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Barack Obama has tested positive for Covid-19.
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“I just tested positive for Covid,” the 60-year-old former president he said in a tweet on Sunday.
“I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple of days but otherwise feel fine. Michelle and I are grateful to have been vaccinated and boosted, and she tested negative. It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if she hasn’t already, even as cases decline.”
Falling case rates in the US have led to the relaxation of most public health measures imposed by cities, states and the federal government.
There were roughly 35,000 infections on average over the past week, a sharp drop from mid-January, when the average was closer to 800,000.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the US death toll from the two-year-old coronavirus pandemic stood at just over 967,000 on Sunday, out of nearly 79.5 million cases.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75.2% of US adults are fully vaccinated and 47.7% of those fully vaccinated have received a booster.
The CDC relaxed its guidelines for indoor mask wearing in late February, taking a more holistic approach that meant the vast majority of Americans live in areas without a recommendation to wear masks indoors in public.
Resistance to vaccination and other public health measures against Covid is higher in Republican-controlled states.
The Obamas have homes in Washington DC, Massachusetts and Hawaii, all with more than 70% of the eligible population considered fully protected.
However, last August, Obama was forced to slash a 60th birthday party he planned to host on Martha’s Vineyard, an island exclusive to Massachusetts, amid criticism for planning a large social event at a time of rising cases. .