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U.S. Senator Thom Tillis says he tested positive for coronavirus

FILE PHOTO - Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., asks a question during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled "Police Use of Force and Community Relations", in Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS/File Picture/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis has tested positive for the coronavirus, he said in a statement on Friday, becoming the latest high-profile case of the virus after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had it.

Tillis, of North Carolina, sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Republicans are seeking to steer Trump’s nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court. Republican Senator Mike Lee, another senator on the committee, said he tested positive earlier on Friday.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Makini Brice