Donald Trump’s doctor has said the President has completed his course of therapy for coronavirus and can return to public engagements from Saturday.
The White House has refused to confirm when the Republican leader last tested negative for the virus, with contamination of others still a possibility.
Dr Sean Conley said in a memo Trump had responded “extremely well” to treatment without any evidence of adverse effects.
The President was hospitalised last Friday after he announced he had contracted Covid-19 on Twitter before returning to the White House on Monday.
“Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness,” Dr Conley wrote.
“Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time.”
Trump said on Thursday he was doing “really good” and that he might try to do a rally on Saturday night, probably in Florida.
In an interview with Fox News, he added he will likely take a coronavirus test on Friday.
The President has been confined to the White House with the illness that he has sought to play down, as at least 19 staff members also tested positive.
However, he has been itching to return to the campaign trail as he remains well behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden in national polls ahead of the November 3 election.
The President has been criticised both for his administration’s handling of the pandemic and for his response to his own diagnosis.
Earlier on Thursday Trump said he did not believe he was contagious and was feeling good enough to resume campaign rallies.
Trump has held such rallies indoors and outdoors with thousands of people, many of whom do not wear masks, against the advice of public health professionals.
“I’d love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night,” Trump told Fox Business Network, adding that “if I’m at a rally, I stand by myself very far away from everybody.”
The president’s positive test sidelined him from in-person events that have been the lifeblood of his campaign.
Trump pulled out of a second debate with Biden after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the October 15 event would be held in a virtual format.
The candidates would be in separate locations to ensure it could go forward whether or not Trump remained virus-free.
Soon after Conley’s memo was released, Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien issued a statement demanding the Commission on Presidential Debates reverse its decision.
CPD Chair Frank Fahrenkopf said late Thursday that the nonpartisan group’s decision was not going to be reversed.
“I’m feeling good, really good,” Trump told Fox.
Trump said he had stopped taking “most therapeutics” for the virus but was still on steroids.
With layoffs in key sectors increasing doubts about the fragile economic recovery, Trump said he called off negotiations with Congress for a fresh round of stimulus for the ailing economy because they were not going anywhere.
But he said some discussions are ongoing with Democrats about boosting support for U.S. airlines and providing Americans with $1,200 stimulus checks.
Trump has faced criticism for underestimating the coronavirus, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans and thrown millions out of work.
Even since revealing his own illness, Trump has played down the respiratory disease’s dangers and been censured by social media platforms for spreading misinformation about it.
“I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise,” Trump said in a bizarre propaganda video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday.
In the rambling message, he repeatedly referred to his use of an experimental medication from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc that he claimed had ‘cured’ him.
He said he would make the treatment available free of charge, but did not say how he would do that or who would pay the cost of the treatments.
The United States is reporting more than 44,000 new infections each day.
The Fox Business Network interview was conducted over the phone.
Other than videos released on his Twitter account, Trump has not been seen in public since he arrived back at the White House from the hospital.