Joe Biden tests negative for Covid and will end ‘strict’ isolation

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Joe Biden tests negative for Covid and will end ‘strict’ isolation

US President Joe Biden tested negative for Covid on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning after getting infected with the virus last week, his physician said.

Mr Biden remains fever free and his symptoms are almost completely resolved, his physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor confirmed in a memo on Wednesday.

As a result of his negative tests, he will discontinue his strict isolation measures, according to the White House.

The president had mild symptoms which steadily improved since his positive test result on Thursday. He will continue to wear a mask for 10 full days when he is around others, the physician said.

Mr Biden tested positive for Covid on July 21 amid a surge in cases across the country.

He continued to work during isolation, holding meetings virtually and addressing groups through tape-recorded messages.

“Back to the Oval,” Mr Biden tweeted after the White House released the latest daily update. His tweet included a photo of a rapid Covid test showing a negative result.

“Thanks to Doc for the good care, and to all of you for your support,” it added.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s physician, wrote in Wednesday’s update that the president had completed a five-day course of Paxlovid, an anti-viral drug used to treat the virus.

Mr Biden remains free of fever and had not used Tylenol in the past 36 hours.