- A Member of Parliament has tested positive for COVID-19
- All members of the MP's immediate family also tested positive
- They are being quarantined at the time of filing this report
Parliament has recorded new coronavirus cases, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
New measures are therefore expected to be rolled out to stop the virus from getting out of control in the lawmaking chamber.
In a report sighted on Myjoyonline.com, Muntaka Mubarak, a member of Parliament’s Health Committee said the leadership of the House is trying to find out the number of MPs yet to take the second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.
"If the number is large, then they may have to go through a second COVID-19 test following the recording of new cases," he stated.
“…but obviously I am not the Speaker but these are some of the suggestions I would carry to the Speaker. Probably we may have to get them to retest,” Mubarak was quoted as saying.
A sitting lawmaker was reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend. Some members of his family have also tested positive, and they are all in quarantine.
It will be recalled the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin suspended sittings for 21 days following a surge in COVID-19 cases in House in February this year.
The move was after some 17 MPs and 151 Parliamentary staff and ancillary workers tested positive for COVID-19.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, Professor Ken Attafuah, the Executive Director of the National Identification Authority (NIA), says President Nana Akufo-Addo barred him from recruiting any member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the NIA.
This is because the president wants to end the practice of staffing critical state institutions with party footsoldiers.
“The President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has charged me that I should make sure no party executives are hired in the process,” Professor Attafuah told Kumasi-based Angel FM.
He said the president’s vision is to build a neutral public service and “does not want to leave a legacy of employing his party members and packing them into a particular sector.”
“Neutrality is one of the principles of the Public Service. We need political neutrality so we are doing what the law says we should do and the President supports it,” he added.