Mario Diaz-Balart Biography, Mario Diaz-Balart Wiki
Mario Diaz-Balartis a congressman, the Republican representative for Florida’s 25th congressional district, has tested positive for COVID-19. He announced the news on Twitter, saying he is “feeling much better.”
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His full tweet reads: “I’m feeling much better. However, it’s important that everyone take this seriously and follow [the CDC] guidelines in order to avoid getting sick & mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times.”
The tweet was accompanied by an image of a full statement on the situation titled “Diaz-Balart Tests Positive for Coronavirus.” The statement reads:
In an abundance of caution, after votes on Friday, March 13th, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart decided to self-quarantine in Washington, D.C., and not return to South Florida because of his wife Tia’s pre-existing conditions that put her at exceptionally high risk. On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms, including a fever and a headache. Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19. While in quarantine Diaz-Balart has been working from his apartment in Washington, DC.
Early Life, Family, Education Career
Díaz-Balart was born in 1961 in Fort Lauderdale, to Cuban parents, the late Cuban politician Rafael Díaz-Balart, and his wife, Hilda Caballero Brunet.
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He is a member of the Díaz-Balart family: His aunt, Mirta Díaz-Balart, was the first wife of Fidel Castro. Her son, and his cousin, was Fidel Ángel “Fidelito” Castro Díaz-Balart. His uncle is the Cuban-Spanish painter, Waldo Díaz-Balart. His brother, Lincoln Díaz-Balart, represented Florida’s 21st District from 1993 to 2011. He has two other brothers, José Díaz-Balart, a journalist, and Rafael Díaz-Balart, a banker.
He studied political science at the University of South Florida before beginning his public service career as an aide to then-Miami Mayor Xavier Suárez in 1985. In the same year, he changed his political party affiliation from Democratic to Republican.
Mario Diaz-Balart Personal Life
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart is 58 years old and he was elected in 2002, assuming office in 2003. He is married to Tia, and they have a son together.
Tests Positive for Coronavirus Congressman: Mario Diaz-Balart
Although he is the first member of the United States Congress to test positive for the virus, other well-known figures have announced they have COVID-19. The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, contracted the coronavirus on March 12 and has been in isolation at home since then.
Begona Gomez, the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, tested positive. A number of other Spanish politicians have also tested positive for COVID-19, including the Catalan deputy head of government.
The mayor of Miami city, Francis Suarez, announced his positive test on March 13. Nadine Dorries, the Health minister in the U.K., tested positive on March 10. Peter Dutton, the Australian home affairs minister, is in hospital with COVID-19.Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive for coronavirus. Idris Elba is another actor who has tested positive, though he said he has no symptoms. Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane, tested positive on March 17 and is now in isolation in Norway.
Two Utah Jazz players in the NBA, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, both tested positive for COVID-19. Four players on the Brooklyn Nets have tested positive, including Kevin Durant. An unidentified NHL player with the Ottawa Senators tested positive on March 17.
I’m feeling much better. However, it’s important that everyone take this seriously and follow @CDCgov guidelines in order to avoid getting sick & mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times. pic.twitter.com/g5W5vSQIyH