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President Biden tests positive for Covid-19 again, returns to isolation

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United States President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, sending him back into isolation just days after he was cleared to resume his duties.

In a memo, Biden’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, said the president is experiencing no new symptoms and ‘continues to feel quite well.’

O’Connor had warned of the possibility of a testing ‘rebound,’ which could occur on a small percentage of patients who, like Biden, used the antiviral medication Paxlovid as part of their treatment against COVID.

On Saturday afternoon, Biden, 79, tweeted: “Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again. This happens with a small minority of folks.

“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.”

Later in the afternoon, he posted a 12-second video ‘quick update’ on his condition, delivered from the White House with his dog, Commander, sitting near him. And I’m feeling fine, everything’s good. But Commander and I got a little work to do.

“Hey folks, Joe Biden here,” the President says in the video. “Tested positive this morning. Going to be working from home for the next couple days. And I’m feeling fine too, everything’s good. But Commander and I got a little work to do.”

Biden also tweeted an image of himself wearing a black mask, looking directly at the camera, while signing a declaration to ‘expedite support to flooding survivors’ in Kentucky.

At least 25 people have died — including four children — in the devastating floods unleashed by torrential rainfall that swept through homes, washed out roads and pushed rivers over their banks, authorities said.

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“I’m taking more action to help the families being displaced and lives lost due to the flooding in Kentucky. Today, I added Individual Assistance to the Major Disaster declaration I approved to expedite support to flooding survivors,” the President tweeted.

“Today, I added Individual Assistance to the Major Disaster declaration I approved to expedite support to flooding survivors.”

Biden, who made his most recent public appearance on Thursday, had no scheduled events on Friday and was expected to travel home to his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday morning, where first lady Jill Biden has been staying.’

He was also scheduled to travel to Michigan to highlight the passage of a bill that supports domestic high-tech manufacturing, which he was touting during his isolation. Both trips have been cancelled.

Biden had tested negative for COVID on Tuesday following five days of isolation, and he provided another negative test on Wednesday. He also tested negative on Thursday and Friday.

The White House said Biden was infected by the BA.5 variant, which is responsible for a fresh surge in cases around the world.

Testing negative for the first time since July 21, Biden held a series of events in support of a $52 billion bill to subsidize computer chip manufacturing and research to counter America’s Chinese rivals.

Biden has kept to working remotely as he recovered, holding virtual meetings with world leaders and news conferences with reporters, who sat at a distance.

The president used his initial recovery on Wednesday as a chance to tout not only the COVID vaccines and boosters but also Paxlovid.

The drug is believed to be the most effective treatment against the virus and has been a favourite of the White House in recent months – with Biden even making it available for free to all infected people.

Clinical trials showed it could reduce the likelihood of hospitalization or death from infection by 90 per cent if taken within days of symptoms first appearing, though some fear the protection may not be long-lasting.

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