Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time and is returning to isolation, his White House doctor said Saturday, attributing the result to the “recurring” positivity of the treatment the US president received.
Biden, 79, “tested positive late Saturday morning, through antigen testing,” after four consecutive days of negative tests, and “will re-initiate strict isolation procedures,” presidential physician Kevin O’Connor wrote in a memorandum.
“This basically represents ‘rebound’ positivity,” O’Connor wrote, referring to a situation where patients treated with the drug Paxlovid — as Biden was — cleared the virus, but tested positive after completing their course.
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“The president has not experienced any renewed symptoms and is still feeling quite well. If this is the case, there is no reason to restart treatment at this time,” he added.
The second positive test came just three days after O’Connor said Biden had tested negative for the disease and no longer needed to isolate, which he has been doing since he got a first positive result on July 21.
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