Parliament House has been sealed after 30 staffers were found positive for Coronavirus. The building will remain closed until November 9. Capital Development Authority (CDA) has taken the responsibility of disinfecting the building.
Senate Chairperson Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar, and several other officials self-isolated themselves due to possible exposure and were working from home. Owing to the coronavirus emergency, the Senate and National Assembly also cancelled scheduled meetings.
Even after reopening the Parliament House complex, all staffers would not be allowed to resume work. Instead, only a select few will be allowed to come
As against the directives of the government for strictly implementing the coronavirus standard operation procedures (SOPs), people blatantly violated the rules during different Senate and National Assembly sittings last week.
This is the second time that the Parliament House has been sealed after some staff members fell prey to the potentially deadly virus.
Earlier in March, when the country was undergoing the first wave of the pandemic, NA Speaker Asad Qaidar and his family had tested positive for the coronavirus; they recovered in less than a month.