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COVID-19 Test: Rajasthan MP questions authenticity after contradictory reports

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One of the 25 MPs who tested positive in the mandatory COVID-19 test before the monsoon session of the Parliament has questioned the accuracy of the test being carried out. The development came after the MP tested COVID-19 positive in the test carried out at Lok Sabha premises and then tested negative in a test done at Jaipur.

Following this, the Rajasthan MP Hanuman Beniwal took to Twitter and questioned the accuracy of the test. The Nagaur MP said that he took a COVID-19 test in the Lok Sabha premises and was declared positive. He added that he was then tested at Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital and the test report came negative.

He posted both the test reports and questioned which one should be considered authentic.

25 MPs test COVID-19 positive

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.

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 and five N-95 masks. It also contains 20 bottles of sanitisers of 50 ml each, face shields and 40 pairs of gloves. The kits also contain a hook to open and close doors without touching them. This apart, it also has 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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