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Ghana Suspends Parliamentary Sittings Due To Surging COVID Cases

Ghana Suspends Parliamentary Sittings Due To Surging COVID Cases

Ghana has suspended all parliamentary sittings due to the increasing coronavirus cases in the country. This will go on for about three weeks until a solution is found. Most of the parliamentarians including the Speaker, Alban Bagbin have recently contracted the virus. The alarming rate of infections within the chambers couldn’t let the sessions go on when the situation is getting worse.

17 Members of Parliament contracted Covid within the last few days. Meanwhile, the staff number rose up to 151. After all this, the speaker announced that sittings will resume on 2nd March 2021.

However, the parliament’s appointments committee would sit from 10 February to continue with the scheduled vetting of cabinet nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo. Nana Akufo-Addo emerged winner in the re-election recently.

Meanwhile, all parliamentarians are to go for testing two weeks from now to know their Covid status. Earlier on before the suspension, parliamentary sittings had been limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays for a few members of parliament. This was not working which led to the complete closure till 2nd March.

Ghana has over 73,000 cases and 482 deaths.

The virus is spreading at an alarming rate across all other African countries. Vaccines however are still underway.

Currently, Uganda is just trying to open up other sectors of the country that have been closed since March last year. Schools are semi-open right now because not all students are going back.

However, fingers remain crossed for what we are unsure about in the future.

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