Biden again tests negative for COVID-19
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 again Tuesday, his campaign said.
Biden underwent a PCR test for COVID-19 on Tuesday, and the virus was not detected, his campaign said in a statement distributed by the press pool. It was the third time the former vice president has tested negative for the illness since President Trump announced around 1 a.m. on Friday that he had contracted the coronavirus.
Biden tested negative on Friday hours after Trump’s announcement that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. He was tested for a second time Sunday, when the results were also negative.
Concerns over the former vice president’s possible exposure to the coronavirus spiked after Trump’s positive test results in light of the meeting between the two at the first presidential debate last Tuesday. The two presidential contenders did not make any physical contact, and their podiums were spaced about 12 feet apart.
Still, Fox News host and debate moderator Chris Wallace said last week that Trump arrived too late to be tested on-site for COVID-19 and that members of his family and campaign did not wear masks throughout the event, fueling worries over the possible spread of the virus throughout the venue.
Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday after a weekend stay there to receive treatment for the coronavirus. Biden during that time returned to the campaign trail but did take down all negative advertising while the president was battling COVID-19.
Trump and Biden have two debates left scheduled for October, though it is unclear if or how Trump’s diagnosis will impact the match-ups.
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