At least 20 Capitol Police officers now have the novel coronavirus in the wake of the mass attack on the U.S. Capitol, spiking to levels not seen in months within the department, a union leader says.
Some officers fear the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, during which hordes of demonstrators protesting Donald Trump’s loss in the November presidential election violently stormed the building, may have been a superspreader event that caused the increase in cases, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.
The incident resulted in five deaths, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. There was outside and interior damage to the building and at one point, senators and representatives, along with Vice President Mike Pence, went into hiding to avoid the rioters.
The melee was bought under control later in the day. A number of rioters have since been charged with crimes including theft, destruction of public property and unauthorized entry on the premises.