March 19, 2020 / 2:42 PM / 17 days ago

U.S. House lawmaker self quarantines after contact with Diaz-Balart

FILE PHOTO: Representative Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, listens during the House Rules Committee hearing on the impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 17, 2019. Jason Andrew/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Tom Cole, a prominent Republican in the House of Representatives, announced on Thursday that he would self-quarantine until March 27 after contact with another lawmaker who has tested positive for coronavirus infection.

“I was informed by the Attending Physician of Congress that my friend Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart has tested positive for COVID-19,” Cole said in a statement.

“While I have no symptoms and feel fine, I was around him for an extended period last week. Out of an abundance of caution, I am following the doctor’s instructions to self-quarantine until March 27.”

Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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