COVID-19 outbreak in Parliament: 875 of 2,847 test positive during third wave

Out of the total tests, 915 were conducted by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat and 271 samples were found to be positive for the infection

Press Trust of India January 24, 2022 16:13:10 IST
COVID-19 outbreak in Parliament: 875 of 2,847 test positive during third wave

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New Delhi: Results of 875 people, who were tested for Covid in Parliament, have returned positive, sources said on 23 January, 2022, days before the start of its Winter Session.

The data, they said, is of tests conducted since the beginning of the third wave of the pandemic till 20 January 2022.

The session is scheduled to start from 31 January, 2022, and its first part will conclude on 11 February, 2022.

As many as 2,847 tests have been conducted in Parliament since the starting of the third wave, and out of these results of 875 returned positive, the sources said.

Out of the total tests, 915 were conducted by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat and 271 samples were found to be positive for the infection, they said.

According to the sources, the session will be held following Covid-related protocols.

In the wake of a spike in Covid cases, a call has to be taken whether Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will sit simultaneously or in different shifts, they said.

Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has also tested positive for Covid.

This is for the second time that Naidu has been infected with the virus.

"Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is in Hyderabad, tested COVID positive today. He has decided to remain in self-isolation for a week. He has advised all those who came in contact with him to isolate themselves and get tested," the Vice President Secretariat tweeted.

It seems unlikely that he will participate in Republic Day celebrations on 26 January, 2022.

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