Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has tested positive for coronavirus. The leader has confirmed his infection in a tweet and said he is in isolation to prevent transmission of the illness. He tweeted, “After a mild fever, the corona test was conducted today, which has been reported positive. I have put myself in solitude. I’m totally fine. Will soon be fully healthy and return to work.”
हल्का बुख़ार होने के बाद आज कोरोना टेस्ट क़राया था जिसकी रिपोर्ट पोज़िटिव आई है. मैंने स्वयं को एकांतवास में रख लिया है.
फ़िलहाल बुख़ार या अन्य कोई परेशानी नहीं है मैं पूरी तरह ठीक हूँ. आप सब की दुआओं से जल्द ही पूर्ण स्वस्थ होकर काम पर लौटूँगा.
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) September 14, 2020
Earlier today, Manish Sisodia does not attend a special one-day session of Delhi Legislative Assembly as he is having fever since last night.
Among the ministers in Delhi government, health minister Satyendar Jain had tested positive for the virus in June.
The spread of the novel coronavirus in India has quickened in the last few days with new infections are rising rapidly. While India’s Covid-19 case tally crosses 48 lakh mark with a spike of 92,071 new cases and 1,136 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
📍#COVID19 India Tracker
(As on 14 September, 2020, 08:00 AM)
— #IndiaFightsCorona (@COVIDNewsByMIB) September 14, 2020
Around 30 MPs test positive for COVID so far
Around 30 MPs, including BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi and Pravesh Verma, and over 50 employees of Parliament have tested positive for Covid-19 so far, sources said on Monday. Many of them tested positive after undergoing compulsory coronavirus tests at the parliament premises before the start of the monsoon session, while several of them had undergone tests in their respective constituencies.
All parliamentarians and staff of the secretariats of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had undergone mandatory Covid-19 tests before the start of the session. Media persons covering the parliament’s proceedings also underwent these tests and at least one of them has tested positive, the sources said. “ICMR is honoured to have carried out testing of 2500+ samples of Hon’ble Members of Parliament and other officials on war footing over the weekend in service of the nation”, the Indian Council of Medical Research said on Twitter.
ICMR is honoured to have carried out testing of 2500+ samples of Hon'ble Members of Parliament and other officials on war footing over the weekend in service of the nation. #ICMRFightsCovid19
— ICMR (@ICMRDELHI) September 14, 2020
As per the details available with parliament authorities, around 30 MPs and over 50 employees of the secretariats tested positive for coronavirus. All those who have tested positive have been asked to stay in quarantine and they did not come to Parliament, sources said.
The monsoon session, which began on Monday, is being held in two different shifts — Rajya Sabha will sit in the mornings and Lok Sabha in the second half of the day.
Some of these MPs went public with their test reports through Twitter including BJP MPs Meenakshi Lekhi, Suresh Angadi, Ram Shankar Katheria, Pravesh Varma “After the routine Parliament test for COVID & genome test it’s confirmed that I have tested positive for the virus. I am currently in good health & spirits. I request everyone who has been recently in contact with me to get tested. Together We will fight & defeat Corona,” Lekhi tweeted.
After the routine Parliament test for COVID & genome test it’s confirmed that I have tested positive for the virus. I am currently in good health & spirits. I request everyone who has been recently in contact with me to get tested. Together We will fight & defeat Corona🙏🏽
— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) September 14, 2020
RLP MP Hanuman Beniwal, who also tested positive, questioned the COVID-19 test conducted in the parliament premises saying he tested negative in Jaipur around the same time. “I underwent a COVID-19 test in parliament premises and was declared positive. Then I was tested at a hospital in Jaipur and the report said I am negative. Which report should be considered accurate?” Beniwal tweeted in Hindi.
लोकसभा में मेरी हुई #COVID19 की जांच का पॉजिटिव आना व उसके बाद जयपुर में हुई जांच का नेगेटिव आने के मामले में @drharshvardhan जी से संज्ञान लेने हेतु अनुरोध है,@MoHFW_INDIA
को मामले में स्पष्टीकरण देना चाहिए की आखिर सही जांच किसको माना जाए @LokSabhaSectt @ICMRDELHI
— HANUMAN BENIWAL (@hanumanbeniwal) September 14, 2020
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said wider arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of MPs and all others in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Confident of smooth functioning of the monsoon session, Birla said as many as 359 MPs were present on the first day and he was hopeful that the session will complete its tenure.
मुझे खुशी है, मानसून सत्र के पहले दिन सभी माननीय सदस्यों का सहयोग मिला।
असाधारण परिस्थितियों के बीच भी संवैधानिक दायित्वों की पूर्ति के लिए सांसदों ने विभिन्न विषयों पर सक्रियता व जीवतंता से चर्चा में भाग लिया, जो लोकतंत्र की भावना को मजबूत करता है।#MonsoonSession2020 pic.twitter.com/7x51kjHeuz
— Om Birla (@ombirlakota) September 14, 2020