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Ahead Of Budget Session, Over 400 Parliament Staff Test COVID Positive
Ahead of the Budget Session, more than 400 Parliament staff members tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said.
New Delhi: Ahead of the Budget Session of the Parliament, more than 400 Parliament staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said. According to the officials, 402 out of 1,409 Parliament staff members tested positive for COVID-19 from January 4 to 8 after which their samples were sent for genome sequencing to check if its the new variant Omicron.
“Close to 402 staffs tested positive for COVID-19 from January 4-8 and all samples have been sent to genome sequencing for Omicron variant confirmation,” an official said.
According to an internal message from the staff of Parliament, the members have been advised to follow the precautions as per the guidelines of the government.
“There is a consolidated list of 200 Lok Sabha and 69 from Rajya Sabha and 133 allied staff who have tested positive, but we all need to take proper precautions,” an internal message read.
The above list does not include who were tested for COVID outside the Parliament premises.
Several employees of both the Houses of the Parliament were put in isolation after they came into contact with their infected colleagues during work. Various officials of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are also in isolation.
A recent order by the DDMA directed all government offices to run under 50 per cent of staff capacity and the rest will work from home. Taking the new variant of COVID-19, Omicron seriously, the Central government also exempted its staff from biometric (daily punching) for attendance.
(With inputs from ANI)