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Chris Christie Says He’s Been Released from the Hospital 1 Week After Being Admitted for COVID-19

Dennis Van Tine/Sipa USA/AP Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Chris Christie has been released from the hospital, one week after contracting the coronavirus.

“I am happy to let you know that this morning I was released from Morristown Medical Center,” the former New Jersey governor wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. “I want to thank the extraordinary doctors & nurses who cared for me for the last week. Thanks to my family & friends for their prayers. I will have more to say about all of this next week.”

Christie, 57, first said he tested positive last Saturday, one day after President Donald Trump announced that he and wife, First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus.

Shortly after announcing his diagnosis, Christie revealed that he was at higher risk for coronavirus complications due to underlying health issues, including asthma, and shared that he had checked himself into the hospital as a precaution.

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“In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon,” the politician wrote in an Oct. 3 tweet. “While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure.”

Christie added, “I am thankful for our hardworking medical professionals and look forward to coming home soon.”

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Christie, who served on Trump’s transition team and remains close with the campaign, helped the president prep for his first debate against Joe Biden in the days before Trump’s positive test late on Oct. 1.

Christie previously told ABC News that no one wore masks in the debate prep, and the president resisted using them despite health guidance that they are key preventative measures.

Others reportedly involved in that prep, including Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks, also tested positive. Many of those infected were also in attendance at a large Sept. 26 event in the Rose Garden for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, which has since been deemed a “super-spreader” event.

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Donald Trump is doing ‘very well’ in hospital after being admitted with COVID-19

US President Donald Trump walks to a helicopter on the White House lawn (Picture: Getty)
US President Donald Trump walks to a helicopter on the White House lawn (Picture: Getty)

Donald Trump’s medical team have said he’s doing ‘very well’ in hospital after being admitted with COVID-19.

The US president’s doctors added they are “extremely happy” with his progress at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Trump revealed on Friday he and his wife Melania had tested positive for coronavirus and were going into quarantine.

His health then deteriorated and he was filmed walking to a helicopter at the White House before being taken to hospital.

“The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made,” Trump’s physician Dr Sean Conley said this afternoon outside the hospital.

“He’s been fever-free for 24 hours and we are cautiously optimistic.” 

Dr Conley added the president no longer had a fever and was not currently on oxygen.

He said Trump was in “high spirits” and had declared this morning he felt like he could walk out the hospital today.

Dr Conley previously said Trump had received the first dose of Remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral drug that has been shown to shorten hospital stays.

He is also taking several other treatments, including a Regeneron developed polyclonal antibody cocktail and vitamin D.

UK politicians, including British prime minister Boris Johnson, have wished the president well. 

Johnson, who was also hospitalised with coronavirus in March, said: “My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady.

“Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.”

Housing minister Robert Jenrick added: “We know what it’s like to have, in our case a prime minister who tested positive for COVID, and setting aside politics we all want to see him and his wife get better soon.”

But not everyone in the UK had positive words for Trump, with actor Dominic West saying he ‘did slightly leap in the air with joy’ over the coronavirus diagnosis.

First lady Melania Trump was also diagnosed with COVID-19 (Picture: Reuters)
First lady Melania Trump was also diagnosed with COVID-19 (Picture: Reuters)

Trump is at high risk because of his age and weight.

He has remained in apparent good health during his time in office but is not known to exercise regularly or to follow a healthy diet.

In a tweet late on Friday, Trump wrote: “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”

He also released a brief video message, saying: “I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.”

In addition to the president and his wife, at least four people who were at a White House event to announce conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination said they have tested positive.

They include White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, Republican senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis and University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins. 

Other leaders who have previously caught coronavirus include Prince Charles, Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Bolivia’s President Jeanine Anez.

Watch: Boris Johnson wishing Donald Trump and Melania