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US first lady tests positive for covid-19

The first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, tested positive for covid-19 and is suffering from mild symptoms, the White House said Tuesday, two weeks after President Joe Biden contracted the virus for the second time.

Jill Biden, 71, tested negative on Monday but developed "cold-like symptoms late at night"its director of communications, Elizabeth Alexander, said in a statement.

A subsequent rapid antigen test came back negative, but a more detailed PCR test came back positive, Alexander said.

The first lady will receive the oral antiviral pill Paxlovid and will be isolated for at least five days.

She "has two shots, two boosters and only has mild symptoms"Alexander added.

Jill Biden tested positive while on vacation in South Carolina, where she is staying in a private residence and will return to the White House after two consecutive negative results, her aide said.

The president bidenwho turns 80 in November, recently recovered from two infections different from the coronavirus.

He first tested positive on July 21 and continued to perform his duties while self-isolating at the White House.

After four days of negative tests, again received a positive result on July 30 and went into isolation a second time for about two weeks, before finally testing negative on August 6.



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