Rep. Pramila Jayapal has become the second Democratic congresswoman to test positive for COVID-19 after being forced to shelter in a secure room with lawmakers who refused to wear masks during last Wednesday’s siege of the Capitol.
Jayapal, who represents Washington’s 7th Congressional District, revealed her diagnosis in a tweet on Monday night, January 11, blaming Republicans for the infection.
‘I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one,’ the 55-year-old posted.
Jayapal’s announcement came just hours after Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, 75, disclosed that she, too, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Several Democratic politicians complained that their Republican colleagues did not wear face masks while they were on lockdown together as they waited for security officials to clear the Capitol.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman announced on Monday she tested positive for COVID and blamed being trapped during last week’s attack on the Capitol with Republicans who refused to wear face masks
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