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First lady Jill Biden tests positive for Covid-19

First Lady Jill Biden has tested positive for Covid-19, as announced by the White House. She is reportedly experiencing “mild symptoms.” In contrast, President Joe Biden has tested negative for the virus.

This diagnosis has disrupted Dr. Biden’s plans to begin teaching the fall semester at Northern Virginia Community College on Tuesday. Her spokesperson, Vanessa Valdivia, confirmed that they are working with the school to ensure that her classes are adequately covered by a substitute.

Typically, Dr. Biden, 72, teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will be under the monitoring and guidance of the White House medical team during her illness.

Due to her diagnosis, the first lady will not participate in a send-off dinner for the US team competing in the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany next week. The event was originally on her schedule.

As of now, there have been no changes to White House Covid protocols, and President Biden’s schedule remains unaffected. The president is expected to present the Medal of Honor to an Army captain in a White House ceremony on Tuesday before departing for the G20 Summit in India later in the week.

Both President and First Lady Biden had previously tested positive for Covid-19 last summer while on separate occasions. They experienced rebound cases shortly after being treated with Paxlovid.

This news comes amid renewed concerns about Covid-19 as the world approaches its fourth virus season since the pandemic began. While data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from earlier in the summer showed a slight increase in hospital admissions, emergency department visits, and positive Covid-19 tests, the numbers were not as high as in previous summers. Nevertheless, scientists are closely monitoring a new variant, BA.2.86, due to its high mutation rate and the potential implications for virus transmission and vaccine effectiveness.

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