Parliament suspended for 21 days as 168 more people test positive for COVID-19

Parliament suspended for 21 days as 168 more people test positive for COVID-19

- The Speaker of Parliament has suspended sittings for the next 21 days following a surge in COVID-19 cases

- The House will be suspended from Wednesday, February 10, 2021, to Tuesday, March 2, 2021

- 17 MPs and 151 Parliamentary staff and ancillary workers have tested positive for COVID-19

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The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has suspended sittings for the next 21 days following a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The House will be suspended from Wednesday, February 10, 2021, to Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

The Speaker disclosed that some 17 Members of Parliament (MPs) and 151 Parliamentary staff and ancillary workers in Parliament have tested positive for COVID-19.

Parliament suspended for 21 days as 168 more people test positive for COVID-19

Parliament suspended for 21 days as 168 more people test positive for COVID-19
Source: UGC

The Appointments Committee will go ahead with the vetting of the President's nominees for ministerial portfolios during the suspension of sitting in the house.

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He further directed all MPs and staff to resubmit themselves to the Parliament Health Centre "after two weeks to ascertain their status before the assumption of the House" on March 2, 2021

On February 4, 2021, YEN.com.gh reported that 15 Members of Parliament and 56 parliamentary service staff tested positive for COVID-19.

These numbers came after the speaker of parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin directed all MPs todertake a mandatory test.

Prior to these numbers of confirmed cases coming out from parliament, some MP's refused to take the test.

Several others who had also contracted the virus were reported to be going about the normal business as if to say there was nothing at stake.

He said all the 15 MPs that have contracted the virus have been contacted and advised to self-isolate and undergo treatment.

Bagbin also added that the household of the infected MPs and 56 Parliamentary staff will be tested.

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