15 MPs and 56 parliamentary staff test positive for COVID-19, says Speaker

At least 15 MPs and 56 parliamentary staff have tested positive for COVID-19, the speaker revealed on Thursday.

Alban Bagbin said as part of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus, the House will sit twice – Tuesdays and Thursdays – in a week going forward.

He emphasised that the infected lawmakers and the parliamentary staff have been contacted to self-isolate while they are being treated.

“Report from Parliament medical centre reveal that 227 members submitted themselves for the test while others conducted their own tests at private medical facilities. I want to urge those who conducted their own tests at private medical facilities to submit the results of those tests to the parliamentary medical centre,” Bagbin stated.

He continued: “Out of those who submitted themselves for the test in Parliament, 15 MPs tested positive to the virus. All the 15 have been contacted and advised to self-isolate. They have also been given prescriptions to facilitate their recovery.

“Results of 193 staff received so far revealed that 56 of them tested positive to the virus. All the 56 staff have been contacted and advised to self-isolate. They have also been given prescriptions to facilitate their recovery. Parliament is also taking steps to test the household of the 15 MPs and 56 staff in order to avert reinfection upon their return from self-isolation and treatment.”

“In consultation with leadership and the clerk, I have decided to implement the following measures to curb the spread of the virus; the House will from next week sit twice in a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays. Only MPs and members of staff who are needed for the business of the House on those days will be allowed on the precinct of Parliament. This excludes members of staff who have tested positive and those who are yet to provide their results.”Audio Player00:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.

COVID-19 status so far

At least 777 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been confirmed taking Ghana’s active cases to 5,786, reports the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

This takes the total number of confirmed cases since March 2020 to 68, 559.

Nine more individuals have passed on increasing the death toll to 433 since the last update, reports the official GHS website.

Officially, 62, 340 recoveries have been recorded. In total, 1,135 cases have been detected at the Kotoka International Airport since September last year out of which 878 have recovered.

No patient is on a ventilator at the moment, reports the GHS. However, 126 are in critical condition.

Regional active cases

Greater Accra – 40,320

Ashanti Region – 12,453

Western Region – 3,622

Eastern Region  – 2,905

Central Region – 2,340

Volta Region – 991

Bono East Region  – 837

Western North Region  – 712

Bono Region  – 680

Northern Region – 712

Upper East Region  – 713

Ahafo Region –551

Oti Region – 246

Upper West Region  – 213

Savannah Region – 63

North East Region –25

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