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Jill Biden Tests Positive For Covid As President Prepares For G20 Trip

TOPLINE The White House revealed on Monday that First Lady Jill Biden had tested positive for Covid-19, amid a nationwide outbreak of illnesses in the late summer and just days before President Joe Biden was scheduled to depart for India for the G20 conference.
From Camp David, President Biden returns to the White House
Covid has been detected in Jill Biden's system. KEY FACTS FOR GETTY IMAGES
On Monday night, the first lady tested positive for Covid-19, according to her spokesperson Elizabeth Alexander.

Jill Biden is merely "experiencing mild symptoms," according to Alexander.

The first lady will stay at her Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home, according to Alexander.

The first lady and her husband spent the weekend together at their vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, where they observed hurricane recovery work.


President Biden, who returned from Delaware alone on Monday night, has tested negative for the virus, according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. She added that Biden will "test at a regular cadence this week and monitor for symptoms."

Later this week, President Biden is scheduled to visit the G20 conference in India. In light of deteriorating ties between Washington and Beijing, Biden had hoped to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, Xi is allegedly skipping the meeting. After that, the president is anticipated to visit Hanoi in an effort to strengthen ties with Vietnam. His participation will certainly be affected by any symptoms or positive test results, and his interactions with the first lady may influence other delegates' or world leaders' willingness to meet with him in person.

The president and first lady are both viewed as having a high risk of COVID-19 due to their ages. However, both had received vaccinations, which reduce the likelihood of developing a serious sickness. Additionally, both have had "rebound" episodes of the virus after contracting it about a year earlier and recovering after receiving antiviral medication. Since new updated vaccines are anticipated to go on sale this autumn, the first lady's sickness serves as a prominent reminder of the virus' ongoing presence and risk. Public health professionals advise people to keep watchful and get immunized. Although Covid is no longer as prominent in public and political life, cases and hospitalizations have increased recently across the United States, and specialists are worried about the emergence of new varieties. According to official data, infections and hospitalizations are still at low levels compared to the pandemic's peaks, but tracing the virus is more difficult due to changes in surveillance and less careful testing.


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