PM Modi wishes Biden ‘quick recovery’ from Covid; US prez gives health update | Latest News India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Thursday to wish US President Joe Biden a “quick recovery” after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Modi expressed his best wishes on a day when India received its first female tribal president after Droupadi Murmu won a landslide victory over Yashwant Sinha.

“My best wishes to Joe Biden for a speedy recovery from Covid-19 and prayers for his good health,” Modi tweeted.

Minutes after the prime minister’s message, Biden himself provided an update on his health on the microblogging site, saying he is “doing well” and “keeps busy”.

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“People, I’m fine. Thank you for your concern. I just called Senator Casey, Congressman Cartwright, and Mayor Cognetti (and my Scranton cousins!) to express my regret for missing our event today. Keep busy!” read the US president’s tweet.

News that Biden contracted the infection came earlier in the day, with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre saying in a statement that he was experiencing “very mild symptoms.”

The 79-year-old, who is the 46th president of the United States, has been fully vaccinated against the virus and will be boosted twice, Jean-Pierre added.

The statement went on to say that Biden “will isolate himself in the White House while continuing to perform all of his duties in full.”

Jean-Pierre said Biden last tested negative on Tuesday and will remain in isolation until he tests negative again.

“He was in telephone contact with members of White House staff this morning and will attend his scheduled meetings at the White House this morning via telephone and Zoom from the residence,” the statement said.

The White House also released a letter from Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, stating that the US president has a runny nose and “fatigue, with an occasional dry cough, which started last night.”

Meanwhile, first lady Jill Biden spoke to reporters after arriving at a school in Detroit earlier today. “He’s fine,” she said. “He feels good.”

Biden returned from a trip to Western Asia last week and then traveled to Massachusetts on Wednesday.

(With inputs from AP)

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