- Two congressmen from Florida and Utah have announced they tested positive for coronavirus
- The US lawmakers' announcement has forced other members of the House to be self-quarantined
- The Congressmen started developing symptoms after voting for the coronavirus relief package
As the world continues to battle the viral deadly disease coronavirus, two members of the Congress Mario Diaz-Balart and Ben McAdams on Wednesday, March 18, said they had tested positive.
According to the Washington Post, the lawmakers who are the first to contract the deadly virus began developing symptoms of the disease on Saturday, March 14, less than 24 hours after they voted for the coronavirus relief package on the crowded House floor.
However, this has forced other lawmakers in the House who came in contact with the infected Congressmen to announce they were going to be self-quarantined.
Steve Scalise, the House minority whip, Drew Ferguson, deputy whip, and Ann Wagner added that they had been in contact with one of the infected congressmen and would be self-quarantining.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian government has imposed travel restrictions on the US, UK, China, Italy, and other coronavirus high-risk countries. The restriction was put in place following the unending coronavirus pandemic facing the country.
The affected countries also include Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, USA, Norway, UK, Netherlands, and Switzerland.
In a related development, the United States embassy in Abuja and the consulate office in Lagos has cancelled immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments in the country.
The embassy disclosed this in a tweet via its official Twitter handle, USEmbassyAbuja, on Wednesday, March 18, saying the visa services will resume as soon as possible.
Similarly, Nigeria’s diplomatic missions in Washington, New York and Atlanta, United States have suspended passport interviews and biometric capturing over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The suspension is until further notice, the missions said in separate statements made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, March 15.
According to them, the decision is part of precautionary measures to protect the “health and wellbeing of all passport applicants” and their staff.
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