Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin has confirmed that some Members of Parliament have tested positive for COVID-19.
Although Mr Bagbin did not disclose the names of the MPs affected, he admonished members of the House to take the COVID-19 safety protocols seriously and strictly adhere to them.
“Even in the House, some members are afflicted by the COVID-19. You may not know who the person is and because of the protocol issues of confidentiality, we are not disclosing those who are now COVID-19 victims. But we have some of us in that category,” he said.
Earlier, Mr. Bagbin had expressed concern over the unwillingness of some Parliamentarians to go for the COVID-19 tests scheduled for members.
According to reports, less than a third of the House participated in the event, forcing the exercise to be extended.
“We arranged with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to use three days and the three days are over but I am reliably informed that a number of our members have not yet taken the opportunity to either do the screening or to even undergo the COVID-19 test.
“Honorable members, I humbly urge that you all take this opportunity seriously and go test by the end of today,” he appealed on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
But addressing the House today, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin said he is displeased with the continuous refusal of some MPs to undergo the testing which he says is mandatory.
“My directive that all members subject themselves to the test has not yet been complied with by over 60 Members of Parliament.
“It is true as the Majority Leader has just stated that we are not all safe. And so members should take the protocols seriously. In fact when I was entering I myself had to signal some members to respect the physical distancing.”
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