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Jill Biden Tests Negative for Coronavirus


Jill Biden, the first lady, tested negative for the coronavirus on Thursday, the White House said, putting an apparent end to a minor health scare that had threatened to upend President Biden’s trip to a Group of 20 summit in India.

The announcement came shortly before Mr. Biden departed the White House for his trip to New Delhi, where he plans to lobby world leaders on matters that include condemning Russia’s war with Ukraine and curbing China’s financial influence over poorer countries. The president also tested negative for the virus on Thursday, as he had throughout the week.

The White House had announced that Dr. Biden, 72, had tested positive for the virus on Monday, after she and Mr. Biden spent part of the weekend at their family home in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

White House officials had said she was experiencing only mild symptoms of the virus, and did not seem to anticipate her remaining contagious or requiring a lengthy recovery. They announced on Wednesday that she would deliver remarks, along with Hillary Clinton, at a White House event next week celebrating this year’s Praemium Imperiale laureates, recipients of a prestigious award presented by the Japan Art Association for lifetime achievement.



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