Washington, Jul 30 (EFE).- United States President Joe Biden tested positive again for Covid-19 on Saturday following several days of negative results, his physician said in a statement released by the White House.
Dr. Kevin O’Connor, who had cautioned that Biden might be among the small percentage of patients treated with the antiviral medication Paxlovid who experience a “rebound” of coronavirus in the form of positive test results, said that the president “continues to feel quite well.”
Even so, the 79-year-old chief executive will “reinitiate strict isolation procedures,” the physician said.
Biden, who first tested positive on July 21, isolated in the residential quarters of the White House until Tuesday, re-emerging only after testing negative on consecutive days.
Because of the potential for a rebound, the president “increased his testing cadence, both to protect people around him and to assure early detection of any return of viral replication,” O’Connor wrote in a memo.
Saturday’s positive result came after five straight days of negative tests.
“Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again,” Biden said on his official Twitter account. “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.”
The president dropped his plan to travel Sunday to his residence in Delaware, where first lady Jill Biden has been since her husband’s first positive test, and postponed a visit to Michigan set for early next week.
Biden later posted to Twitter a video of himself and his German shepherd dog, Commander, on a White House balcony.
“Hey folks, Joe Biden here. Tested positive this morning. Going to be working from home for the next couple of days. And I’m feeling fine, everything’s good. But Commander and I got a little work to do,” the president says on the clip. EFE bpm/dr