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Coronavirus: Minority calls for closure of Parliament for 2 weeks

The Minority in Parliament are calling for the closure of the house for at least two weeks after reports that two MPs and 13 staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Despite a press release by the Public Affairs Directorate of the house denying the reports, the minority are insisting that the house be closed.

Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak says Parliament is lying and the people who tested positive have already been informed.

NDC MP for Adaklu Kwami Agbogya says Parliament should close down for two weeks in the light of this revelation.

“First of all, we are sad that we have over 7,000 Ghanaians who have tested positive for COVID-19. The news that some MPs and staff have tested positive should not come as a surprise, many people interact with others outside. I was in my constituency last week and only came this week so we come in contact with people. I am one of these people who were calling for a test to be done for all MPs. It is terrible 15 people in this environment have tested positive, they barely clean door handles, people touch walls as well. So to close down parliament we have made that call as Minority and we are leaving this in the hands of the government”.

His call was backed by Member of Parliament for Kumbungu constituency, Ras Mubarak, who urged for the closure of the house for a couple of weeks.

“Today all what was discussed had nothing COVID-19 related, we can break whilst the committee deal with issues of urgency, there was nothing really urgent today and that shows the house should be close in order not to put MPs in danger”.

There were reports in the media yesterday [May 26] that two Members of Parliament and thirteen parliamentary staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 after the speaker ordered mandatory test for all staff.

But in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo and addressed to all editors, the Parliamentary service said results for all persons who have been tested for the virus had not yet been received.

The statement stated: “The confidentiality protocol of testing for COVID-19 is that, those who test positive will be called directly by the testing team and be taken through the necessary steps for quarantine and treatment. Officially, Parliament is unaware of any such call and has no official figures from the National COVID-19 response team.”

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