KATHMANDU, May 8: Throat swabs of a total of 275 members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and National Assembly (NA) were collected on Thursday and Friday. The swab samples of the lawmakers were tested for COVID-19 before the commencement of the sixth session of the federal parliament earlier today.
Throat swab samples of 212 lawmakers (179 from HoR and 33 from NA) and 229 employees of the Federal Parliament Secretariat were collected on Thursday. Swab samples of an additional 63 lawmakers (53 from HoR and 10 from NA) were collected today, said Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota's press coordinator Shreedhar Naupane. The swab samples of the remaining 54 lawmakers are yet to be collected, it has been said. There are 275 HoR members and 58 NA members.
Meanwhile, the swab samples of all 434 lawmakers and government employees that were collected on Thursday have tested negative for COVID-19, said director of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division under the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Basudev Pandey.