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Schneider. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Three Democratic lawmakers have announced they've tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering with maskless colleagues during last week's siege at the U.S. Capitol.

Driving the news: Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) said wrote in a statement Tuesday that he has tested positive for the virus after the attack last week, during which he had to shelter in a crowded space with other lawmakers.

  • Schneider said "several Republican lawmakers in the room adamantly refused to wear a mask ... even when politely asked by their colleagues." Lawmakers were seen in the room without masks in a video obtained by Punchbowl News.
  • Schneider said he has not experienced symptoms.

The state of play: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) announced earlier Tuesday that she had been "locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one."

  • Hours earlier, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) tweeted that she decided to take a coronavirus test following last week's events, "including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks."
  • "She believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots," her office said in a statement of the 75-year-old cancer survivor.

Why it matters: Per a statement from Jayapal, they were in a "crowded room" during a pandemic, "creating a superspreader event on top of a domestic terrorist attack."

  • The U.S. Capitol's attending physician warned that lawmakers may have been exposed to someone infected with the coronavirus as they hid from a pro-Trump mob.
  • Many members of Congress are in age groups and other categories that put them at a higher risk of dying or suffering serious illness associated with the coronavirus.

For the record: Watson said she's at home resting. "While I am experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, I remain in good spirits and will continue to work on behalf of my constituents," she tweeted.

  • Jayapal said she's isolating but she'll continue to work and "will not rest until I do everything in my power to remove this President from office," blaming President Trump for the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Germany announced Friday that it was imposing new travel restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants.

Details: All non-German residents traveling from countries deemed "areas of variant concern," including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Brazil, Lesotho and Eswatini, will be banned from entering the country, even if they test negative for the coronavirus.

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