60 MPs snub Speaker’s order to test for COVID-19

More than 60 Ghanaian lawmakers have resisted a request from the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, to test for COVID-19.

The speaker has expressed concern over the development appealing to different MPs to carefully practice all the safety covid protocols since certain individuals have been infected by the virus in the parliament.

“My order that all individuals subject themselves to COVID-19 test has not been conformed to by over 60 members from parliament. It is true as the majority leader has expressed that we are not safe, even in the House a few individuals are burdened by COVID-19,” Bagbin said.

He added: “You may not know who the individual is due to protocol issue of privacy, we have not revealed the MP’s who are currently positive, however we have a few of us in that classification.”

Coronavirus situation in Ghana

Ghana has recorded 13 additional deaths from COVID-19 diseases since the last update, carrying absolute fatalities to 390, as of January 25, 2021.

The active cases now remained at 3,940 after 625 new cases were recorded in six out of 16 areas.

Dr Patrick Kumah-Aboagye, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, who declared this at a media conversation in Accra on Thursday, said the day by day avery cases remained at 600.

The country’s total cases remained at 63,883 after more than 757,000 tests.

The GHS boss said it had ventured up Contact Tracing across the 16 areas, with 330 contact tracers in the Greater Accra Region, which figured out how to contact 8,679 individuals.

Dr Kumah-Aboagye expressed his worry over the expanding work environment diseases, and encouraged administrators of both public and privately owned businesses and associations, to upgrade perception of COVID-19 etiquettes at the different working environments.

Dr Kumah-Aboagye noticed that” referral of patients to a government hospital lab for COVID-19 testing is free”.

He requested people in general to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols in public places, including covering one’s mouth when sneezing and coughing, washing of hands with soap under running water, wearing of facemasks or shield and utilization of hand sanitizers habitually.

He gave the affirmation of the Service’s assurance to teaming up with the media in instructing and sharpening people in general on the security and preventive conventions.
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