COVID-19: Parliament to sit only twice a week after 15 MPs, 56 staff test positive

Fifteen Members of Parliament have tested positive for COVID-19.

Fifty-six staff of the parliamentary service have also tested positive for the virus.

As part of the measures to curb the spread of the virus, Parliament from next week will sit only twice a week, the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, announced on Thursday.

The sittings will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“Only members of Parliament and members of staff who are needed for the business of the House on those days will be allowed in the presence of Parliament from next week,” Mr. Bagbin said.

For the infected MPs, he said “all the 15 members have been contacted and advised to self-isolate. They have also been given prescriptions to facilitate their recovery.”

Parliament will also be testing the households of the 15 MPs and the 56 members of staff.

After complaints that some MPs were dodging the COVID-19 testing, Mr. Bagbin noted that 227 MPs had submitted themselves for testing whilst some other MPs conducted their own tests at private medical facilities.

The leadership of Parliament had been complaining that some MPs who had tested were still coming to Parliament instead of isolating.

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