In the United States, a member of Congress died of an infection with the coronavirus for the first time on Tuesday. The recently elected 41-year-old Republican MP Luke Letlow should have been sworn in on Sunday.
“Covid-19 took the elected Congressman Letlow from us far too soon,” wrote State Governor John Bel Edwards on Wednesday night on Twitter. Letlow’s spokesman, Andrew Bautsch, confirmed the death of the politician in the US newspaper “News Star”.
According to the Washington Post, Letlow is the highest-ranking 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.
Corona disease became known in mid-December
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.
According to data from the Johns Hopkins University, around 19.5 million people in the USA 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.