WILMINGTON, United States – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Friday he has tested negative for COVID-19, three days after his debate with Donald Trump, who has contracted the illness.
“I’m happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative for COVID,” Biden said. “I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.”
Minutes before, his doctor Kevin O’Connor issued a statement via the 77-year-old former vice president’s campaign about the negative result.
“Vice President Joe Biden and Dr Jill Biden underwent PCR testing for Covid-19 today and Covid-19 was not detected,” O’Connor said.
Trump’s positive diagnosis – announced in the early hours of Friday after one of his senior aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive – has jolted the race for the White House with a month to go.
Earlier, Biden had wished his 74-year-old adversary and his wife Melania a swift recovery from Covid-19.
“Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery,” Biden tweeted.
“We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”
Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris put out a similar tweet, saying she and her husband Doug are “keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts.”
Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative, his spokesman said Friday.