Ghana shuts down its parliament after 168 lawmakers and staff contract COVID19
Ghanaian authorities have shut down its parliament for three weeks after 17 members of parliament and 151 supporting staff tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.
Alban Bagbin, the speaker of the house who announced the closure, said the legislature would be in recess until March 2 to make way for “disinfection and sanitization of the premises”.
“I have, in consultation with leadership, decided that sitting of the house be adjourned for three weeks,” Bagbin said.
Bagbin said the parliament’s appointments committee will continue to meet to consider the ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo who was re-elected in December.
Ghana currently has 73,003 confirmed cases of the viral disease with 482 deaths recorded so far.