WASHINGTON – A second Democratic member of the Home who was pressured to enter lockdown throughout final week’s siege on the U.S. Capitol has examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., mentioned she has examined optimistic and criticized Republican members of Congress who declined to put on a masks when it was supplied to them.
“Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus severely, and in doing so, they endanger everybody round them,” Jayapal mentioned. “Solely hours after President Trump incited a lethal assault on our Capitol, our nation, and our democracy, many Republicans nonetheless refused to take the naked minimal COVID-19 precaution and easily put on a rattling masks in a crowded room throughout a pandemic.”
Jayapal’s assertion got here after Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey mentioned Monday that she had examined optimistic for COVID-19.
They have been amongst dozens of lawmakers whisked to a safe location when pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol. A press launch from her workplace on Monday famous that “various members throughout the house ignored directions to put on masks.”
Some members of Congress huddled for hours within the giant room, whereas others have been there for a shorter interval.
Each lawmakers are isolating. Jayapal referred to as for “critical fines to be instantly levied on each single member who refuses to put on a masks within the Capitol.”
“Moreover, any Member who refuses to put on a masks needs to be instantly faraway from the ground by the Sergeant at Arms. This isn’t a joke,” she mentioned. “Our lives and our livelihoods are in danger, and anybody who refuses to put on a masks needs to be absolutely held accountable for endangering our lives due to their egocentric idiocy.”
Over the weekend, the Capitol’s attending doctor notified all lawmakers of attainable virus publicity and urged them to be examined.
Dr. Brian Moynihan wrote Sunday that “many members of the Home neighborhood have been in protecting isolation within the giant room — some for a number of hours” on Wednesday. He mentioned “people could have been uncovered to a different occupant with coronavirus an infection.”
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