According to PTI reports, around 30 members of Parliament along with 50 other staffers have tested positive for coronavirus as they took the mandatory COVID test before attending Parliament monsoon session in the morning. This session commenced on Monday.
It was mandatory for all the parliamentarians and staff of the secretariats of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to undergo COVID-19 tests before the start of the session. Several of them had undergone tests in their respective constituencies also. Media persons covering the parliament’s proceedings also underwent these tests. According to sources, at least one of them has been tested positive.
All the members and staff who have been tested positive have been asked to stay in quarantine and to not attend the parliament sessions. Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla said that wider arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of MPs and all others in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indian Council of Medical Research said on Twitter, “ICMR is honoured to have carried out testing of 2500+ samples of Hon’ble Members of Parliament and other officials on war footing over the weekend in service of the nation.”
The members tested positive include BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi and Pravesh Verma. The BJP party stands with the maximum number of infected Lok Sabha MPs.
Some of the MPs gave out a statement publicly through their social media handles about the positive results regarding coronavirus. Sukanta Majumdar from BJP was the first to tweet about the result of his COVID tests yesterday. He said, “Requesting all those who have come in close contact with me in the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms.”
Lekhi later on also tweeted, “After the routine Parliament test for COVID & genome test it’s confirmed that I have tested positive for the virus. I am currently in good health & spirits. I request everyone who has been recently in contact with me to get tested. Together We will fight & defeat Corona.”