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First member of Congress tests positive for coronavirus

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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-FL, becomes the first congressman to announce testing positive for coronavirus; Bret Baier reports. #FoxNews

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Senator Chris Coons comments on the two members of Congress who tested positive for coronavirus and how Congress is functioning remotely

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The federal bureau of Prisons announced that the first federal inmate tested positive for coronavirus. According to the agency, the inmate remains in isolation at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Inmates that were near the COVID-19 positive prisoner have been quarantined.
Republican Kentucky senator Rand Paul tests positive for COVID-19 and will remain in quarantine, according to his official Twitter account.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

Mr Johnson has mild symptoms and will self-isolate in Downing Street.

"He was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty," a statement said.

He will still be in charge of the government's handling of the crisis, the statement added.

The test was carried out at Number 10 by NHS staff.

In a tweet, Mr Johnson said: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

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>> Bret: IN A SENSE A WARTIME
>> Bret: IN A SENSE A WARTIME PRESIDENT, WE WILL BE INVOKING
PRESIDENT, WE WILL BE INVOKING THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT.
THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT. WE ARE SENDING UPON REQUEST THE
WE ARE SENDING UPON REQUEST THE TWO HOSPITAL SHIPS BEING
TWO HOSPITAL SHIPS BEING PREPARED, MASSIVE SHIPS.
PREPARED, MASSIVE SHIPS. >> I HAVE DIRECTED THE HOSPITAL
>> I HAVE DIRECTED THE HOSPITAL SHIP’S MERCY AND COMFORT TO BE
SHIP’S MERCY AND COMFORT TO BE PREPARED TO DEPLOY TO INCREASE
PREPARED TO DEPLOY TO INCREASE THE NATION’S MEDICAL CAPACITY
THE NATION’S MEDICAL CAPACITY AND WE HAVE ALSO ALERTED A
AND WE HAVE ALSO ALERTED A VARIETY OF HOSPITALS TO BE
VARIETY OF HOSPITALS TO BE PREPARED TO DEPLOY AS NEEDED.
PREPARED TO DEPLOY AS NEEDED. >> Bret: THE DEFENSE SECRETARY
>> Bret: THE DEFENSE SECRETARY ON OUR SHOW LAST NIGHT TALKING
ON OUR SHOW LAST NIGHT TALKING ABOUT DEPLOYMENT OF U.S.
ABOUT DEPLOYMENT OF U.S. MILITARY ASSETS TO FIGHT THIS.
MILITARY ASSETS TO FIGHT THIS. TAKING A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS,
TAKING A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES 7,663,
TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES 7,663, TOTAL DEATHS 115.
TOTAL DEATHS 115. WORLDWIDE MORE THAN 21,408,700
WORLDWIDE MORE THAN 21,408,700 DEATHS BUT TOTAL RECOVERED AT
DEATHS BUT TOTAL RECOVERED AT THIS .83313.
THIS .83313. THE DOW TAKING A BIG DIVE AND
THE DOW TAKING A BIG DIVE AND RECOVERING A BIT, THE SENATOR
RECOVERING A BIT, THE SENATOR MOVING FORWARD WITH THE HOUSE
MOVING FORWARD WITH THE HOUSE BILL TO FACE TWO.
BILL TO FACE TWO. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DOW SINCE THE
IF YOU LOOK AT THE DOW SINCE THE PRESIDENT’S ELECTION, TAKE A
PRESIDENT’S ELECTION, TAKE A LOOK AT THAT RISE AND THAT
LOOK AT THAT RISE AND THAT DRAMATIC FALL WHEN THE
DRAMATIC FALL WHEN THE CORONAVIRUS HIT.
CORONAVIRUS HIT. LET’S BRING IN OUR PANEL,
LET’S BRING IN OUR PANEL, CHARLES HURT OPINION EDITOR FOR
CHARLES HURT OPINION EDITOR FOR "THE WASHINGTON TIMES,"
"THE WASHINGTON TIMES," MARA LIASSON OF NATIONAL PUBLIC
MARA LIASSON OF NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO AND STEVE HAYES EDITOR OF
RADIO AND STEVE HAYES EDITOR OF THE DISPATCH.
THE DISPATCH. WE ARE LOOKING AT WHAT THE
WE ARE LOOKING AT WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING, WE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING, WE HAVE SEEN THE SECOND PHASE
HAVE SEEN THE SECOND PHASE HEADED TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
HEADED TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK AND IT SEEMS LIKE MORE IS ON THE
AND IT SEEMS LIKE MORE IS ON THE WAY, A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT MORE.
