Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, Shows ‘Mild Symptoms’

Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, Shows 'Mild Symptoms'
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The president of the United States, Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, Africa Daily News, New York reports.

He is presently experiencing some mild symptoms and would continue working but in isolation, the White House disclosed on Thursday night.

In a Tweet that was sighted by Africa Daily News, New York, Biden stated that he is ‘doing great’ despite testing positive for COVID-19.

‘Folks, I’m doing great. Thanks for your concern. Just called Senator Casey, Congressman Cartwright, and Mayor Cognetti (and my Scranton cousins!) to send my regrets for missing our event today,’ Biden tweeted on his official @POTUS account on Twitter.
Biden, 79, has a runny nose, fatigue and an occasional dry cough, which he began to experience late Wednesday, White House physician Kevin O’Connor said in a note made public.

Biden has begun taking the antiviral treatment Paxlovid, O’Connor said.

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‘He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms,’ Reuters quoted Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, to have said in a statement.

‘Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time,’ she added, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The White House would provide a daily update on the president’s health, Jean-Pierre said.

Biden’s administration is facing major challenges including soaring inflation and Russia’s land assault on Ukraine. His popularity has dropped sharply over the past year.

Multiple members of Biden’s administration and other senior figures in Washington had tested positive for the coronavirus in recent months, including Vice President Kamala Harris in April, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

All have since tested negative and resumed working.

U. S. stocks briefly headed lower following reports of the president’s diagnosis, with the S&P 500 (.SPX) dropping about 0.5 per cent over the following 10 minutes. The index quickly retraced that loss and by mid-morning was back to near the unchanged mark on the day.

Africa Daily News, New York reports that while many Americans have moved on from the strict precautions of the pandemic’s early months, returning to offices and schools and resuming summer travel, the virus continues to spread.

Cases in the United States are up more than 25 per cent in the last month, according to CDC data, as the rapidly spreading BA.5 sub-variant has taken hold.

Evading the immune protection afforded either by vaccination or prior infection, BA.5 has been the dominant sub-variant in the United States since at least early July and has driven a surge of new infections globally.

Biden is tested regularly for the disease and anyone who meets with him or travels with him is tested beforehand, the White House had said. Biden had last tested negative on Tuesday.

Africa Daily News, New York

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