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Joe Biden tests positive for the corona virus

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Joe Biden, at the White House on July 11th.Evan Vucci (AP)

For two and a half years he managed to get rid of the pandemic, but in the end the time of the coronavirus has come for the President of the United States, Joe Biden too. Biden, 79, tested positive for Covid this Thursday morning and has “very mild symptoms,” the White House assured in a statement sent today.

Signed by the spokeswoman for the presidency, Karine Jean-Pierre, it recalls that the president is “fully vaccinated and has two booster doses”. “Experience very mild symptoms,” the text continues. “He started taking it [el medicamento antiviral que minimiza la gravedad del contagio] Paxlovid. In accordance with health guidelines, he will be self-isolating in the White House and will continue to carry out all his duties during that time. He was in contact with White House staff by phone this morning and will attend his scheduled White House meetings this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence. (…) He will continue to work in isolation until his test is negative. Once he tests negative, he will personally return to work.”

On his show today, he was scheduled to go to Pennsylvania to speak on presidential gun control measures, and at the end of the day he was scheduled to go to Delaware, where he usually spends weekends with his family.

“Due to an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide daily updates on the President’s status as he continues to perform all duties of the Office in isolation,” the statement continued. “As part of standard protocol for all positive cases in At the White House, we will be reporting to all of the President’s close contacts today, including members of Congress and members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s trip. The President’s last prior test for COVID was Tuesday when he had a negative result.” Biden was in Massachusetts this Wednesday to speak about the challenges of climate change.

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