Biden tests negative for covid again, but will continue to be isolated until a new test is carried out | International


Joe Biden, this Friday at the White House.Evan Vucci (AP)

It has been 16 days since the president of the United States, Joe Biden, tested positive for coronavirus antigens. Biden, 79, seemed to have overcome the disease last week, when he tested negative for four consecutive tests, but last Saturday he suffered a rebound that has lasted a week. The test carried out this Saturday morning has returned negative, as reported by the White House.

“Out of extreme caution, the president will continue his strict isolation measures pending a second negative test,” says the statement signed by his doctor, Kevin C. O’Connor, who assures that “the president continues to feel very well.” Biden has not been to the Oval Office since he tested negative again and has not been able to enjoy either his usual weekend getaways to Delaware or start his summer vacation.

The president is vaccinated and has received two booster doses. He had managed to avoid contagion during the two and a half years of the pandemic until in a “routine” analysis, according to the White House, he tested positive on July 21. His symptoms were mild from the beginning: a runny nose, fatigue, a bit of a hacking cough.

O’Connor treated him with the antiviral drug Paxlovid and his symptoms remained under control. On Tuesday, July 26, he tested negative for the first time, with which he seemed to have overcome the disease very quickly. However, after also testing negative the following three days, on Saturday the 30th he tested positive again. His doctor attributed the new positives to a “rebound” that occurs only exceptionally.

Despite his isolation, Biden has tried to maintain a public presence during the last week with telematic events and, this Friday, with an intervention in the White House without journalists. Biden appeared to sign a law against aid fraud due to covid, but took the opportunity to defend the Inflation Reduction Law that he promotes and celebrate the record employment figures published in the early hours.

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