WAY, A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT MORE. >> IT’S AN ENCOURAGING
>> IT’S AN ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT YOU HEARD THE
DEVELOPMENT YOU HEARD THE PRESIDENT DESCRIBED HIMSELF AS A
PRESIDENT DESCRIBED HIMSELF AS A WARTIME PRESIDENT BECAUSE THAT’S
WARTIME PRESIDENT BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE NEED FROM THE
WHAT WE NEED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE
WHITE HOUSE AND THE ADMINISTRATION.
ADMINISTRATION. YOU NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
YOU NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SCRAMBLING TO CATCH UP TO THE
SCRAMBLING TO CATCH UP TO THE STATES AND THE KIND OF MEASURES
STATES AND THE KIND OF MEASURES WE NOW SEE THE FEDERAL
WE NOW SEE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT -- THEY ARE NOW
GOVERNMENT -- THEY ARE NOW MOVING THE MILITARY SHIPS TO
MOVING THE MILITARY SHIPS TO PLACES THAT COULD BE A GOOD
PLACES THAT COULD BE A GOOD OUTCOME.
OUTCOME. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM MOVE ON
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM MOVE ON VENTILATORS, ADDITIONAL
VENTILATORS, ADDITIONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR PHYSICIANS
PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR PHYSICIANS AND HEALTH WORKERS TO MAKE SURE
AND HEALTH WORKERS TO MAKE SURE THAT --
THAT -- >> Bret: WE SHOULD GET OUR
>> Bret: WE SHOULD GET OUR HEADS AROUND THE FACT THAT THESE
HEADS AROUND THE FACT THAT THESE NUMBERS ARE GOING TO EXPLODE AS
NUMBERS ARE GOING TO EXPLODE AS IN THE PLACE.
IN THE PLACE. >> AT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS
>> AT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN TRYING TO PREPARE PEOPLE
BEEN TRYING TO PREPARE PEOPLE FOR THAT.
FOR THAT. WE HAVE BEEN FLYING BLIND UNLIKE
WE HAVE BEEN FLYING BLIND UNLIKE OTHER COUNTRIES WE DIDN’T TEST
OTHER COUNTRIES WE DIDN’T TEST MASSIVELY IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS
MASSIVELY IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS SINCE IT ARRIVED ON OUR SHORES.
SINCE IT ARRIVED ON OUR SHORES. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET TESTED
PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET TESTED AND WE WILL FIND OUT HOW
AND WE WILL FIND OUT HOW WIDESPREAD THIS IS AND IT’S
WIDESPREAD THIS IS AND IT’S GOING TO BE A SHOCK.
GOING TO BE A SHOCK. ON THE OTHER HAND, ONCE WE KNOW
ON THE OTHER HAND, ONCE WE KNOW WHO HAS IT IT’S GOING TO MAKE
WHO HAS IT IT’S GOING TO MAKE SOCIAL DISTANCING MORE TARGETED.
SOCIAL DISTANCING MORE TARGETED. AT LEAST WE WILL HAVE THE
AT LEAST WE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT, THAT’S WHAT
ABILITY TO DO THAT, THAT’S WHAT THEY WERE ABLE TO DO IN
THEY WERE ABLE TO DO IN SOUTH KOREA AND SINGAPORE.
SOUTH KOREA AND SINGAPORE. WE WILL HAVE A BIG EXPLOSION AND
WE WILL HAVE A BIG EXPLOSION AND THEN IT WILL ALSO MAKE THE
THEN IT WILL ALSO MAKE THE FATALITY RATE GET SMALLER
FATALITY RATE GET SMALLER BECAUSE WE WILL UNDERSTAND HOW
BECAUSE WE WILL UNDERSTAND HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE IT AND HOW MANY
MANY PEOPLE HAVE IT AND HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE DYING.
PEOPLE ARE DYING. IN TERMS OF THE RESPONSE, I
IN TERMS OF THE RESPONSE, I THINK YOU WILL SEE THE RESPONSE
THINK YOU WILL SEE THE RESPONSE TODAY ALL ABOUT PAID SICK LEAVE,
TODAY ALL ABOUT PAID SICK LEAVE, FREE TESTING, NEXT IT’S GOING TO
FREE TESTING, NEXT IT’S GOING TO BE ACTUAL CASH IN PEOPLE’S
BE ACTUAL CASH IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS.
POCKETS. >> Bret: EXPANDS PAID SICK
>> Bret: EXPANDS PAID SICK LEAVE TO PEOPLE CARING FOR A
LEAVE TO PEOPLE CARING FOR A FAMILY MEMBER, EXTENDS
FAMILY MEMBER, EXTENDS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, BOOST
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, BOOST FOOD ASSISTANCE, PROVIDE SCHOOL
FOOD ASSISTANCE, PROVIDE SCHOOL MEALS FOR CHILDREN SINCE SCHOOLS
MEALS FOR CHILDREN SINCE SCHOOLS HAVE CLOSED AND PROVIDE
HAVE CLOSED AND PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR
ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MEDICAID.
MEDICAID. IF WE ARE READY FOR PHASE THREE
