WASHINGTON 

Republican lawmaker Rand Paul of Kentucky has become the first U.S. senator to test positive for the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 33,000 people across the country.

In a statement Sunday on Twitter, Paul’s office said he is feeling fine and is in quarantine.

“He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person,” it said.

The announcement came amid a struggle between Democrats and Republicans to reach an agreement on emergency coronavirus legislation.

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