Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has suspend sitting indefinitely for the next three weeks following an increase in Covid 19 cases in the legislature.
It follows reports that two more MP’s have tested positive for the viral disease raising the figure from 15 to 17.
The number of cases among parliamentary staff have also increased sharply from 56 to 151.
Alban Bagbin last week announced the chamber will be closed to visitors with about half of MPs directed to follow proceedings online.
Addressing the House on Friday, Bagbin also expressed his displeasure at members of parliament who have failed to undergo the mandatory medical screening and coronavirus test.
He said so far about 60 legislators are yet to comply with his directive to conduct a mandatory COVID-19 test.
“My directive that all members subject themselves to COVID-19 test has not been complied with by about 60 members of parliament. It is true as the majority leader has stated that we are all not safe, even in the House some members are afflicted by COVID-19,” Bagbin said.
He added: “You may not know who the person is because of protocol issue of confidentiality, we have not disclosed those who are now positive, but we have some of us in that category.”Audio Player00:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
He further urged lawmakers to ensure they strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
The directive will not affect the work of the Appointments Committee which will begin vetting ministers-designate from Wednesday 9 February 2021.