Bagbin shuts down chamber for 3 weeks as Parliament COVID-19 cases hit 168

Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has shut down Parliament for three weeks following the surge of COVID-19 cases in the house.

The will not be sitting in the house starting from Wednesday, 10 February to Tuesday, 2 March 2021, says Bagbin who announced that the decision was in consultation with the leadership of the house.

However, the Speaker said the Appointments Committee of Parliament will commence consideration and public vetting of President Akufo-Addo’s nominees for ministerial appointments.

Reports have it that 17 MPs have tested positive while the number of infections among staff of the house has increased from 71 to 151.

Mr Bagbin has therefore asked all the MPs and staff of the house to resubmit themselves to Parliament’s Medical Centre for re-testing after two weeks from today, Wednesday, 10 February.

Recently, ten more COVID-19 patients succumbed to the virus in Ghana, taking the death toll to 482 since March 2020.

Some 675 new cases have also been confirmed and that brings Ghana’s total active cases to 6,938.

Since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in March 2020, a total of 73,003 cases have been confirmed. Out of  that number, 65,583 have recovered.

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


Source: Ghana|

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