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Parliament closes over Covid-19 surge

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin, has suspended sitting of Parliament for three weeks following surge in covid-19 cases in the House.

Thus, effective Wednesday, 10 February to Tuesday, 2 March 2021, there will be no sitting in the House.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, February 9, Mr. Bagbin mentioned that the leadership of the House came to such conclusion after 17 Members of Parliament [17] and 151 parliamentary staff tested positive for the virus.

This move, the Speaker noted, will help contain the spread and prevent others members from contracting the virus as well as give those with the virus the chance to recover.

He also asked all MPs and Parliamentary staff to re-submit themselves for re-testing two weeks starting 10 February 2021.

As part of measures to curb the spread of the virus, “Parliament will continue with the weekly disinfection and sanitization of the precinct of Parliament”sharethis sharing button

Appointment Committee

Despite the break, the Speaker indicated that the Appointments Committee of Parliament will commence consideration and public vetting of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominees for ministerial appointments.

He indicated that the break will give the committee the chance to vet and put together their reports before parliament resumes work.

“It is hoped that within this period of adjournment the Appointments Committee will commence consideration and public hearing of the President’s nominees for ministerial appointments,” MR. bagbin noted.

So far, a total of 73,003 cases have been confirmed.

Of that number, 65,583 have recovered.

With 6,938 active cases.

The total death toll stands at 482.

Regional breakdown

Greater Accra Region – 42,715

Ashanti Region – 13,191

Western Region – 4,078

Eastern Region – 3,161

Central Region – 2,468

Volta Region – 1,181

Bono East Region – 882

Northern Region – 802

Upper East Region – 755

Western North Region – 737

Bono Region – 718

Ahafo Region – 563

Oti Region – 250

Upper West Region – 239

Savannah Region – 68

North East Region – 37

By: Bernard Ralph Adams

 

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