US First Lady Jill Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and developed mild symptoms, the White House said on Tuesday, two weeks after her husband Joe Biden contracted the virus for the second time.
The president’s wife, 71, tested negative on Monday but developed “cold-like symptoms” late in the evening, her communications director, Elizabeth Alexander, said in a statement.
A subsequent rapid antigen test was negative, but a more detailed PCR test was positive, Alexander said.
The first lady has been prescribed a regimen of the oral antiviral pill Paxlovid and will isolate for at least five days.
She “is double vaccinated, twice boosted and has only mild symptoms,” Alexander added.
Jill Biden tested positive while on vacation in South Carolina, where she lives in a private home and will return to the White House after two consecutive negative tests, her aide said.
President Biden, who turns 80 in November, has recently recovered from two separate bouts of the coronavirus.
He first tested positive on July 21 and continued to carry out his duties while isolating in the White House.
After four days of negative testing, he tested positive again on July 30 and was isolated a second time.
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