At Least 25 Indian Lawmakers Test Positive For Coronavirus As Parliament Reopens

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Politicians gathered at India’s Parliament House ahead of the first session in six months, on Sept. 13 in New Delhi.

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India’s parliament reopened Monday for the first time in nearly six months, but at least 25 lawmakers were barred from entering the chamber after testing positive for the coronavirus. The virus is spreading faster in India than anywhere in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. India has been reporting nearly 100,000 new infections a day, despite a low testing rate per capita. More than 1,000 deaths per day have also been reported. With nearly 5 million total confirmed cases, India is currently the second-most affected country, behind the United States. Nearly 80,000 people in India have died from COVID-19. Indian lawmakers were required to get tested for the coronavirus 72 hours in advance of entering parliament Monday. Among those who tested positive, and were barred from entering, was Meenakshi Lekhi, a national spokeswoman for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP. At parliament in New Delhi, lawmakers who tested negative were allowed to take their seats inside the chamber …

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