Bengaluru: Karnataka Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri along with other political leaders underwent a COVID-19 test on Friday, September 18.

The COVID-19 tests are being done ahead of the upcoming monsoon session of the Assembly, which is scheduled to begin on September 21.

Earlier, Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs minister JC Madhuswamy had said that all MLAs will be tested for COVID-19 on every fifth day of the functioning of the monsoon session.

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council sessions are expected to be held from September 21 and 30.

On September 9, it was announced that undergoing RT-PCR test for COVID-19, 72 hours prior to the start of the monsoon session from September 21 is said to be mandatory for all those attending the Assembly session.

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Meanwhile, the Press gallery in the Vidhana Soudha has been shifted to the visitors’ gallery and all necessary arrangements for media personnel would be made.

The Assembly premises and surrounding areas would be sanitised and cleaned regularly, and all those attending will be let in only after their body temperature is checked.

All the members attending the Assembly would be provided with sanitisers, masks, and face shields.

Keeping the health of everyone in mind, several precautionary measures have been taken in the wake of the pandemic, which is why the public would not be allowed to watch the proceedings in the Vidhana Soudha this time.