BREAKING: US Joe Biden tests positive for Covid-19 again

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US President Joe Biden has tested positive again for Covid-19, the White House said Saturday.
His physician said he’s not experiencing any symptoms, but that he will isolate at the White House.

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Earlier last week, Biden tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, despite being “fully vaccinated and twice boosted” with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, disclosed this in a statement, noting that the 79-year-old president is experiencing “very mild symptoms.”
 Biden has begun taking Pfizer’s Paxlovid, an antiviral pill that can reduce the risk of hospitalisation for people who test positive for the virus, the press secretary said.
In a tweet, Biden seemed to seek to minimize the situation.
“Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again. This happens with a small minority of folks,” he wrote. “I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me. I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.”
Biden canceled planned trips to Delaware and Michigan, the White House said.
The second positive test came just three days after O’Connor said Biden had tested negative and no longer needed to isolate, which he had been doing since receiving a first positive result on July 21.
Biden has for the most part been conspicuously careful about observing Covid protocols — in contrast to his predecessor Donald Trump, who sometimes mocked those who wore masks.
“The President continues to be very specifically conscientious to protect any of the Executive Residence, White House, Secret Service and other staff whose duties require any (albeit socially distanced) proximity to him,” O’Connor said.
As the oldest US president in history — he will turn 80 in November — Biden’s health receives constant attention.
On Wednesday, he had ended his earlier five-day Covid isolation, appearing energetic as he told cheering aides that his quick recovery should inspire Americans to take advantage of free vaccines and treatments.
He contrasted his seemingly quick recovery to Trump’s more serious bout with the disease in October 2020, before vaccines were available.
“When my predecessor got Covid, he had to get helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Center,” Biden said. “He was severely ill. Thankfully, he recovered. When I got Covid, I worked from upstairs of the White House.”
He added that being fully vaccinated, taking preventative tests, then using the Paxlovid therapeutic prevents deaths and is available at no cost.
“You don’t need to be president to get these tools,” he said.
O’Connor had warned after clearing Biden from his first round of Covid that the president would wear a mask for 10 days when around others and continue to test regularly in case of a “rebound.”
O’Connor says Biden is generally in good health. He has been fully vaccinated and received two booster shots against the coronavirus.
AFP