Thirty-eight members of the U.S. Capitol Police drive and about 150 National Guard members have tested positive for COVID-19 since responding to the lethal attack on the Capitol earlier this month, officers informed CBS News.
Gus Papathanasiou, the chairman of the union that represents Capitol police, informed CBS News that circumstances have “spiked” since the (*38*) 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that introduced the police in shut quarters with the rioters.
More than 25,000 National Guard troops had been deployed to Washington, D.C., within the wake of the attack, and pictures confirmed the guardsmen resting in shut quarters contained in the Capitol constructing. More than half of the guardsmen will return dwelling within the coming days.
Two congresswomen — Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman — tested positive after the attack. Lawmakers had been pressured to shelter collectively in a safe location because the rioters descended on the Capitol constructing, and that shut proximity induced concern of a super-spreader occasion. Some Democrats have accused Republican colleagues of refusing to put on masks whereas the group sheltered collectively.
So far, greater than 120 suspects have been hit with federal costs stemming from the (*38*) 6 riot that left 5 folks lifeless. The FBI continues to go looking via social media, ideas, and personal movies to seek out extra suspects.
Kris Van Cleave and David Martin contributed reporting.