India records 92,071 new infections in 24-hours as Parliament resumes for the first time in six months

On Monday, the health ministry said it had recorded 92,071 new cases of the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 4.85 million.

Deaths have been relatively low compared with the number of infections, but the rate is rising. More than 1,100 people died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, the ministry said, taking the total number of deaths to 79,722.

Parliament session resumes:

India’s parliament met for the first time in six months on Monday.

Members, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wore masks and sat in seats enclosed by glass partitions designed to prevent the spread of the virus.

The assembly’s hours have been truncated; the lower house will sit in the morning and the upper house in the afternoon.

A mobile app has been introduced to register their attendance and seats in the house have been separated with poly-carbon sheets.

All MPs have been provided with special kits. The kits are prepared by defence research organisation DRDO, disposable masks, N-95 masks, sanitisers, face shields, gloves, herbal sanitation wipes and tea bags to enhance immunity. Each kit also contains a Covid safety manual for the MPs.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said it has carried out testing of more than 2,500 samples of members of Parliament and other officials “on a war footing” over the weekend.

25 MPs test positive for coronavirus: 

17 MPs from the lower house, Lok Sabha and 8 MPs from the upper house, Rajya Sabha tested positive for coronavirus in the mandatory tests before the monsoon session began on Monday, Indian media reported.

Around 200 of the 785 MPs are above the age of 65 years and are among the population vulnerable to coronavirus. So far at least 7 union ministers and around 25 MPs have contracted the virus.