Joe Biden tests positive for coronavirus

President Joe Biden tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday morning, the White House revealed, just hours after returning from a trip to Massachusetts.

The White House said Biden, 79, has only “very mild symptoms” and is fully vaccinated and strengthened with four shots of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

The president’s last negative coronavirus test came on Tuesday, the White House revealed, indicating it’s possible he tested positive during his trip to Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Biden was not seen wearing a mask in public during his trip, as he met and traveled with Massachusetts officials to deliver a speech warning of the dangers of climate change. He also spent time shaking hands and greeting Democratic officials and supporters after his speech.

US President Joe Biden waves to supporters after addressing the crowd and gathering the media at the closed Brayton Point Power Plant in Somerset, Massachusetts, USA on July 20, 2022. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Mass. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren attended the event along with Biden’s climate czar John Kerry and his climate adviser Gina McCarthy.

On Saturday evening, the president returned from a trip to the Middle East, which included visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel where he personally greeted officials and did not wear a mask in public places. On Tuesday, Biden met with Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska at the White House.

White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor revealed in a letter that Biden had a runny nose, cough and suffered from “fatigue” and that his symptoms began “last night.”

Biden will undergo treatment with Paxlovid antiviral therapy, according to the White House, as he recovers from the virus.

Officials stressed that Biden would continue to hold meetings at the White House by phone and videoconference via Zoom, despite his illness.

“As directed by the CDC, he will self-isolate at the White House and continue to fully perform all his duties during this time,” the White House said,

Biden was scheduled to leave Thursday for a trip to Pennsylvania where he planned to deliver a speech on crime and gun control and participate in a fundraiser later Thursday night before traveling to his home in Delaware. These events have been cancelled.

The president “will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative,” the White House said.

Officials said Vice President Kamala Harris had tested negative for the virus despite being last with the president on Tuesday. The vice president should stick to her public schedule and wear a mask, officials added.

Although First Lady Jill Biden is considered a close contact of the president, she has tested negative for the virus and will travel to Detroit and Georgia for her previously scheduled events. according to reports. First Lady aides said she would wear a mask and continue to social distance for safety.

Jill Biden will spend the weekend in Delaware, the first lady’s office confirmedleaving the president alone in the White House.

Hours earlier, Biden had chastised Americans who weren’t vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“They have a problem,” he told reporters after returning from his trip on Wednesday evening.

“It is not in their interest or in the public interest not to get vaccinated,” he continued. “We have the ability to control it. They should get vaccinated now.


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