Biden Emerges From Isolation Again After Second Negative Coronavirus Test

WASHINGTON — President Biden left isolation on Sunday morning after a weeklong rebound case of Covid-19, heading to Rehoboth Seaside in Delaware for a brief getaway earlier than resuming official journey.

The president appeared in good spirits as he emerged from the White Home within the early morning hours with no tie and headed to Marine One for the flight to the seaside. “I’m feeling good,” he informed reporters.

The White Home mentioned that Mr. Biden had examined adverse for the coronavirus for a second consecutive day earlier than leaving the White Home. “He will safely return to public engagement and presidential travel,” Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, the White Home doctor, mentioned in a memo launched by the White Home.

Mr. Biden initially examined optimistic for the coronavirus on July 21 and skilled a sore throat, a runny nostril, a cough, physique aches and fatigue. After 5 days of isolation and a routine of the antiviral remedy Paxlovid, he examined adverse and returned to the Oval Workplace, solely to check optimistic once more a number of days later and return into isolation. He examined adverse once more on Saturday, and Dr. O’Connor mentioned the president would wait till a second adverse consequence to emerge from isolation.

Whereas he has tried to keep up a schedule of public appearances by way of video feed from the White Home residence, Mr. Biden has been desperate to return to the political fray in particular person at a time when he has scored some vital successes and needs to translate them into public assist heading into the autumn midterm campaigns.

The Senate was in session in a single day because it moved towards passage of a long-delayed, slimmed-down model of Mr. Biden’s home laws, which will likely be a serious victory if it reaches his desk.

The president expressed confidence that the Senate would approve the measure, which incorporates the nation’s largest funding in local weather change and power initiatives in addition to a plan to decrease the price of pharmaceuticals, expanded well being care subsidies and a minimal tax on firms which have in any other case paid little to nothing. “I think it’s going to pass,” Mr. Biden informed reporters.

The president’s seaside journey is not going to final lengthy. Anticipating a second adverse check consequence, the White Home had already scheduled a visit for the president and the primary girl to go to Kentucky on Monday to look at flood harm.