The ongoing Parliament monsoon session, which began on Monday this week, is likely to end soon as many more MPs are being found to be positive for the Coronavirus , senior officials said. Some reports said the proceedings maybe halted by September 23 or by October 1.
Despite all precautions in Parliament, 17 Lok Sabha MPs and the 8 Rajya Sabha MPs had tested positive for the virus. Officials said the government is concerned about the safety of MPs as many of them who had attended the session tested positive for the coronavirus, days after their mandatory test reports came negative.
The Business Advisory Committee of the Lok Sabha met today to discuss the issue. Sources said the leaders are deliberating whether the Monsoon Session should end by next week. Meanwhile, the Parliament was working for the first time in six months from September 14 due to Covid-19 but the officials said the ongoing session will be cut short by a week as the coronavirus cases are increasing each passing day.
Nearly 30 MPs, including senior ministers like Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari, have tested positive for Covid-19 so far, while at least two MPs, including a newly nominated MP from Karnataka who has never been to the Rajya Sabha, have died.
India recorded 93,337 new cases in the last 24 hours, and the number of cases going up. India is the second-most badly hit country after the United States with the total coronavirus cases recording over 5.3 million cases. The Union Health Ministry has been saying deaths in India have been relatively low as compared to other countries.