Mike Pence expected to miss Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court confirmation vote over coronavirus fears

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Mike Pence is expected to skip attending the confirmation vote of Amy Coney Barrett amid fears his presence on Capitol Hill would risk spreading coronavirus, according to reports.

Although Mr Pence tested negative on Monday, a group of Democrats urged the vice president not to preside over the chamber on Monday after five people who he works with tested positive for Covid-19.

Mr Pence’s aides confirmed to CNN and Politico on Monday that he would not preside over the confirmation, a mostly symbolic role given Republicans have the votes to confirm Ms Barrett. He is only needed to cast a tie-breaking vote if necessary.