Biden tests positive for Covid again, will restart isolation despite no new symptoms

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. July 20, 2022.

Jonathan Ernest | Reuters

President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 again on Saturday after consecutive days of testing negative for the virus, his doctor said.

Biden has no new symptoms and “continues to feel quite well,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a note shared by the White House.

But he will nevertheless “relaunch strict isolation procedures”, wrote the presidential doctor.

O’Connor previously warned of the potential for a “rebound” in positive test results, a phenomenon among a small percentage of patients who, like Biden, used the antiviral drug Paxlovid as part of their treatment.

Biden had accordingly “increased his testing cadence, both to protect those around him and to ensure early detection of any return of viral replication,” O’Connor wrote in the latest memo, which was released. public on Saturday afternoon.

The president tested negative for Covid on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but tested positive on Saturday morning from an antigen test. “It’s a fact that represents ‘rebound’ positivity,” O’Connor wrote.

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