COVID-19 strikes Parliament; we are not safe - Speaker declares

COVID-19 strikes Parliament; we are not safe - Speaker declares

- The Speaker of Parliament has expressed worry over the refusal of MPs to take the COVID-19 test

- Alban Bagbin stated over 60 members have refused the test

- Currently, Ghana’s active cases stand at 3,940

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Some members of Parliament tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 scourge, Speaker, Alban Bagbin, has disclosed.

Ghana recorded 13 more deaths from the contagion, bringing the number of total fatalities to 390 as of January 25, 2021.

COVID-19 strikes Parliament; we are not safe - Speaker declares
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Active cases also stood at 3,940 after 625 new cases were recorded in six out of the 16 regions in the country.

“We are not disclosing those who are now Covid-19 victims. But we have some of us in that category,” Bagbin told the House on Friday, January 29, 2021.

The Speaker also expressed outrage his directive for all lawmakers to take the COVID-19 test is not being complied with.

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“We are not all safe,” he warned.

Ghana has so far recorded a total of 63,883 cases with 59,553 people recovering.

Cumulative Cases per Region as at the time of filing this report

(Case Count from Highest to Lowest)

Greater Accra Region – 37,117

Ashanti Region – 11,895

Western Region – 3,392

Eastern Region – 2,779

Central Region – 2,245

Volta Region – 896

Bono East Region – 806

Western North Region – 695

Northern Region – 672

Bono Region – 654

Upper East Region – 577

Ahafo Region – 539

Oti Region – 246

Upper West Region – 186

Savannah Region – 63

North East Region – 25

Meanwhile, the Appointments Committee of Parliament has set aside Wednesday, February 10, 2021, as the day to start vetting the ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

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The Committee is therefore calling for public memoranda in respect of all the president’s nominees.

According to the ranking member of the Committee, Haruna Iddrisu, precedence will be given to some ministers because of the COVID situation in the country.

As a result, the health minister-designate is expected to be the first person to be vetted.

President Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 21, 2021, submitted to Parliament the list of his ministerial nominees—46 in all.

In the meantime, John Dramani Mahama’s lead counsel in the ongoing election petition trial, Tsatsu Tsikata, has told the seven-member panel hearing the case that the Electoral Commission cooked figures in the 2020 elections in favour of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to him, the fudging of the figures was an indication that the “figures were just thrown out.”

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