- 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.
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.
YEN.com.gh understands that over 60 legislators have not complied with the Speaker’s instructions.
“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.
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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