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US President Donald Trump is not “out the woods yet” despite leaving hospital after coronavirus treatment, his doctor warned.

US President Donald Trump is not "out the woods yet" despite leaving hospital after coronavirus treatment, his doctor warned.

President Trump's physician Dr Sean Conley said the President's evaluations and clinical status supports his return home but issued a note of caution

"Though he may not be entirely out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all his evaluations, and most importantly, his clinical status support his return home where he'll be surrounded by world class medical care 24/7," Dr Conley said.

Mr Trump exited the hospital on foot wearing a surgical face mask. He clenched a fist in a sign of strength and then hopped inside the back of a Secret Service vehicle.

The presidential motorcade then drove a short distance to Marine One, the helicopter which will fly the President back to the White House.

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Dr Brian Garibaldi said while in hospital Mr Trump received his third dose of remdesivir and tolerated that infusion "without difficulty." The physician said the President's kidney and liver function "continue to be normal."

Earlier The President tweeted: "Feeling really good. Don't be afraid of COVID. Don't let it rule your life. We have developed some really great drugs and knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago."

Mr Trump has been given supplemental oxygen twice during the course of his illness so far, Dr Conley said.

On Sunday, the President's physicians said that there have been two episodes of his oxygen level transiently dipping — but did not explicitly divulge how many times he had been given oxygen.

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"Both times, he received a little bit of oxygen and recovered immediately," Conley said on Monday.

Conley has previously said Trump's oxygen level fell on both Friday and on Saturday.

Conley declined to provide any details on when Trump last tested negative for COVID-19 amid ongoing questions about when he was first contagious with the virus.

"I don't want to go backwards," Conley.

Meanwhile, President Trump is planning to participate in the next presidential debate scheduled for Thursday, October 15, Trump Campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said.

Asked by CNN on debate plans, Murtaugh said, "It is the President's intention to debate."

The second general election presidential debate will be hosted in Miami, Florida, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which hosted the first Democratic debates of the 2020 primary last year.

Unlike the first debate, the second presidential debate will take the form of a town hall where questions will be posed to the candidates from Miami-area residents, the commission said.

He had been receiving COVID-19 treatment there since Friday.

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Less than one month before Election Day, Mr Trump was eager to project strength despite his illness. The still-infectious president surprised supporters who had gathered outside the hospital, riding by Sunday in a black SUV with the windows rolled up. Secret Service agents inside the vehicle could be seen in masks and other protective gear.

The move capped a weekend of contradictions that fuelled confusion about Mr Trump's health, which has imperilled the leadership of the US government and upended the final stages of the presidential campaign.

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While Mr Trump's physician offered a rosy prognosis on his condition, his briefings lacked basic information, including the findings of lung scans, or were quickly muddled by more serious assessments of the president's health by other officials.

In a short video released by the White House on Sunday, Mr Trump insisted he understood the gravity of the moment. But his actions moments later, by leaving the hospital and sitting inside the SUV with others, suggested otherwise.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the best evidence is that people with mild to moderate COVID-19 aren't contagious about 10 days after symptom onset. People with more severe disease likely are contagious no longer than 20 days after symptom onset, according to those guidelines. That means isolation — whether in the hospital or at home — is supposed to last for at least 10 days.

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Joe Biden's campaign, meanwhile, said the Democratic presidential nominee again tested negative for coronavirus Sunday. The results came five days after Mr Biden spent more than 90 minutes on the debate stage with Mr Trump. Mr Biden, who has taken a far more cautious approach to in-person events — and has been mocked repeatedly for it by Mr Trump — had two negative tests on Friday.

First lady Melania Trump has remained at the White House as she recovers from her own bout with the virus.

– Reported with Associated Press

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