U.S. President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid. Sky News has the story.
His press secretary announced the news, adding that the President is “experiencing very mild symptoms”.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Mr. Biden, 79, tested positive this morning, adding that he is fully vaccinated and twice boosted.
Dr. Ashish Jha, White House Coronavirus Response Co-ordinator, said the President’s mild symptoms began on Wednesday and include a runny nose, dry cough and fatigue.
He added that the President went to bed and felt fine, but did not sleep well.
The White House said he has begun taking anti-viral treatment, Paxlovid and will isolate while continuing to carry out duties “fully”.
First Lady Jill Biden confirmed she has tested negative for the virus and spoke to the president and said “he’s feeling fine, just experiencing a few mild symptoms”.
Biden’s Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has recently recovered from Covid, after having a twin bout owing to the ‘Paxlovid rebound’, and said the second bout had been “much worse”. It will be interesting to see whether Biden has a similar experience with the treatment.
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