No less than five parliamentarians may have contracted the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, officials involved in the process said on Sunday. A second round of confirmatory tests is likely to be carried out shortly, they added.
All MPs, and officers and journalists linked to the Parliament session were undergoing mandatory RT-PCR tests over the past three days as a part of the Covid-19 guidelines to conduct the proceedings. The news of a few MPs perhaps testing positive came a day after no less than 50 Parliament employees were said to have contracted the disease, the officials said.
The result of the Covid-19 tests have not been made public but officials indicated that with the exception of a Delhi MP, an MP from Maharashtra might also need a second confirmatory test. “The Maharashtra MP had got his tests done in Mumbai but informed the secretariat approximately the results,” an official said on condition of anonymity.
An MP from Uttar Pradesh, too, may have tested positive, the official added.
“Some MPs would be tested again and a clearer picture will emerge in next few days,” a senior official involved in the process said on condition of anonymity.