COVID-19: Ghana shuts parliament after outbreak


Ghana’s parliament has suspended sittings for next three weeks due to increasing coronavirus cases among lawmakers and staff.

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

Speaker of the Parliament, Alban Bagbin made the announcement on Tuesday, noting that sittings would resume on 2 March.

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

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 has confirmed over 73,000 COVID-19 cases and 482 deaths since its index case was reported in March last year.


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