Covid-19 hits Parliament, Speaker warns MPs refusing to test

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban Kingsford Bagbin has disclosed that some members of Parliament have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to the Speaker, lawmakers who have refused to get tested should do that as soon as possible.

Speaking in Parliament today, he said, “When I was entering, I myself had to signal some members to respect the physical distancing protocols,” the Speaker noted.

A medical team has been screening MPs over the last few days but according to the Speaker, over 60 MPs have not subjected themselves to the test.

Mr. Bagbin said he will be compelled to name members running away from the test if the situation persists.

Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin last week instructed that all Members of Parliament must undergo compulsory COVID-19 testing to reduce the spread of the virus in the House.

The move by speaker comes after some honorable individuals like the National Security Coordinator Mr. Joshua Kyeremeh died after battling the disease.

 

“All members of Parliament are accordingly requested to avail themselves for this important medical screening exercise scheduled as follows – Wednesday 20th to Friday, January 22, 2021. COVID-19 is real and deadly, at the end of the day if we find out that a member or some members haven’t gone through the screening we’ll advise ourselves as to what to do.”