Ghana’s parliament has suspended sitting for at least three weeks following reports of Covid-19 infections among lawmakers.
More than 100 cases of the virus had been detected among MPs and their staffers.
On Tuesday the speaker of the house, Alban Bagbin said he had “decided, in consultation with political leaders, that the Assembly session will be adjourned for three weeks.”
He is hoping this will allow “disinfection and sanitation of the premises,” and hopefully deal with the surge in infection.
Last week the speaker had threatened to publish names of MPs who showed up in the chamber despite their Covid-19 positive status.
The speaker said the infected MPs had been asked to isolate and use prescribed medication to speed up their recovery.
Bagbin said “Out of those who submitted themselves for the test in parliament, 15 of them tested possible to the virus.
All the 15 MPs have been advised to self-isolate. They have also been given prescriptions to facilitate their recovery”.
Ghana is currently battling a surge in infections of the virus with other variants also spreading in communities.
The country is yet to access vaccines to vaccinate its populace with Ghana’s President saying doses will arrive by March this year.
A total of 73,003 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ghana with 482 related deaths.