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A Republican congressman from Louisiana said on Sunday that he was infected with Covid-19 for the second time because a surge in new infections hit parts of the United States with low vaccination rates.

Beginning on Friday, rumors spread on Facebook, and Higgins, his wife, and their son were all infected with the new crown pneumonia. On Sunday, Higgins wrote on his Facebook page that he and his wife Beka contracted COVID in January 2020.

Representative Clay Higgins referred to the disease as China’s  “biological attack weaponized virus”, and he stated on Facebook that the latest infection was “far more challenging” than his attack on the coronavirus in January 2020.

It is not clear whether the previous infection has been confirmed, the researchers said that there is not enough evidence to understand the origin of the virus. Higgins said on Sunday that he developed Covid-19 “before the world knew what it was.”

Hegkins was a former law enforcement officer who was elected for the first time in 2016, and his wife and son also had the disease.

“We are all under excellent care, and our prognosis is positive,” he said. “We are very healthy generally speaking, and our treatment of any health concern always encompasses western, eastern, and holistic variables.”

Higgins encouraged people to get vaccinated, although he did not publicly state whether he was vaccinated. In April, he told the editorial board of the American Journal in Lake Charles, Louisiana, that he had “natural immunity” because he had previously contracted Covid-19.

Higgins’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. Republicans are still disturbed by their vaccination information about the surge in coronavirus infections, which public health officials say is driven by people who have not been vaccinated. Louisiana has one of the highest rates of new infections in the country and one of the lowest rates of vaccination.

However, Jeff Zienz, the White House Covid-19 response coordinator, told reporters last week that the number of people vaccinated in Louisiana and other similar states has increased in recent days. He said: “People in these states are feeling the impact of being unvaccinated and responding with action.” 

Higgins’ home state of Louisiana lags behind the country in vaccination rates. According to the latest data provided by Johns Hopkins University, only 36.5% of the state’s population has been vaccinated, which is well below the national average of 49.7%.

The Louisiana congressional delegation has experienced the effects of COVID-19. Member of Parliament-Choosing Luke Letlow on December 19, 2020, the day when he represented the country’s fifth district in his office, died of Covid-19 complications. He was 41 years old, and Letlow’s wife, Julia Letlow, was elected to her seat in March.

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