The central government announced on Tuesday the Winter Session of Parliament will not be held this year in view of the coronavirus pandemic and that it will be appropriate to convene the budget session in January 2021.
The Monsoon Session of Parliament was delayed due to coronavirus and held in September instead of July. It was cut short by 10 days due to the Covid-19 situation.
The Monsoon Session started on September 14 and was scheduled to end on October 1, 2020. However, the session concluded on September 23, eight days ahead of the schedule due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus among members.
As India, with 7,215 coronavirus cases per million, cancelled its Winter Session, here’s a look at how other countries conducted their Parliament sessions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES?
AUSTRALIA: Both houses of the Australian Parliament were in session from December 1 to December 10, 2020.
Coronavirus cases per million: 1,100
CANADA: Canadian Parliament was in session from November 20 to December 11, 2020. The next session of Parliament is scheduled for January 25, 2021.
Coronavirus cases per million: 12,866
UNITED STATES: The lower house of the US Parliament, House of Representatives was in session from December 1-4 and then from December 7-10.
Coronavirus cases per million: 51,251
ARGENTINA: The lower house of Parliament recently voted to legalize abortion. The bill is due to be debated by the upper House Senate on December 29, providing it gets the green light to do so from Senate commissions.
Coronavirus cases per million: 33,566
UNITED KINGDOM: Britain’s lower house of Parliament has been in session and from December 17. A session would be recalled next week if a trade deal is reached with the European Union.
Coronavirus cases per million: 28,264
Source: Parliamentary Websites of respective countries for the schedules and Oxford University database for corona cases.