Joe Biden tests positive for Covid again

US President Joe Biden has again tested positive for Covid, the White House has revealed.

The 79-year-old leader returned another positive result just days after testing negative four times last week from a previous infection. He has no symptoms, but will re-enter isolation for another five days, per US guidelines.

In a letter released by the White House, her physician Kevin O’Connor described the positive as a “rebound” case, and said recurrence of a positive result had been seen in a small number of Covid patients who had been treated with Paxlovid, as Mr. Biden had been.

“The president has not experienced any recurrence of symptoms and continues to feel reasonably well,” Dr O’Connor said.

“That being the case, there is no reason to reinstate treatment at this time, but we will obviously continue close observation.”

As Mr. Biden had tested negative earlier in the week, he returned to in-person meetings. He was not masked at an outdoor event, but the White House said social distancing was observed.

Mr Biden tweeted that although he will self-isolate for the next few days, he is “still hard at work and will be on the road soon”.

Planned trips to the US states of Delaware and Michigan have been canceled.

Mr Biden first tested positive for Covid on July 21 and had reportedly had mild symptoms including a runny nose, dry cough and fatigue.

He is fully vaccinated against Covid, receiving his fourth injection in March.

Mr. Biden turns 80 in November.

Originally published as US President Joe Biden tests positive for Covid again

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