SECOND Democratic MP tested positive for COVID-19 after taking refuge during siege on Capitol Hill

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Representative Pramila Jayapal became the second Democratic congressman to test positive for COVID-19 after being forced to take shelter in a secure room with unmasked Republicans during the siege on Capitol Hill last Wednesday.

Jayapal, who represents Washington’s 7th Congressional District, revealed his diagnosis in a tweet Monday evening, accusing his political opponents of being infected.

“I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked in a secure room on the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask, but recklessly made fun of their colleagues and staff who did so. have offered one, ”the 55-year-old posted.

Jayapal’s announcement came just hours after Democratic Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, 75, revealed that she too had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Representative Pramila Jayapal became the second Democratic congressman to test positive for COVID-19 after being forced to take shelter in a secure room with unmasked Republicans during the siege on Capitol Hill last Wednesday.

Jayapal, who represents Washington's 7th Congressional District, revealed his diagnosis in a tweet Monday evening, accusing his political opponents of being infected.

Jayapal, who represents Washington’s 7th Congressional District, revealed his diagnosis in a tweet Monday night, accusing his political opponents of being infected.

In Wednesday’s attack on Capitol Hill by a crowd of unruly Donald Trump supporters, lawmakers were transported to an unknown location and held together for their own safety.

There would have been more than 100 people in the room at the same time.

Several Democratic politicians have complained that their fellow Republicans did not wear face masks in the confined space, where they huddled together for hours while waiting for security officials to cross Capitol Hill.

Jayapal says she is confident more positive test results will follow, saying being forced to snuggle into the room will turn out to be “a big-ticket event”.

“Just hours after Trump instigated a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans have still refused to take the bare minimum of precaution against COVID-19 and simply wear one hell of a mask in a crowded room during a pandemic – creating a widespread event on the TOP of a national terrorist attack, Japayal said on Twitter.

She added: “Any member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held responsible for endangering our lives due to their selfish idiocy. I call on every member who refuses to wear a mask on Capitol Hill to be fined and removed from the ground by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman announced she tested positive for COVID and accused of being trapped in a hold during last week's attack on the Capitol with Republicans who refused to wear face masks

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman announced she tested positive for COVID and accused of being trapped in a hold during last week’s attack on the Capitol with Republicans who refused to wear face masks

Jayapal did not say if she had any noticeable symptoms after her diagnosis of COVID-19.

She says she will continue to work as she remains in quarantine as directed by her doctor.

“I share the outrage and anger of those across America who have watched Trump fail to fight this raging pandemic and refuse to care for the Americans who are suffering, dying and devastated. I will not rest until I have done everything in my power to remove this president from office, ”she wrote.

On Monday afternoon, Representative Coleman announced her positive diagnosis.

However, she said she was awaiting the results of a PCR test and said she had previously received the first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID19 vaccine, which was made available to members of Congress and other officials. government.

Two doses are needed for complete immunity.

Dr Brian Moynihan, the Capitol Hill attending physician, warned all lawmakers on Sunday that they may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus during their lockdown.

He noted that “many members of the House community were in protective isolation in the Great Hall – some for several hours” on Wednesday.

He said “individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”

Lawmakers at the house who were brought to safety when a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol were filmed bickering over masks as they hid in a secure room.

Lawmakers at the house who were brought to safety when a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol were filmed bickering over masks as they hid in a secure room.

Meanwhile, video from inside the room, obtained by Punchbowl News, showed several Republican lawmakers not wearing masks – including Congressman Andy Biggs (Arizona), Michael Cloud (Texas), Marjorie Taylor Greene ( Georgia), Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma) and Scott Perry (Pennsylvania).

Democratic Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware, who was walking around handing out masks, repeatedly asked members of the maskless group to take one, but they dismissed her.

President-elect Joe Biden said he saw the footage and was “appalled”.

“I was appalled when I actually saw a distinguished Delaware congressman showing people hiding from the crowd, trying to hand out masks for everyone. Republican colleagues would not take the mask, ”he said. “I think it’s irresponsible. So we all have to make sure it’s not a political issue. It is a matter of public safety ”.

Dozens of rioters stormed the Capitol last week (pictured), following a MAGA rally hosted by Donald Trump

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