senate on Monday will begin hearings to confirm Amy Coney Barrett, a 48-year-old conservative federal judge and law professor at Notre Dame, to the Supreme Court. Trump wants Barrett installed on the Supreme Court before the US election but the opposition Democrats do not and will try to delay the process.

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