European Parliament

  1. More than 170 Covid cases at European Parliament

    MEPs in the European Parliament, 11 November 2020
    Image caption: MEPs in the European Parliament

    The European Parliament has suffered a significant Covid outbreak: 171 cases among MEPs and staff at the end of October, a spokesperson told the BBC.

    She did not have a more recent figure, saying the numbers were evolving, but were decreasing as most parliament meetings were now taking place online.

    Most were asymptomatic cases, detected because of the track and trace system, the spokesperson said.

    MEPs no longer travel to Strasbourg each month, as they used to. And the Brussels meetings have fewer participants than previously.

    In total, there are 705 MEPs and nearly 4,000 MEPs' assistants, plus about 7,500 other staff at the European Parliament.

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    Video caption: Brexit Party MEP Widdecombe leaves leave EU Parliament, led by a bagpiper

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