Parliament has recorded 12 more positive cases of COVID-19 after retesting Members of Parliament and staff who had earlier tested negative.
The House, on the 10th of February, 2020 suspended sittings for three weeks due to the upsurge of Covid-19 cases. As at the time, 17 MPs , 151 staff and auxiliary staff tested positive.
Welcoming MPs and staff from the break on Tuesday March 2, 2021, the Speaker, Alban Sumana Bagbin announced that a retesting he directed to be done just before the House resumed showed that 12 people including staff and MPs tested positive.This represents 2 percent of the population of staff and MPs.
“You will recall that on Tuesday 9th March, 2021, in consultation with leadership I adjourned the house for three weeks from Wednesday 10th February 2021 to Tuesday 2nd March 2021 following the upsurge of the Covid-19 infections in Parliament after the testing conducted by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
I also entreated members and staff to strictly comply with the Covid-19 protocols and resubmit themselves for further testing prior to the resumption of the House.
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 auxiliary staff,” the Speaker said.
He further directed that all MPs who have not done the re-testing to do so immediately.
“Let us wear our nose masks religiously. Let us wash our hands at the least opportunity we get while in the House.Let sanitizers be our companions, wherever we find ourselves and maintain social distancing as much as possible”, he said, adding that the there would soon be an announcement to roll out plan for vaccination for Members and Staff of the House.