US First Lady tests positive for COVID-19

US First Lady, Jill Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms days before President Joe Biden, who tested negative for the virus is due to travel to India for G 20 summit.

Biden’s 72-year-old wife, who is vaccinated and has received boosters will stay at home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where she and President Joe Biden spent part of the weekend.

“This evening, the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19”, her communications director, Elizabeth Alexander disclosed in a statement.

“Following the First Lady’s positive test for COVID-19, President Biden was administered a COVID test this evening and he tested negative”, the White House said.

It added that the President will test at a regular cadence this week and monitor for symptoms.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Biden’s foreign travel could be affected.

However, Biden’s official week-ahead schedule released shortly after the announcement of the first lady’s diagnosis showed him traveling to New Delhi on Thursday to attend the G20 summit. Biden is scheduled to fly to Hanoi on Sunday.

80-year-old Biden is running for re-election in 2024 in a campaign in which the question about his age has loomed as a key issue for voters.

He is the oldest president to seek a second term and some Republicans have said he is too old to be given another four years in the White House.

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