Republican Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in quarantine, according to a post on his Twitter account.

He’s the first U.S. senator known to have become infected.

The Kentucky lawmaker was tested “out of an abundance of caution” due to his extensive travel and events, according to the tweet.

Paul said he is feeling fine and isn’t aware of any direct contact with any infected person, his Twitter message said.

A follow-up tweet said he expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period has ended, and that virtually no staff has had contact with the senator in the past ten days.


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