President Biden is negative for coronavirus after week of positive tests

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President Biden tested negative for the coronavirus Saturday, his doctor said, after a mild but prolonged rebound case.

The White House first reported that Biden had contracted the virus on July 21. He left isolation last week when he had consecutive days of negative tests after completing a course of Paxlovid. Last weekend, however, the president tested positive again when he experienced the “rebound” effect that occurs in many patients.

A full week later, he has now tested negative using an antigen test. The president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, said Biden will remain in isolation until he receives another negative test. O’Connor said Biden “continues to feel good.”

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When Biden emerged from covid-19 isolation on July 27, he gave a triumphant speech about the nation’s progress in the fight against the virus to White House staff in the Rose Garden.

“I got through it with no fear — very mild discomfort because of these essential, life-saving tools,” he said. “The whole time I was in isolation, I was able to work and carry out the tasks of the office and without interruption. It is a real statement about where we are in the fight against covid-19.”

Just a few days later, however, Biden’s doctor announced that the president tested positive again, sending him back into isolation.

Throughout his battle with the coronavirus, the president has continued to work, mostly from inside the treaty room on the second floor of the White House.

In the two weeks since his first positive test, Biden has had one of the most successful legislative stints of his presidency: Congress passed the $280 billion Chips and Science Act; and Senate Democrats, after months of wrangling, agreed on a sweeping package called the Inflation Reduction Act to lower health care costs, fight climate change and reduce the federal deficit.

The U.S. also carried out a successful strike in Afghanistan, killing Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda leader, and on Friday the jobs report disappointed expectations as employers added 528,000 jobs.

On Monday, Biden is expected to make his first scheduled public appearance since his rebound case, meeting in Kentucky with Gov. Andy Beshear (D) to visit families affected by devastating flooding that has killed at least 37 people and displaced hundreds .

The president is also expected to hold two signing ceremonies next week at the White House for the Chips and Science Act and the Pact Act, which would expand health care for veterans exposed to burning pits.

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