Republican lawmaker Rand Paul of Kentucky has develop into the primary US senator to check constructive for the novel coronavirus, which has contaminated greater than 33,000 individuals throughout the nation.

In a press release Sunday on Twitter, Paul’s workplace mentioned he’s feeling high-quality and is in quarantine.

“He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person,” it mentioned.

The announcement got here amid a wrestle between Democrats and Republicans to succeed in an settlement on emergency coronavirus laws.

Two weeks in the past, Paul attended a black-tie social occasion in Louisville, Kentucky and several other individuals who attended the identical occasion later examined constructive, in response to CNN.

Shortly after the information of the confirmed outcome, Utah Republican Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney mentioned they might self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

President Donald Trump mentioned he spoke with Paul and the senator was feeling good.

“My pal (all the time there once I’ve wanted him!), Senator @RandPaul, was simply examined “positive” from the Chinese language Virus. That isn’t good! He’s robust and can get higher. Simply spoke to him and he was in good spirits,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

On Wednesday, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, and Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams of Utah introduced that they had examined constructive for the virus.

Paul “expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time,” mentioned his workplace.

In accordance with Johns Hopkins College, the coronavirus, formally often called COVID-19, has contaminated almost 336,000 worldwide, together with greater than 33,270 within the US, and killed over 14,600, together with 417 within the US.

The virus emerged within the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan in December.