Washington, Mar 19 : Two US lawmakers were confirmed positive for the coronavirus as the US has crossed more than 9,300 cases with 150 deaths so far. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican House representative from Florida, said on Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first US congressman to contract the virus.
His office said in a statement that the congressman has been in self-quarantine in his Washington DC apartment since Friday and developed symptoms including a fever and a headache on Saturday evening. "I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better," Diaz-Balart said on Twitter. Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams also tested positive for the deadly virus after developing mild cold-like symptoms last Saturday. The 45-year-old McAdams said he immediately self-isolated at home, but "my symptoms got worse and I developed a fever, a dry cough and laboured breathing".
His doctor referred him on Tuesday for a COVID-19 test, which came back positive on Wednesday, according to the statement. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, signed a coronavirus relief package that was passed earlier in the day in the US Senate by 90-8. The bill provides free virus testing and paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer, as well as expanded funding for food welfare. California, New York and Washington are the three states badly hit by the coronavirus. (UNI)