Former U.S. President Barack Obama in a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Sunday said he tested positive to the novel coronavirus, adding that he feels better except for an itchy throat.
According to the 44th President of the United States, his wife Michelle Obama’s test for the virus returned negative.
His tweet reads “I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple of days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative.”
Obama joins the list of other notable personalities who have tested positive for the deadly virus.
TOS NEWS reported how Queen Elizabeth II of England also tested positive for the virus in late February, 2022. The Buckingham Palace had said the Queen was experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms”, but will continue “light duties at Windsor”.
Canadian singer-songwriter, Justin Bieber, in February, also announced that he tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, Obama said it is important for everyone to get vaccinated against the virus to prevent upsurge of cases.
“It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down,” he said.
Obama’s diagnosis comes at a time when case rates and deaths in the U.S. are on the decline following the winter Omicron surge. It also comes as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxing in the country.
Statistics shows that as of March 13, 2022, the United States has recorded a total of 79,517,492 infections and 967,552 fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic.