Armed protesters enter Michigan’s state capitol demanding end to coronavirus lockdown
During the riots, lawmakers spent several hours indoors, where some were without masks.
Another Democratic congressman contracted the coronavirus after spending several hours locked up with colleagues during the storming of the Capitol, among whom were Republicans without masks. This is the third such case in recent days..
Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman reported positive testing on Monday, criticizing Republicans for refusing to wear masks while isolated in confined spaces.. Both said they are in quarantine.
Congressman Brad Schneider also announced on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with the coronavirus..
“Now I am in strict isolation, fearing to jeopardize the health of my wife, and I am angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-masks,” Schneider said in a statement..
Jaipal added that lawmakers who refuse to wear masks in the Capitol should be fined and kicked out of meetings.
Watson Coleman, 75, a cancer survivor, said she is awaiting more complete test results after her rapid test is positive.
Congressional physician Dr. Brian Monahan warned Sunday that some 200 people could be at risk of infection, including some lawmakers and staff members who have been together indoors for several hours. He did not elaborate on details.
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