Trump can return to 'public engagements' on Saturday, doctor says

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1 million people worldwide.

Over 36.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis -- through clinical means or a lab test -- has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.

The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 212,716 deaths.

California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 845,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 807,000 cases and over 726,000 cases, respectively.

More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.

Fresh off a declaration from his doctor that he can resume "public engagements" on Saturday, the president told Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday night that he hopes to hold a rally over the weekend in Florida.

"I think I'm going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we have enough time to put it together, but we want to do a rally probably in Florida on Saturday night," Trump told Hannity. "I might come back and do one in Pennsylvania the following night and it's incredible what's going on. I feel so good."

Dr. Sean Conley, his physician, said in a letter earlier in the evening that Trump was doing well, had no symptoms and should be able to hold public events again 10 days after he was diagnosed.

Trump said he will be tested for the virus on Friday. He wasn't clear on when his last test had been.

Publish : 2020-10-09 10:34:07