The President of the United States, Joe Biden has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
The White House disclosed this in a statement signed by Biden’s physician, Kevin C. O’Connor, on Thursday.
The statement reads: “This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a written statement. “He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid. 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. He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.”
“Consistent with White House protocol for positive COVID cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative,” Jean-Pierre continued. “Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.”
“Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.”
Meanwhile, First Lady, Jill Biden told journalists in Michigan that she tested negative for COVID-19 and will be keeping her schedule Thursday in accordance with CDC guidelines.
The US President now join the list of Heads of State and Government who have tested positive for the virus.