20 staffers of UP Assembly test positive for Coronavirus

Covid-1920 staffers of UP Assembly test positive for Coronavirus

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20 staffers of UP Assembly test positive for Coronavirus

Lucknow: As the Monsoon Session of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly is about to begin in just two days, 20 Assembly staff members, including security personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Speaker Hriday Narain Dikshit confirmed that about 300 Assembly and other government staffers had been tested and 20 were found Coronavirus positive.

The number of infected persons could go up further when the reports of other staffers is going to come.

“Those who have tested positive include an officer of the under-secretary rank. We are waiting for the final test reports as about 300 staffers, who will be deployed to perform various works/assignments during the Monsoon Session, have been tested,” said Assembly Secretariat official.

The Speaker has asked all Legislators to get themselves tested for the virus before they attend the Assembly session.

The Speaker said, “We are informing all members about the places in the Vidhayak Nivas or a point close to them that will have facility for testing from Wednesday. Testing facility will also be available in the Vidhan Bhawan complex.”

“We will arrange the facility for Covid-19 tests for all members,” replied the Speaker when asked whether the test will be mandatory for members?

Although senior officers of the Assembly Secretariat refused to comment on the issue, a large number of positive cases have raised serious concerns about the health of those to be deployed for work during the brief Monsoon Session.

A suggestion by Shatrudh Prakash, Samajwadi Party MLC, who has written to the Vidhan Parishad Chairman saying that all senior citizens in the House should be allowed to participate in the session virtually, has been turned down.

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