Despite the increase in Omicron coronavirus cases in the United States, Joe and Jill Biden made an unannounced joint visit to a children’s hospital in Washington DC on Christmas Eve.
The US president’s visit to the National Children’s Hospital came as a surprise to patients and staff, the White House reported, and would be the first visit to the institution of a sitting president.
Barack Obama made a vacation visit to the hospital in 2018, nearly two years after leaving office.
Photos on Friday showed the first couple with young patients, everyone wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Children at the hospital made paper lanterns and some in the Bidens read their Christmas wish lists.
“You bring us a little bit of joy,” Biden told patients, and he also thanked the medical staff.
First Ladies traditionally visit the hospital over the Christmas…