President Biden tested positive for the Covid-19 test: The White House announced Thursday that Biden, 79, had been experiencing “mild symptoms” since the test passed.
On Thursday morning, President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 and has “mild symptoms,” the White House announced.
Biden, 79, who is fully vaccinated and receives two booster doses, has started taking Paxlovid antiviral pills, according to a White House press release. Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, said the president felt tired, runny nose, and dry cough.
Biden is isolated in the White House and is expected to attend Zoom’s scheduled meetings from the residence. He will work in isolation until he fails.
First lady Jill Biden told reporters Thursday before the Detroit incident that she tested negative on the COVID-19 test in the morning. She added that she has just spoken to the president and she is “fine”.
She plans to continue the scheduled events on Thursday and wear a mask.
All close contacts with the president are informed Thursday of his positive test. Biden’s last test before Thursday was Tuesday when he tested negative, according to the White House.
Biden’s positive test comes after his recent return from a trip to the Middle East, where he met with Israeli and Saudi leaders and attended an Arab leaders’ summit. It also comes as the number of COVID cases has increased by 23% in the past two weeks nationwide, while the number of deaths has increased by 46%, according to data collected by
Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID in April but she showed no symptoms, the White House said at the time.