Ghana’s Speaker Alban Bagbin has shut down Parliament for three weeks, starting from Wednesday, 10 February to Tuesday, 2 March 2021, as COVID-19 cases surge in the house.
So far, 17 MPs have tested positive while the number of infections among staff of the house has increased from 71 to 151.
Mr Bagbin announced the shutdown on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 and said he consulted the leadership of the house prior to his decision.
The Speaker, however, announced that the Appointments Committee of Parliament will commence consideration and public vetting of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominees for ministerial appointments.
Mr Bagbin also asked all the MPs and staff of the house to resubmit themselves to Parliament’s Medical Centre for re-testing after two weeks from tomorrow, Wednesday, 10 February.
Ten more COVID-19 patients recently succumbed to the virus in Ghana.
This takes the death toll to 482 since March 2020.
Some 675 new cases have also been confirmed.
The total active cases in Ghana stands at 6,938.
Since the pandemic entered Ghana, a total of 73,003 cases have been confirmed.
Of that number, 65,583 have recovered.
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