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Ted Cruz extends self-quarantine after second coronavirus interaction

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol MORE (R-Texas) said he is extending his self-quarantine after learning he came in contact with a second person who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

His initial quarantine had been scheduled to end Thursday night.

“Unfortunately, last night I was informed I had a second interaction with an individual who yesterday tested positive for COVID-19," Cruz said in a statement Friday morning.

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He said that on March 3 he met for about 20 minutes with Santiago Abascal, head of Spain's Vox Party. Cruz said they sat at a conference table and shook hands twice, in addition to having pictures taken.

“My understanding is that Mr. Abascal tested positive for COVID-19 last night. His staff have informed us that he was asymptomatic at the time of our meeting and that several days after our meeting he had extended interactions with another individual who has also tested positive," Cruz said.

The senator went on to say that he was consulting with medical professionals but was not exhibiting any symptoms. Nonetheless, Cruz said he would extend his self-quarantine until March 17, a full two weeks after he met with Abascal.

Cruz first went into self-quarantine after learning he had come into contact with an individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 27 who later tested positive for the virus.

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Cruz and fellow GOP Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection More conservatives break with Trump over election claims MORE (Ark.) announced Thursday they would be closing their offices due to a staffer in Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellTwo more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers Senate advances energy regulator nominees despite uncertainty of floor vote OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Esper reportedly working with lawmakers to strip Confederate names from bases | Enemy attacks in Afghanistan jump by 50 percent, watchdog says | Fort Hood soldier arrested, charged in Chelsea Cheatham killing MORE’s (D-Wash.) office testing positive for the virus.

Cantwell said she was closing her office for a deep clean after the staffer tested positive.

There have been more than 1,700 cases of COVID-19 and at least 40 deaths from the virus in the U.S, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Dozens of states and Washington, D.C., have issued emergency declarations, and several states have canceled K-12 schools for the coming weeks.