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The US House of Representatives will not reconvene next week following a rebellion from lawmakers who complained that it was too soon to return.

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On Monday, members were told to return to the Democratic-controlled chamber.

However, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday the plan was discarded after consulting the House doctor.

The turn around in their opinion occur as the confirmed number of US Covid-19 cases passed 1m.

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The plan of the Republican Controlled Senate to return on 4th of May is still at standstill.

He said, “We made a judgement that we will not come back next week but that we hope to come back very soon,” Mr Hoyer said, adding that the bipartisan group studying remote work options for Congress would meet on Tuesday.

“My objective would be that we agree upon a process so that committees can do all the work they would do if they were sitting in the same room”.

Washington DC, will still be on lockdown due to the fact that the cases there is still increasing at a high rate.the Washington DC area, including suburbs in Maryland and Virginia, has recorded over 38,000 cases and over 1,600 people have died from the dreaded pandemic.

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According to John Hopkins university, the number of people that have been infected with the virus are 1,011,600 and o we 58,300 people have died.

Democratic leaders faced refusal from members of their own party over the plans to return next week.

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On a private call with House members, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida, told party leaders the plan was “dangerous” and several complained that they had no way of managing childcare, according to Politico, a US media outlet.

On Tuesday, Mr Hoyer announced that the return to Washington would be postponed. “The House physician’s view was that there was a risk to members that was one he would not recommend taking,” he said.

“We had no choice,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, defending the change in course. “If the Capitol physician recommends that we not come back, then we have to take that guidance in the interest of the safety of the people who work here.”

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President Donald Trump, a Republican, who called for Congress to return, poured scorn on the decision.

“Democrats are enjoying their vacation,” he said.

According to BBC, Only lawmakers and their staff, as well as credentialed journalists and visitors on official business, will be allowed to enter.

The decision was made “out of concern for the health and safety of congressional employees as well as the public”, they said in a joint statement.

Most congressional cafeterias are buffet-based and some lawmakers sleep in their office and rely on the gym to be open for showering.

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If workers can’t sleep at work, lawmakers may be forced in lodging at Washington DC hotels, which are expensive and could quickly become filled up.

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