Parliament has suspended sitting for three weeks after 151 members of the parliamentary staff and 17 MPs tested positive.
The decision was reached because the leadership of the House said there is a surge in the spread of the virus.
The Speaker Alban Bagbin said the decision is to safeguard and protect the lives of those who have not tested positive.
A communique issued by the Speaker said: “It is hoped that within this period of adjournment, the Appointments
Committee would commence consideration and public hearing of the President’s nominees for ministerial appointments. By the end of the three weeks, the Appointments Committee would have submitted reports on the referral for the consideration of the House.”
Accordingly, with the exception of Hon. Members of the Appointments
Committee, the Clerk to the Committee, and other supporting staff who
will be engaged in the task of considering the President’s nominees for
ministerial appointments, the House will take a break as from tomorrow,
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 to Tuesday, 2 March 2021.
“During that period, Hon Members are to comply with the strict COVID -19 protocols and regulations. Members and staff should re-submit themselves to the Parliament Medical Centre for re-testing after two
weeks from tomorrow to ascertain their status before the resumption of the House.
Meanwhile, Parliament will continue with the weekly disinfection and sanitization of the premises and precincts of Parliament.
The House is accordingly adjourned till Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 at 14 hours in the afternoon,” the statement added.
The House had earlier decided that not more than one-third of Hon. Members would attend Sittings of the House in the Chamber at any given time.