AT least 45 Parliamentary police officers have coronavirus.
The outbreak comes just over a week after shamed SNP MP Margaret Ferrier went to Westminster despite experiencing Covid symptoms.
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A source said: “Nobody knows who caught the virus in the first place. The timing of Margaret Ferrier’s visit to Westminster was probably coincidental though nobody will ever know.
“A number of officers started showing symptoms and tests have been carried out on police working at Parliament.”
The infected officers are attached to the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection unit.
None are armed cops but the source added that the “sheer number” is having a serious effect on resources.” The Met did not comment.
A deep cleaning operation of the Parliamentary police base has been carried out.
New protective measures in the Commons include additional Perspex screens in the main chamber and extra use of face masks.
It is understood more than 100 officers across London’s Met Police have currently tested positive for Covid-19.
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