In a reassuring turn of events, US President Joe Biden has fully recovered from COVID-19, just days before his scheduled visit to India for the G20 Summit. On Tuesday, President Biden tested negative for the virus, providing the green light for his official trip to India.
Unfortunately, US First Lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to accompany the President to India. She is experiencing mild symptoms and will remain in Delaware for the week.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed President Biden’s negative test results and outlined the safety protocols he will follow during his visit to India. These measures include masking indoors and around others, in accordance with CDC guidelines. The President will remove his mask when sufficiently distanced from others, both indoors and outdoors.
President Biden’s visit to India for the G20 Summit had been shrouded in uncertainty due to the First Lady’s COVID-19 infection. Despite this setback, the President is committed to attending the summit, which is scheduled for September 9 and 10 in New Delhi.
During his visit, President Biden is slated to engage in a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 8, on the sidelines of the summit. The President’s agenda includes reaffirming the United States’ commitment to the G20 as a premier forum for global economic cooperation. He will also address a range of critical issues, such as the social impact of Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
Following his participation in the G20 Summit, President Biden is set to visit Hanoi, Vietnam, on September 10, marking an eventful and diplomatically significant journey for the US President.