Another Covid infection at parliament, 30th this year

Another Covid infection at parliament, 30th this year

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai chairs a House session. (Photo: Supplied)
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai chairs a House session. (Photo: Supplied)

Another parliament official has been diagnosed with Covid-19, raising the number of personnel in the complex found infected this year to 30, including 12 MPs.

Dr Sukij Atthapokorn, adviser to the parliament president, said on Tuesday that 12 MPs, 12 government officials, two cleaners and four other employees were infected since Jan 1.

From April 1 last year to Jan 31, there had been 128 people working in the parliament diagnosed with the virus - 22 MPs, 71 government officials, 20 cleaners and 15 other employees. He said 108 had already recovered and there was one death. Nineteen were still under treatment.

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai had said that parliament must continue to function and learn to co-exist with Covid-19, the adviser said. 

Parliament staff had been following the coronavirus situation closely and adjusting schedules to cope with it and would suspend the meeting if necessary. 

Dr Sukij said there had been no Covid-19 infections transmitted during parliamentary meetings. Most infections occurred outside, and MPs admitted they had meals together. Parliamentary meetings would continue, he said.

There will be a joint meeting of the two Houses on Feb 8 to consider a bill on national reform. On Feb 9-11, there will be a regular parliament meeting. Feb 16 is Makha Bucha Day, a public holiday. On Feb 17-18 and Feb 23-25, parliament meetings will continue, he said.

He said all parliament meetings will be subject to strict health measures and asked that all people involved comply with them.

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