Republican Senator adds seven more days for caution
Republican Senator Ted Cruz will stay in self-quarantine for several more days “out of an abundance of caution” after he learned of coming into contact with another person who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Cruz said in a statement:
“My self-quarantine ended yesterday afternoon. I still have no symptoms and feel fine, and I was looking forward to taking my family out to dinner tonight.”
“Unfortunately, last night, I was informed I had a second interaction with an individual who yesterday tested positive for COVID-19.”
Earlier this week, Cruz announced his self-quarantine after being exposed to the virus.
Cruz revealed in a Sunday statement that he shook hands with a CPAC attendee who has since tested positive for coronavirus.
“We met for about 20 minutes, sitting together at a conference table. We shook hands twice and took pictures together,” Cruz said.
The Texas senator said he was not experiencing any symptoms, but is self-isolating himself as a precautionary measure.
Cruz stated he would self-quarantine until March 17.
“I’m still not feeling any symptoms. I’m consulting with medical officials. But, for the same reasons, I initially self-quarantined—out of an abundance of caution and to give everyone peace of mind—I am extending the self-quarantine to March 17, a full fourteen days from my meeting with Mr. Abascal,” Cruz said.
Wash your hands.
Wash your hands frequently.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 12, 2020
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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has since tested negative for coronavirus, just days after meeting with President Trump in Mar-A-Lago.
Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo told Fox News that they are doing further testing to confirm the diagnosis, adding that they expect the second set of testing results later Friday.
Bolsonaro had been tested after one of his deputies, who was also in attendance at the Florida resort, was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Australia’s minister for home affairs, Peter Dutton, has also been put in isolation at a hospital Friday after testing positive for coronavirus.
He had previously met with U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump.