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Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘very mild symptoms’

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President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, underscoring the extent to which the virus has infiltrated American society. The White House said Thursday the 79-year-old Biden is experiencing “very mild symptoms.” Biden is fully vaccinated after getting two initial doses of the coronavirus vaccine and two boosters since. When a fully vaccinated person experiences a breakthrough infection, the chance of severe illness or death is low. The virus that has now infected numerous world leaders, despite an urgent global vaccination drive. Biden will isolate at the White House but continue to carry out his duties via phone and Zoom, the White House said. Biden canceled a planned visit to Pennsylvania on Thursday.

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