U.S. Senator Rand Paul test positive for coronavirus

Clay Curtis
March 23, 2020

Paul's office responded to reports of Moran's remark in a Sunday afternoon tweet, clarifying that the Kentucky senator departed the Senate "IMMEDIATELY" upon learning that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a message posted on Twitter Sunday, the senator's office announced that he is now asymptomatic, but "was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events".

It added that Paul was not aware that he had any direct contact with anyone carrying the virus and he expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends.

'He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this hard time.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 continues on, causing untold disruption and disarray in the entertainment industry and around the world. I think we are now in a place where we go to (listen) to many people who is known (contracting coronavirus).

Paul is the first major U.S politician that has a positive coronavirus diagnosis.

CNN, Politico and other news outlets reported that Paul was using the Senate gym on Sunday morning and was using the pool.

Paul had closed his Washington office 10 days ago, as did many members of Congress.

Paul has criticized his fellow Senators for leaning on "spending" to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and has advocated for alternative plans. Mario Diaz Balart of Florida of Ben McAdams of Utah, have tested positive. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there is no deal yet and that the House will introduce its own bill - something that could significantly draw out the process to finalize legislation. Paul, who was later awarded $580,000 in damages and medical expenses, had surgery past year to remove part of a lung damaged by the assault. "People who suffer very severe illness can take months to recover from the illness".

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