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US First lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19
This Mother’s Day, I wanted to be with Ukrainian mothers and their children. Over the last few months, far too many Ukrainians have had to flee their homes – forcing them to leave behind their loved ones. (Jill Biden Twitter account)

U.S. first lady Jill Biden has testified positive for COVID-19, her communications director Elizabeth Alexander said on Tuesday (August 16).

After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the first lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening.

She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive, the spokeswoman said.

The first lady has been staying in a "private residence" on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, while on a family vacation with the president.

The White House statement added that the close contacts of the first lady have been notified and she will "return home after she receives two consecutive negative COVID tests." 

Joe Biden celebrated Eid Al-Fitr on Monday (May 2) at the White House (Photo: President Biden Twitter page)

The White House said, President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday (August 16).

President Joe Biden on Saturday (July 30) tested positive for Covid-19 once again after consecutive days of testing negative for the virus.

Biden, 79, experienced no new symptoms and “continued to feel quite well,” according to his doctor.

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Biden is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

On Monday (August 15), US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin said he was self-isolating at home after testing positive for the coronavirus for a second time.

Austin, who said he was experiencing mild symptoms, plans to isolate for five days, in according with US health guidelines.

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