Biden COVID-19 symptoms improve: physician

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US President Joe Biden's COVID-19 symptoms continue to improve and now include "less troublesome" sore throat, runny nose, loose cough and body aches, his physician, Dr Kevin O'Connor, says in a memo.

Biden's lungs remain clear and his oxygen saturation "continues to be excellent on room air," the doctor said.

Biden, 79, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, when the White House said he was experiencing mild symptoms.

His diagnosis came as a highly contagious sub-variant of the coronavirus drives a new wave of cases in the United States.

Biden most likely has that BA5 variant, O'Connor said.

"The president continues to tolerate treatment well. We will continue PAXLOVID as planned," he said, referring to the Pfizer antiviral drug the president is taking.

The White House has sought to underscore Biden's ability to work through his illness.

On Thursday it released a video of the president reassuring the public he was doing fine, and on Friday he participated in virtual meetings with White House staff.

His schedule showed no presidential events over the weekend.

The president's wife, first lady Jill Biden, is at their home in Wilmington, Delaware.

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