U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. lawmaker to contract COVID-19.   

In a statement on Twitter, the Florida Republican said he experienced symptoms including a fever and headache Saturday. 

“I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better,” he said. 

The statement came days after several other lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, have self-quarantined after contact with someone who tested positive. 

Diaz-Balart urged the public to take the virus “extremely seriously.” 

According to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 has infected over 214,000 people worldwide, including

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