12 more Members of Parliament in Ghana are reported to have contracted Covid-19 after a re-testing exercise was conducted ahead of resumption of parliamentary sitting today, March 3, 2021 after parliament was shutdown for three weeks due to an earlier outbreak in the house.
This was announced by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin in his opening remarks earlier today.
Ghanavanguard.com is learning that most of the cases involve a few members of the house with most of them being auxiliary members of the House.
The 12 new cases was out of 550 persons comprising Members of Parliamentary staff.
He also noted that it was his expectation that all MPs and staff who are required to re-test actually do submit themselves.
“The retesting revealed that out of a total of 550 MPs and staff who retested, only 12 tested positive and are currently in isolation. Majority of them were the auxiliary staff. This represents a positivity rate of 2 percent as compared to the national positivity rate of between 10-12 percent.”
For the time being, the Speaker has indicated that the house will also roll out a vaccination program for COVID-19 soon urging members to avail themselves when the time is due.
“Following the safe delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in the country, I together in consultation with the leadership of this house will soon a roll-out plan towards the vaccination of honourable members and other staff”, he said.