Florida congressman Vern Buchanan announced he has tested positive for Covid-19, despite being fully vaccinated.

The diagnosis comes against a backdrop of rising coronavirus infections in Florida, which has accounted for one in five new cases reported across the US over the past week. 

Buchanan, a Republican who represents a district around the Gulf Coast city of Sarasota, said in a statement on Monday he was tested after experiencing “very mild flu-like symptoms” and was quarantining at home.

“This should serve as a reminder that although the vaccines provide a very high-degree of protection, we must remain vigilant in the fight against Covid-19,” he said.

More than 45,400 cases have been reported by Florida over the past seven days, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of about 207,200 for the US overall during that period.

Adjusted for population, Florida has averaged about 30 new cases a…

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