Two members of the US Congress have tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
The development emphasises the risk the disease poses to lawmakers as they convene in Washington D.C.; to pass bills to mitigate the outbreak.
The two infected lawmakers are Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican; and Rep. Ben McAdams, a Democrat from Utah, confirmed Wednesday that they tested positive for the coronavirus. Further, both said they had developed symptoms on Saturday evening after voting for a coronavirus relief bill on Capitol Hill.C
Consequently, Diaz-Balart decided to self-quarantine inside his Washington D.C. apartment on Friday after the vote. Also, McAdams self-quarantined on Sunday in Utah after returning from Washington D.C.
Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Scalise, a top Republican in the House, said he will begin to self-quarantine and work from home. He had an extended meeting with Diaz-Balart late last week, though he said he is not experiencing symptoms.
Additionally, Rep. Drew Ferguson, also a Republican, said Wednesday he will self-quarantine; after coming into contact with an infected member of Congress.
However, he did not specify who.
The House has been in recess for the past week following the coronavirus bill vote. But the Senate is continuing work; even though the Federal Government has advised against gathering in groups of 10 or more people.
“I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better.However, it’s important that everyone take this extremely seriously and follow CDC guidelines; in order to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times,” Diaz-Balart said in a statement.
Indeed, the world has been reeling in the wake of the dreaded coronavirus outbreak.
With additional reports from Forbes