October 16, 2021
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Parliament Denies Reports That Two MPs Tests Positive For Co …

Parliament has debunked media reports purporting that two Members of Parliament (MP) have tested positive for coronavirus.

Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo, in a statement has denied the speculation saying that, “the Starrfmonline report is not “true”, adding that “COVID-19 test results are not yet out”.

A report by the online portal had claimed that two lawmakers and some staff of Parliament have tested positive for the virus.

Parliament has therefore urged “Starrfmonline to withdraw the said report and update its audience with the relevant information to the effect that the results from the tests are unknown to Parliament.”

The statement further indicated that, “the confidentiality protocol is that, that those who test positive will be called directly by the testing team. Officially Parliament is unaware of any such call and therefore there hasn’t been any official figures giving by the National Covid-19 Response Team”.

However, Parliament further assured the public that, “it remains committed to ensuring the safety and avoidance of possible spread of the disease in parliament”

“Citizens are encouraged to call or reach parliament online with their enquiries and only attend upon the house if it becomes absolutely necessary” the statement added.

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye ordered for the immediate mass testing of Members of Parliament and the parliamentary staff for COVID-19.
Before the house suspended it proceedings, ten (10) Member of Parliament as well as five members of staff were asked to self-quarantine after returning from a trips abroad before borders were shut.

Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye made this order on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, when the House commenced sittings for the second meeting of this session.
He however assured members and all staff that the necessary steps will be taken to protect them.

But some media reports claim results have been released and two MPs and other staff have tested positive for the disease.

By: Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / [email protected] / Ghana / 2020

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