Minority MPs Call for Closure of Parliament, Self-Isolation After 15 Reported Covid-19 Cases

NDC MP Kwame Agbodza has called for two-week isolation for all legislators after two of them reportedly tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The lawmaker believes the abrupt break would not affect government business as “no urgent business is going on.”

“We come to parliament to read statements, lay bills and go away,” the Adaklu representative told JoyNews’ parliamentary correspondent Joseph Opoku-Gakpo.

two-week isolation for all legislators
File Photo: Mr. Agbodza is pushing for a two-week isolation for all legislators

He said unless the government can say they are coming to the House with something urgent by close of day Wednesday, “it would be a good idea to ask everybody to self-isolate for two weeks.”

“It wouldn’t hurt anything,” he stressed.

MPs test positive for coronavirus

News broke on Tuesday that two MPs and 13 parliamentary staff have tested positive for the pandemic.

But Director of Public Affairs of Parliament Kate Addo and Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu both refuted the reports.

Parliament said the results for the mass testing exercise in the House have not been received and they would be forwarded to the persons tested when they are ready.

But countering Parliament’s Public Affairs and the NPP lawmaker, Minority Chief Whip Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka said the media reports were right.

“That was a lie” the outspoken Asawase MP said of parliament’s rejoinder.

Mr. Agbodza’s call for the House to go into hibernation has since gathered steam.

Kumbungu MP Ras Mubarak reiterated the point that no urgent business is going on in the House, hence the need to break for MPs to self-isolate.

He said this was needed “looking at the close proximity of the chamber in which we work.”

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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