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First Lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19

Jill Biden took a COVID-19 test on Monday night, and the result was positive

First Lady Jill Biden
First Lady Jill Biden | Shutterstock

September 5, 2023 9:02am

Updated: December 18, 2023 7:36am

First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19, and is experiencing "mild symptoms," the White House announced in a statement on Monday.

Mrs. Biden took a COVID-19 test on Monday night, and received a positive result.

For now, she will remain at her residence in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, as detailed by the White House in the aforementioned statement.

In another statement, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre indicated that President Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 in another test conducted on the same night after his wife tested positive.

As the spokesperson mentioned, the president will undergo regular testing this week and will be vigilant in case he experiences any symptoms.

Biden intends to depart for New Delhi on Thursday to participate in the G20 leaders' summit, which takes place between September 9 and 10, and from there, he plans to visit Vietnam.

The President, at 80 years old, is the oldest serving president in U.S. history and had previously contracted COVID-19 in July of last year.

Jill Biden's infection comes amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in the United States, where hospitalizations have increased by 31% in the past two weeks, according to federal data.

In any case, it is difficult to determine the current number of cases in the United States because many states have stopped reporting them.