Bonnie Watson Coleman, a 75-year-old U.S. lawmaker, said Monday she tested positive for Covid-19, saying she was infected with a virus by fellow lawmakers with whom she was locked in the same room at the Capitol to protect herself from incumbent President .
Watson Coleman, a Democrat from New Jersey, said in a statement that the result of a rapid test for the virus was positive and said she was awaiting the results of another test, noting that she had already received the first of two doses of the vaccine. coronavirus.
The congressional supervisor said lawmakers who hid together for hours in a closed room to ward off intruders – fans may have been exposed to a man infected with the new coronavirus. About 200 people, including many members of the House of Representatives, stayed in a closed room for hours, and some Republicans did not wear masks.
“She believes she was exposed during the isolation in the US Capitol building to protect against insurgency,” her office said in a statement.
President-elect Joe Biden, who has made the Covid-19 pandemic a top priority, told reporters he was shocked that Republican lawmakers refused to wear masks while hiding from rioters, and that others threw them away. “It’s not a political issue. “It’s a matter of public safety,” said the Democratic president-elect.
Health officials and experts warn that the attack is likely to be a case of over-transmission of the virus, noting that MPs were isolated for hours indoors at the time of the invasion of the Capitol.
“One should expect this to be another booming event,” the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, told McClatchy News on Friday. “These people are all traveling by car and train and plane across the country to return home right now. So I think this is a fact that is likely to lead to a significant transmission of the virus. “
“We will see the transmission chains come out of this kind of concentration with certainty,” Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner, told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
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