Wednesday December 30th 2020
Just before the swearing-in
US MP dies of Covid-19
He recently won the runoff election to join the US House of Representatives. He was to be sworn in on Sunday. But now Luke Letlow dies at the age of 41 from the consequences of his corona infection.
A recently elected Republican congressman from the US state of Louisiana died after being infected with corona at the age of 41. “Covid-19 took Congressman-elect (Luke) Letlow away from us far too soon,” the state governor John Bel Edwards wrote on Twitter that night.
Letlow’s spokesman, Andrew Bautsch, confirmed the death of the politician in the US newspaper “News Star”. According to the Washington Post, Luke Letlow is the most senior US politician to have died of Covid-19.
It wasn’t until December that Letlow prevailed in a runoff election to represent his constituency in Congress. He should have been sworn in in office on Sunday. Letlow made his corona infection public on December 18. Initially, the politician went into quarantine at home. When his condition worsened, he was admitted to a hospital.
Letlow leaves behind his wife and two children, according to US media. Numerous US politicians expressed their condolences on Twitter. In the USA, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University, around 19.5 million people have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen, and more than 338,000 people have died. In absolute terms, that’s more than in any other country in the world.