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President Joe Biden tested negative for coronavirus Saturday following an initial rebound case of the viral respiratory infection reported last week.

His COVID-19 antigen testing was negative Saturday morning, but out of caution, he will continue his “strict isolation measures,” pending a second negative test, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, physician to the president, wrote in a memo to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

“The President continues to feel very well,” O’Connor said. “Given his rebound positivity which we reported last Saturday, we have continue daily monitoring.”

“As promised, I will keep your office updated with any changes in his condition or treatment plan,” the doctor added.

Biden tested positive for coronavirus July 21 and started treatment using the antiviral drug Paxlovid shortly after. The president is fully vaccinated and received two booster shots. He experienced mild symptoms, according to the White House.

Paxlovid greatly reduces the possibility of hospitalization or death for at-risk patients. However, a small percentage of those who use the medication still test positive and exhibit symptoms after completing the five-day regimen of the drug.

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