'Keep the faith': President Biden says he is 'okay' after positive Covid test

The president is now being treated with anti-virals, as US Correspondent Emma Murphy reports


US President Joe Biden has told Americans to "keep the faith" and that he is feeling "okay" after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 79-year-old who has received a full round of vaccinations and two booster jabs, is reportedly experiencing mild symptoms, but will continue his duties as he isolates at the White House.

In a statement from his press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, the US president will continue to hold meetings albeit via phone or Zoom and is currently taking anti-viral medication.

In a post on social media, the President said "really appreciated" the concerns of Amercans and that he was "getting a lot of work done."

The statement from press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: "This morning, President Biden tested positive for Covid-19.  He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. 

"He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. 

"He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence. "Consistent with White House protocol for positive Covid cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. 

"Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work."


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It continued: "Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.

"Per standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Unit will inform all close contacts of the President during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s travel. 

"The President’s last previous test for Covid was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result."

In a statement from Joe Biden's doctor, the 79-year-old's positive test result was picked up as part of a routine test and stated that he had mentioned common Covid symptoms such as a runny nose, dry cough and fatigue.