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Biden tests positive for COVID-19

Washington, Jul 21 (EFE) .- The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has tested positive for COVID-19 this Thursday and has “very mild” symptoms of the disease, White House spokeswoman Karine reported in a statement. Jean Pierre. Biden, who has had the vaccine against the disease and also the two booster doses, has started treatment with the oral antiretroviral drug Paxlovid, will remain isolated in the White House and will continue to work. In this sense, Jean-Pierre explained that the president has already been in contact with members of her team by telephone and will participate in several telephone or videoconference meetings from her residence. Later, Biden himself assured in a tweet that he was “terrific” and published a photo of him sitting in his office smiling. Biden thanked the support received and noted that he had just called Pennsylvania representatives Bob Casey and Matt Cartwright, as well as the mayor of Scranton, Paige Gebhardt Cognetti, to apologize for not being able to move there today, as he had planned. He even allowed himself to joke around, since he’s from Scranton: “I just called Senator Casey, Congressman Cartwright, and Mayor Cognetti (and my cousins ​​from Scranton) to apologize for missing today’s event. Keeping busy!” , wrote. The president was scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania today to deliver a speech at Wilkes University announcing measures to reduce gun violence. In accordance with White House protocol, which goes beyond the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Biden will remain isolated until he tests negative and will not return to work in person until then. . The White House promised to update data on the president’s health status daily while he continues to work. The White House medical unit will also inform all of the president’s close contacts, including those he had yesterday with members of Congress and the media, as well as others, during his trip to Massachusetts. The last test that Biden had taken and that he had given negative was last Tuesday. On the other hand, First Lady Jill Biden told reporters in Detroit, Michigan, where she visited the Schulze Academy for Technology and the Arts, that she had tested negative for COVID this morning. “You may have heard that my husband has tested positive for covid. I spoke to him a few minutes ago and he is fine. He feels fine,” said the first lady, adding that she had taken the test this morning and had given negative. “I’m going to continue to wear a mask, per CDC recommendations, so I’d like to go and watch the show here,” added Jill Biden, referring to a project to promote reading among Detroit students she plans to visit. . For her part, the country’s vice president, Kamala Harris, also tested negative for covid-19, a statement from a White House official said. “The last time (Harris) saw the president was on Tuesday, he spoke with the president on the phone this morning. His schedule will continue as planned. The vice president will wear a mask on the advice of the White House medical team,” the source said. . Harris today visits the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she will tour a project to facilitate access to high-speed internet for low-income people. (c) EFE Agency