Ghana’s parliament shuts down after virus outbreak among MPs and staff

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Ghana's parliament shuts down after virus outbreak
Ghana's parliament shuts down after virus outbreak
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At least 17 members of parliament and 151 support staff infected with the coronavirus.

Ghana’s parliament will suspend sittings for three weeks due to increasing coronavirus cases among lawmakers and staff, Speaker Alban Bagbin announced on Tuesday.

The number of MPs who have contracted the virus has risen to 17 while that of staff has gone up to 151.

Speaker Bagbin said sittings would resume on 2nd March 2021 as a measure to curtail the spread of the virus among MPs.

But he said parliament’s appointments committee would from 10 February continue with the scheduled vetting of cabinet nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo, who won re-election in December.

Lawmakers and staff will be tested in two weeks, public broadcaster Ghana Broadcasting Corporation reports.

A surge in coronavirus cases had forced parliament last week to limit its sittings to Tuesdays and Thursdays, with entry only permitted to MPs and staff needed for the business on those days.

Ghana's parliament shuts down after virus outbreak
Ghana’s parliament shuts down after virus outbreak

Ghana has so far confirmed over 73,000 cases and 482 deaths since it reported its first case in March last year.

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