US President Trump said in a video posted on Saturday night that he is feeling "much better now" and expects to "be back soon" after being hospitalized with the coronavirus.
In a memorandum released by the White House, Trump's physician said the president has made "substantial progress" and will be closely monitored Sunday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in between doses of the experimental drug, remdesivir, reports the Washington Post.
The statements of optimism came after aides and doctors created a startling amount of confusion about Trump's health status and the timeline of his treatment and diagnosis, injecting an extraordinary degree of uncertainty into the nation's understanding of the president's condition and who may have been exposed.
Donald Trump, who was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday, released a four-minute video on Saturday in which he said the "real test" of his condition will come over the next few days.
"Over the next period of a few days, I guess that's the real test, so we'll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days," Trump said.
Trump's illness has upended the campaign ahead of the November presidential election and cast a spotlight on the president's handling of the pandemic. The Republican president is trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden in opinion polls.
Donald Trump's campaign vowed that Vice President Mike Pence, who would assume the presidency if Trump were unable to carry out his duties, would have an "aggressive" campaign schedule this week, as would Trump's three oldest children, reported Reuters.
"We can't stay in our basement or shut down the economy indefinitely. We have to take it head-on," Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
Trump has repeatedly played down the threat of the pandemic, even as it has killed more than 208,000 Americans and hammered the US economy.
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In an early morning tweet on Sunday, Trump said "Thank you so much!" - referring to supporters who gathered on Saturday night outside the Walter Reed hospital waving Trump 2020 flags.