Chuck Grassley: Senior Republican senator gets coronavirus

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image copyrightReutersimage captionChuck Grassley's diagnosis comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the US

The US senator who is third in the line of presidential succession has announced he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican in the upper chamber, said he would remain in quarantine.

The 87-year-old Iowan's illness caused him to skip a vote in the Senate on Tuesday for the first time in 27 years.

Mr Grassley is the sixth US senator known to have contracted the disease. The other five all recovered.

Coronavirus is surging in the US where it has infected more than 11 million Americans and killed nearly 250,000. The country saw almost 150,000 new cases on Tuesday alone, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

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"This morning, I learned that I had been exposed to the coronavirus," Mr Grassley said in a statement.

"I received a COVID-19 test and immediately began to quarantine.

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