President Trump on Monday returned to the White House after being discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he was sent on Friday after being diagnosed with covid-19 and experiencing a fever and was given supplemental oxygen treatments. Earlier on Monday, the president played down the threat of the virus, which has killed 209,000 people in the United States, tweeting: “Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.” Sean Conley, his physician, told reporters that the president will be monitored closely at the White House and that he “may not be entirely out of the woods yet.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement Monday that she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was in the key battleground state of Florida for several events, including a nationally televised town hall.

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  • Trump’s doctor also said it was unclear when the president would no longer be able to infect others.
  • After arriving back at the White House, Trump removed his mask as he reached a balcony facing the South Lawn, and, standing maskless for over two minutes, gave a double thumbs-up and saluted the soldiers down below.
  • The Supreme Court agreed with South Carolina Republicans and reinstated a requirement that mail-in ballots have a witness’s signature. See our guide on how to vote in your state.
  • Even inside Trump’s orbit, allies worried about his Sunday evening appearance outside Walter Reed, which risked infecting two Secret Service agents who were in the armored vehicle.
  • Candidates and debate organizers are pushing ahead with in-person events despite public health concerns. The vice-presidential candidates are still scheduled to convene in Salt Lake City for their debate Wednesday, where they will be separated by plexiglass barriers.
  • Biden leads Trump by nine percentage points nationally, 51 percent to 42 percent, according to a Washington Post average of polls. Biden’s margin is smaller in key states: seven in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan; five in Arizona; and one in Florida.