TOPSHOT - US President Joe Biden disembarks Air Force One at T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, on July 20, 2022. - Biden is travelling to Somerset, Massachusetts, to deliver remarks on the climate crisis and seizing the opportunity of a clean energy future. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

The 79-year-old tested positive on Thursday morning, the White House said on Thursday in Washington. He has “very mild symptoms”. In accordance with CDC guidelines, Biden will isolate himself in the White House. During this time, he will continue to “fulfill all of his duties”. He will take part in the meetings planned for Thursday from his residence by telephone and video conference. He also takes the drug Paxlovid from the pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizers as part of his treatment.

Biden visited the state of Massachusetts on Wednesday. Biden spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday that all close contacts of the president would be informed, including delegation members on the trip. Biden was last tested negative for the corona virus on Tuesday. Biden will work in isolation until he tests negative again. For reasons of transparency, the White House will report daily on the President’s health.

According to the White House, the US Democrat is fully vaccinated against the virus and has received two booster shots. Most recently, however, there had been a plethora of corona infections in his government and those around him – also among those who had been vaccinated.