COVID +ve by day, -ve by evening; Odisha MLA left fuming

Bhubaneswar: In an incident that has raised serious questions over the accuracy of COVID-19 tests in Odisha, Rengali MLA and BJP leader Nauri Nayak initially tested positive and later negative for the virus within 24 hours.

According to reports, the swab sample of the legislator was collected on the Odisha Legislative Assembly premises on November 19, a day before the commencement of the winter session. He was informed around 11.50 PM on the very day that the sample tested positive for COVID-19.

Next day, the MLA underwent COVID-19 test at a private healthcare facility here but surprisingly tested negative for the virus. As Nayak drew the attention of Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro towards the matter, his swab sample has once again been collected for COVID test.

“If there is no accuracy over the COVID-19 test of an MLA, there is no reliability of the same for public,” said Nayak.

“I had earlier sought COVID-related information in the Assembly through questions. I was told that the information was being collected. I doubt whether I am being deliberately kept away from the House over the incident,” he alleged.

Worth mentioning, the MLA had also tested positive for COVID-19 before the monsoon session of the assembly and undergone 17 days of isolation.

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