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Three lawmakers check constructive for Covid after the Capitol lockdown

Representative Pramila Jayapal (L) and Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.

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At least three Democratic lawmakers have tested positive for Covid-19 since they were locked down during the Capitol Siege last week.

MP Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Announced early Tuesday that she had tested positive for Covid-19 and was the second lawmaker to contract the virus after the riot. Later that day, Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., Said he had tested positive.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., Said Monday that she received a positive test result.

Jayapal is 55 years old, Schneider is 59 years old and Watson Coleman is 75 years old. Elderly people are more prone to serious illness from the coronavirus. Jayapal and Watson Coleman each received the first dose of a Covid vaccine, which requires two shots every week to be effective. It was not immediately clear whether Schneider had received a dose.

In statements announcing their positive test results, Jayapal and Schneider slammed Republicans who refused to wear masks while under protection on Wednesday.

"Just hours after President Trump instigated a deadly attack on our Capitol, our country and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply put a damn mask in an overcrowded one during a pandemic Space to carry a superspreader event in addition to a domestic terrorist attack, "Jayapal said.

Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL) speaks about his experiences during a trip to Israel and Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of a non-partisan delegation from the House of Representatives, while Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) listens in Washington on January 28, 2020. DC.

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"Today I am in strict isolation, concerned that I have risked my wife's health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-maskers who put their own contempt and disregard for decency before the health and safety of their colleagues and our employees," said Cutter.

At least six Republicans of the House have been filmed refusing to wear masks during the lockdown, according to a video posted online by Punchbowl News. The people featured in the video were Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, Markwayne Mullin from Oklahoma, Andy Biggs from Arizona, Scott Perry from Pennsylvania, Michael Cloud from Texas, and Doug LaMalfa from California.

On Sunday, Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician in Congress, said during that time "people may have been exposed to another inmate with coronavirus infection".

Jayapal had said in an interview with The Cut published on Friday that she believed the event was likely to spread infection.

"I am now under quarantine because I am convinced that the place we landed in the secured room – which was over 100 people and many Republicans were not wearing masks – was a super-spreader event," he said Washington Democrat's website in an interview your office said was conducted Thursday.

Jayapal did not state in her testimony whether she was experiencing symptoms. She said she was isolating and "will continue to work to the best of her ability because the deep urgency of our many crises is of the utmost concern."

Schneider said he had no symptoms.

"Since driving home from Washington to Deerfield, I have remained as isolated as possible from my wife in our house and have not had close contacts since my announcement on Wednesday," he said.

Watson Coleman said she was resting at home.

"While I have mild, cold-like symptoms, I remain in a good mood and will continue to work for my constituents," she said in a statement.

Jayapal called for consequences for members of Congress who had not taken precautions against the virus.

"I also demand that heavy fines be immediately imposed on every single member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol," said Jayapal.

"Also, any member who refuses to wear a mask should be removed from the ground immediately by the Sergeant at Arms. This is no joke. Our lives and livelihoods are at risk, and anyone who refuses to wear a mask, should be wholly blamed for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy, "she added.

Schneider also called for those who do not wear masks to be removed from the floor of the house.

House of Representatives GOP Chairman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Did not respond to a request for comment.

The coronavirus infections emerge as the House of Representatives pushes parallel measures to remove President Donald Trump this week.

The House is expected to pass a resolution on Tuesday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. An impeachment procedure that was introduced on Monday is expected to be examined on Wednesday. Legislators who isolate or quarantine can cast their vote through a proxy.

According to the Johns Hopkins University, more than 375,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States.

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