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25 MPs test COVID-19 positive before Parliament session

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Following the mandatory tests carried out before the monsoon session of the Parliament, 25 MPs have tested positive for COVID-19. While 17 MPs are of Lok Sabha, eight Rajya Sabha MPs have tested positive for COVID-19.

Notably, the monsoon session of the Parliament began on Monday amid stringent safety measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Of the 785 MPs, around 200 MPs are above the age of 65 years. People above 65 years have been found to be more vulnerable to the virus as against people aged below 65 years.

Maximum COVID-19 positive MPs from BJP

Almost 50 per cent of the 25 MPs who have tested positive for COVID-19 are from the BJP. Notably, 12 MPs of the saffron party have tested positive for the virus.  This apart, two MPs of YSR Congress and one MP of Shiv Sena, DMK and RLP have tested positive for the virus.

MP’s who tested positive tweet their status

BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar was the first to tweet his positive status yesterday. “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,” his tweet read.

Similarly, Meenakshi Lekhi 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.”

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Apart from Majumdar and Lekhi, the other MPs who have tested positive include Araku (Andhra Pradesh) MP Goddeti Madhavi, Nagaur (Rajasthan) MP Hanuman Beniwal, Buldhana (Maharashtra) MP Pratap Rao Jadhav, and Maharajganj (Bihar) MP Janardan Singh Sigriwal. They will be skipping the monsoon session.

Strict safety measures

The monsoon session is being held amid huge safety measures at the parliament building complex. The measures include seating MPs in a staggered way in chambers of both Houses, as well as galleries to maintain physical distancing.

It also includes using a mobile app for registering attendance and seats separated with poly-carbon sheets in the House. Also, wearing masks have been made mandatory.

As a measure of added caution, there will be ultraviolet germicidal irradiation in the air conditioning system six times every day to avoid any spread of the virus.

All MPs have been given multi-utility coronavirus kits containing 40 disposable masks, five N-95 masks, 20 bottles of sanitisers of 50 ml each, face shields, 40 pairs of gloves, a hook to open and close doors without touching them, herbal sanitation wipes and tea bags to enhance immunity.

These kits have been provided by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

 

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