Speaker of Parliament confirms some MP’s have tested positive for Covid 19

Speaker of parliament Rt Hon Alban Bagbin has confirmed that some members of parliament have contracted covid 19.

He has however decided to withhold the names of the MPs who have contracted the viral disease .

The parliamentary chamber is currently closed to visitors with about to half of MPs directed to follow proceedings online.

Addressing the house, Rt Hon Alban Bagbin also expressed his displeasure at members of parliament who have failed to undergo the mandatory medical screening and covid 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 the Covid 19 test have 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 the protocols issue of confidentiality, we have not disclosed those who are now positive, but we have some of us in that category.”

He further urged members of Parliament to ensure they strictly adhere to the Covid 19 protocols.

Meanwhile the business committee of parliament has recommended that the house should take steps to reduce the number of staff who report to work and also curtail visits to the house.

Presenting the business statement before the house for the following week, chairman of the business committee Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu also requested the clerk to parliament to liaise with the dean of the parliament press corps to reduce the number of media personnel who attend the house to cover proceedings.

Case Update

At least 13 more persons have died of COVID-19 increasing Ghana’s death toll to 390, official figures on Thursday reveal. According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), 625 new cases have also been confirmed taking the active case count to 3,940.

This brings Ghana’s official caseload to 63, 883 out of which 59, 553 have recovered and been discharged.

Airport cases

A total of 1,096 cases have been detected at the Kotoka International Airport since it was reopened September last year to human traffic. The GHS reports that 601 international passengers have since recovered.

At the moment, the country is reporting 98 and 35 severe and critical cases respectively but none is on a ventilator, according to the GHS.

Regional case breakdown

Greater Accra Region – 37,117

Ashanti Region – 11,895

Western Region – 3,392

Eastern Region – 2,779

Central Region – 2,245

Volta Region – 896

Bono East Region – 806

Western North Region – 695

Northern Region – 672

Bono Region – 654

Upper East Region – 577

Ahafo Region – 539

Oti Region – 246

Upper West Region – 186

Savannah Region – 63

North East Region – 25

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