Jill Biden tests positive for Covid-19
Jill Biden has tested positive for Covid-19, the White House has announced.
The US president’s wife is resting at their home in Delaware with “mild symptoms”, her spokeswoman said, while Joe Biden has tested negative for the virus.
The announcement comes after the couple visited Florida on Saturday to survey the damage of Hurricane Idalia.
Mrs Biden, 72, last tested positive for the virus in August last year, after Mr Biden himself recovered from the same illness.
At the time, both initially recovered before receiving “bounce back” positive test results days later.
They are considered in a high-risk group because of their age, but both have been vaccinated.
Elizabeth Alexander, Mrs Biden’s communications director, said: “This evening, the First Lady tested positive for Covid-19. She is currently experiencing only mild symptoms. She will remain at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.”
Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said: “Following the First Lady’s positive test for Covid-19, President Biden was administered a Covid test this evening. The President tested negative. The President will test at a regular cadence this week and monitor for symptoms.”
Cases of the virus have increased in the United States in recent weeks, with hospitalisations increasing by 19 per cent to 15,067 nationwide by August 19.
Deaths increased by 18 per cent in the week ending August 16, the most recent update on the Centers for Disease Control and Protection website said.