Parliament sits twice effective this week
Effective this week, Parliament will sit only twice a week, the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, announced last week Thursday.
The sittings will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays it has been announced as part of the measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
The decision comes after 15 Members of Parliament and 56 staff of the House reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
“Only members of Parliament and members of staff who are needed for the business of the House on those days will be allowed in the presence of Parliament from next week,” Mr. Bagbin said.
The Speaker further said all the 15 infected MPs “have been contacted and advised to self-isolate. They have also been given prescriptions to facilitate their recovery.”
Parliament will also be testing the households of the 15 MPs and 56 members of staff.
After complaints that some MPs were dodging the COVID-19 testing, Mr. Bagbin noted that 227 MPs had submitted themselves for testing, whilst some other MPs conducted their own tests at private medical facilities.
The leadership of Parliament has complained that some MPs who had tested positive were still coming to Parliament instead of isolating.