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Mediapersons and Parliament Staff to Undergo Compulsory Rapid Antigen Test Everyday for Coronavirus

By: Payal Mehta

CNN-News18

Last Updated: September 17, 2020, 17:55 IST

New Delhi

File photo of Parliament building.

File photo of Parliament building.

The compulsory testing comes as the number of infections in the country has crossed 50 lakh. In the last two days, two ministers -- Nitin Gadkari and Pralhad Patel -- have tested positive as well.

Mediapersons authorised to cover the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament can undertake Rapid Antigen Tests mandatorily for the coronavirus infection on a daily basis at the reception of the Parliament House. The facility will be available from 9am to 2pm.

Similarly, officials of Parliament will also have to undergo mandatory testing.

The testing comes as the number of infections in the country has exceeded 50 lakh. In the last two days, two ministers — Nitin Gadkari and Pralhad Patel — have tested positive as well. Two MPs — one from each House — has also died due to coronavirus.

At least 30 MPs across both Houses, including 50 Secratariat staff, had tested positive in the mandatory testing before the start of the session on October 14.

first published:September 17, 2020, 17:55 IST
last updated:September 17, 2020, 17:55 IST