Ghana shuts parliament as 17 lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

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Ghana has shut down its parliament for at least three weeks over a surge in cases of coronavirus among lawmakers and parliamentary staff.

The speaker of the house, Alban Bagbin, declared that the legislature will be in recess until March 2

This is to disinfect and sanitize the premises.

About 17 members of parliament and 151 supporting staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I have, in consultation with leadership, decided that sitting of the House be adjourned for three weeks,” the Speaker said.

So far, Ghana has confirmed a total of 73,003 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 482 deaths and over 65,000 recoveries.

Ghana shuts parliament as 17 lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

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