Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has become the first US Senator to test positive for the coronavirus. Two Congressmen previously tested positive, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) and Rep. Ben McAdams, a freshman Democrat from Utah.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been placed under quarantine after her doctor, who had recently vaccinated her, tested positive for the virus.
Some significant COVID-19 news from the Washington Post:
- New York state’s death toll has reached 114, surpassing Washington state and accounting for a third of all U.S. deaths.
- Italy reported 651 new deaths — the lowest increase as a percentage since the outbreak began.
- Spain will extend its nationwide lockdown for 15 days, while the British government will tell 1.5 million people with serious health problems to self-quarantine for the next 12 weeks.
- North Korea said Trump offered to help in the fight against coronavirus, while Lebanon called in the army to keep people indoors.
- Opera singer Plácido Domingo tests positive.