Two people who attended the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington have tested positive for coronavirus.
This was disclosed on Friday by AIPAC, a pro-Israel lobbying group. The conference is a celebration of the US-Israel partnership and the opportunity for every attendee to lobby their congressional office to advance the relationship.
AIPAC said the infected patients had travelled from New York to attend the event which was held between March 1 and 3.
The event attracted thousands of attendees including high-profile personalities and members of congress like United States Vice-President Mike Pence, and Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, who were among the speakers.
Mitch McConnell, senate majority leader and Mike Bloomberg, former presidential hopeful, were also in attendance
“We have confirmed that at least two Policy Conference attendees from New York have tested positive for the coronavirus,” AIPAC said in the tweet.
“We have continued to remain in constant communication with the Westchester County Health Department and the DC Health Department which is coordinating with the New York Health Department, and national health authorities.
“We have consulted with a top infectious disease specialist, Dr Edward Septimus- Adjunct Professor Internal Medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine.
“The guidance of these health professionals continues to be that all conference participants should follow CDC guidelines and consult their health care providers f they feel ill or have medical questions.”