Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert.
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ARKANSAS – US State Senator Jason Rapert, who called coronavirus a hoax and denounced a mandate to wear face masks, has contracted Covid-19 and is recovering in hospital.
Rapert, 48, is also diagnosed with pneumonia. According to reports, his diagnosis came after he attended a church service and other recent events where participants did not wear facemasks.
“We have all been doing our best to wear a mask, social distance and be careful like everyone else,” he said in a statement. “This virus is serious and can attack anyone regardless of age or general health.”
Prior to contracting Covid-19, Rupert had been vocal on social media against anti-coronavirus measures, saying that “liberal quacks” are only “spreading fear”. He claimed that the coronavirus pandemic is a “political hoax”.
On July 16, Rapert posted on Facebook that he opposed the mandate from the governor on wearing masks, calling it an “overreach of executive power” and “ill-timed and not necessary.”
However, now that he has tested positive for coronavirus and hospitalized, Rapert’s comments have taken a somewhat different tone.
“Let’s stop the spread and get back to normal,” he said in a July 18 tweet along with a photo of himself and his family wearing masks.
Rapert is the fourth lawmaker to test positive of Covid-19 in Arkansas where there are 35,246 confirmed cases of coronavirus. CDC/Expat Media
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