IF WE ARE READY FOR PHASE THREE AND THAT IS JUST A CHECK TO ALL
AND THAT IS JUST A CHECK TO ALL AMERICANS.
AMERICANS. ANDREW YANG LEFT THE RACE A
ANDREW YANG LEFT THE RACE A MONTH AGO AND HE’S SAYING THERE
MONTH AGO AND HE’S SAYING THERE IS MY THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH
IS MY THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH MY IDEA.
MY IDEA. IT MAY ACTUALLY COME TO PASS, WE
IT MAY ACTUALLY COME TO PASS, WE DON’T KNOW THE NUMBERS YET.
DON’T KNOW THE NUMBERS YET. >> IT’S KIND OF AMAZING WHEN YOU
>> IT’S KIND OF AMAZING WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND AND YOU SEE THESE
LOOK AROUND AND YOU SEE THESE ORDERS COMING FROM GOVERNMENTS
ORDERS COMING FROM GOVERNMENTS TO SHUT DOWN RESTAURANTS, TO
TO SHUT DOWN RESTAURANTS, TO SHUT DOWN GATHERING PLACES OF
SHUT DOWN GATHERING PLACES OF TEN PEOPLE OR MORE COMING AT THE
TEN PEOPLE OR MORE COMING AT THE STATE LEVEL OR LOCAL LEVELS --
STATE LEVEL OR LOCAL LEVELS -- IT’S KIND OF AMAZING.
IT’S KIND OF AMAZING. THOSE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THOSE
THOSE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THOSE ENVIRONMENTS ARE GOING TO BE THE
ENVIRONMENTS ARE GOING TO BE THE ONES THAT ARE HARDEST HIT.
ONES THAT ARE HARDEST HIT. THAT’S A REAL THING.
THAT’S A REAL THING. THIS WHOLE TIME WE HAVE BEEN IN
THIS WHOLE TIME WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS WAITING GAME AND IT’S HARD
THIS WAITING GAME AND IT’S HARD TO DO BECAUSE MUCH OF THE
TO DO BECAUSE MUCH OF THE STORIES THAT WE READ ABOUT OUR
STORIES THAT WE READ ABOUT OUR STORIES ABOUT EFFECTS OF
STORIES ABOUT EFFECTS OF QUARANTINES AND THEY’VE TAKEN
QUARANTINES AND THEY’VE TAKEN THE STEPS AS PRECAUTIONARY
THE STEPS AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AS OPPOSED TO ACTUAL
MEASURES AS OPPOSED TO ACTUAL RESULTS OF ACTUAL VIRUS.
RESULTS OF ACTUAL VIRUS. IT’S PARTICULARLY TRUE OUTSIDE
IT’S PARTICULARLY TRUE OUTSIDE OF PLACES LIKE NEW YORK AND
OF PLACES LIKE NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON AND RURAL PARTS OF
WASHINGTON AND RURAL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WHERE WE SEE THAT
THE COUNTRY WHERE WE SEE THAT GREAT REPORT WE JUST HAD ABOUT
GREAT REPORT WE JUST HAD ABOUT PEOPLE PURCHASING GUNS AND
PEOPLE PURCHASING GUNS AND AMMUNITION.
AMMUNITION. WHAT THAT IS MORE THAN ANYTHING,
WHAT THAT IS MORE THAN ANYTHING, IT’S A VERY HEALTHY AMERICAN
IT’S A VERY HEALTHY AMERICAN INDICATION THAT PEOPLE TRUST
INDICATION THAT PEOPLE TRUST THEMSELVES TO TAKE CARE OF
THEMSELVES TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR NEIGHBORS
THEMSELVES AND THEIR NEIGHBORS MORE THAN THEY TRUST GOVERNMENTS
MORE THAN THEY TRUST GOVERNMENTS WHETHER IT’S THE LOCAL
WHETHER IT’S THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OR THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
GOVERNMENT. I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING AT
I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING AT THIS POINT, WHEREVER YOU ARE ON
THIS POINT, WHEREVER YOU ARE ON YOUR LEVEL OF CONCERN ABOUT THIS
YOUR LEVEL OF CONCERN ABOUT THIS IS IT’S KIND OF LIKE THE SAYING
IS IT’S KIND OF LIKE THE SAYING IF YOU FIND YOURSELF WALKING
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF WALKING THROUGH, DON’T STOP.
THROUGH, DON’T STOP. WHEREVER YOU ARE ON THE
WHEREVER YOU ARE ON THE CONCERNED SCALE, WHATEVER YOU
CONCERNED SCALE, WHATEVER YOU CAN DO AT THIS POINT TO KEEP
CAN DO AT THIS POINT TO KEEP GOING TO MARCH THROUGH THE BEAR
GOING TO MARCH THROUGH THE BEAR MARKET, TO MARCH THROUGH THIS IS
MARKET, TO MARCH THROUGH THIS IS A GOOD THING.
A GOOD THING. >> Bret: OBVIOUSLY
>> Bret: OBVIOUSLY CAPITOL HILL IS A FEW MORE THAN
CAPITOL HILL IS A FEW MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE, I’M GETTING WORD
TEN PEOPLE, I’M GETTING WORD RIGHT NOW THAT CONGRESSMAN MARIO
RIGHT NOW THAT CONGRESSMAN MARIO DIAZ HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR
DIAZ HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS, HE SELF QUARANTINED
CORONAVIRUS, HE SELF QUARANTINED AND HE ISN’T GOING BACK TO
AND HE ISN’T GOING BACK TO SOUTH FLORIDA WITH HIS WIFE BUT
SOUTH FLORIDA WITH HIS WIFE BUT JUST PASSING THAT ALONG.

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