25 MPs test COVID positive on 1st day of Parliament Monsoon Session!
Galatta | Sep 14, 2020, 06:45 pm
Nearly 9 months since the outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic, one thing is for sure! The deadly Corona Virus doesn't differentiate between anybody and infects everybody irrespective of who they are. Proving this point, 25 MPs have tested positive for COVID-19, on the very first day of the Monsoon Session of the Indian Parliament. After a lot of deliberation, it was decided to hold the Monsoon Session of this year's Parliament, from today. All safety precautions mandated by the health authorities including social distancing and sanitisation procedures were followed. However, when the Lok Sabha members were tested for COVID yesterday and today, the results were shocking!
On testing the members of the Parliament at Parliament House, it came to light that 17 members of the Lok Sabha and 8 members of the Rajya Sabha, were positive for the Corona Virus. These tests were deemed mandatory and were conducted before the session got underway. The Lok Sabha MPs who tested positive include 12 from BJP, 2 from the YSR Congress and one each from DMK, Shiv Sena and RLP. A report states that among all the RT-PCR tests conducted at the Parliament Complex till September 12, a total of 56 people tested positive for COVID. These include media personnel, officials and MPs from both Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha! Meenakshi Lekhi, an MP who tested positive for COVID, tweeted to let her followers know that she had tested positive but was in good health & spirits and also asked all those who were recently in contact with her, to get themselves tested!
Statistics show that about 200 of the 785 MPs are over the age of 65, which is considered to be the most vulnerable age group to the Corona Virus. Earlier, those infected by the COVID include, seven Union Ministers, around 25 MPs and MLAs, including two Chief Ministers and the Union Home Minister Amit Shah. This Virus has already claimed the lives of several MLAs and an MP. The safety measures for the Monsoon Session include staggered seating in both the houses, seats being separated by poly-carbon sheets and an app for the members to mark their attendance. All the members were even asked to get themselves tested for COVID before attending the Monsoon Session!