ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to seal the Parliament House after at least 30 of their staffers tested positive for coronavirus last week, reports suggest claiming the building will remain closed until November 9.
The Capital Development Authority has assumed the responsibility of disinfecting the building, while Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaisar, and several other officials self-isolated themselves anticipating exposure.
Due to the emergence of fresh infections, the Senate and NA have also cancelled scheduled meetings and announced new dates.
Reports further suggest that even after reopening the complex, only select staffers will be allowed to show up for work.
As against the directives of the government for strictly implement the coronavirus standard operation procedures, people blatantly violated the rules during different Senate and NA sittings last week.
A monitoring system — comprising closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras — would now be installed in the Parliament House, while special staffers were to be deployed in the complex to ensure the strict implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs), reports added.