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Trump's doctor says the President has tested negative on consecutive days

October 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

White House physician Sean Conley said Monday President Donald Trump has tested negative for Covid-19 on consecutive days, as the President heads to a crowded campaign rally in Florida.

(CNN)White House physician Sean Conley said Monday President Donald Trump has tested negative for Covid-19 on consecutive days, as the President heads to a crowded campaign rally in Florida.

"In response to your inquiry regarding the President's most recent COVID-19 tests, I can share with you that he has tested NEGATIVE, on consecutive days, using the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card," Conley wrote, noting that those tests were taken "in context with additional clinical and laboratory data. "

It is also unclear on which consecutive days Trump tested negative -- and the Abbott BinaxNOW test might not be completely accurate.

Trump, who first announced he tested positive on Thursday, October 1, is more than 10 days out, and the US Food and Drug Administration has said it does not know how accurate the test is at that point.

The White House still has not revealed the last time Trump tested negative prior to his positive diagnosis, offering varying justifications for withholding that information.

Trump is "not infectious to others," Conley added.

Earlier Monday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, back to work at campaign headquarters after his own Covid-19 diagnosis, was asked during a briefing call whether the President would be able to hold rallies with the same stamina as he has in the past.

I think his campaign calendar reflects his health and well-being and enthusiasm to get back on the trail," Stepien told reporters, adding that Trump's return will be a "big shot in the arm for the campaign. "

Senior adviser Jason Miller added that Trump is "on my case for not having enough rallies" and should be expected to be "out there, at least in the short term, two to three events a day," which will increase as Election Day approaches.

Conley deemed Trump clear to return to an "active schedule" in a Saturday memo after testing revealed "he is no longer considered a transmission risk to others. "

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