Coronavirus: Former President Barack Obama tests positive

Former President Barack Obama announced Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

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“I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” the 44th president tweeted. “(Wife) Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative.

“It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.”

Obama, 61, had recently returned to Washington, D.C., after spending most of the winter in Hawaii, CNN reported.

The Democrat was elected as the nation’s first Black president in 2008, defeating Arizona Sen. John McCain by 365 to 173 electoral votes. He won re-election in 2012, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a 332-206 margin in the Electoral College.

Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996 and won election to the U.S. Senate in 2004.

In 2009, Obama became the fourth president to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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