3 Democrat lawmakers test Covid positive after Capitol turmoil
Published: 11:33 AM, 13 January 2021
Pramila Jayapal (Left), Bonnie Watson Coleman (Middle), Brad Schneider (Right) were tested Covid-19 positive after sheltering for hours with other officials during the deadly assault on the Capitol last week; Photo: Collected
Three United States lawmakers have tested Covid-19 positive after sheltering for hours with other officials during the deadly assault on the Capitol last week.
The three lawmakers of House Democrats – Bonnie Watson Coleman, Pramila Jayapal and Brad Schneider – have announced their diagnoses.
They took shelter in secure rooms during a mob of Donald Trump breached Capitol Hill and vandalized inside the House of Representatives.
A video shared by Punchbowl News showed that some republicans were not wearing masks during the ordeal, however, CBS pictures showed that Jayapal herself was not wearing a mask at one point.
Medical experts fear more lawmakers may have contracted the disease, potentially amounting to a super-spreader event at a time when coronavirus infections and deaths continue to rise in the US.
Meanwhile, top congressional doctor Brian Monahan told lawmakers and congressional staff who took shelter during the turmoil to get Covid-19 tested.
“During that time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection,” he said.
The US recorded more than 235,000 new cases of coronavirus infection, raising the virus cases to 22,837,244 and 4,470 deaths, surging the death toll from the pandemic stood to 380,670, the Johns Hopkins University reported the tally as of 8:30 pm local time.