Ghana’s parliament shutdown after MPs, staff contract COVID-19

Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament

Ghana’s parliament has been suspended in the next three weeks as lawmakers and staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local media reported Tuesday.

Some 17 members of parliament and 151 staff have contracted the virus, according to the Speaker of the House Alban Bagbin as he updated the lawmakers on measures to curb the spread of the disease.

The decision to suspend sittings was in consultation with leadership of the House, the Speaker said.

“Having regard to the upsurge of the coronavirus infection in the House viz 17 MPs and 151 staff and ancillary workers in the precincts of Parliament… I have, in consultation with leadership, decided that sitting of the House be adjourned for three weeks.

“During that period, members are to comply with the strict COVID-19 protocols and regulations. Members and staff should re-submit themselves to the parliament medical centre for re-testing after two weeks from tomorrow to ascertain their status before the resumption of the House,” he said.

The House is expected to resume business on March 2, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Appointments Committee will be allowed to vet ministerial nominees beginning Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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