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COVID-19: Parliament to take decision on shutdown demands today

The leadership of Parliament will today meet to decide whether or not the House should be shut down after some Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Service staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo said the House will consider all options laid before them including the closure, sanitization of the chamber, among others.

The leadership of the legislation came under immense pressure after conflicting reports of the test results of some MPs and staff surfaced in the media.

Parliament earlier said the reports were false but later indicated in an interview with ABC News that they do not have a brief of the test results.

Following confirmation of the status of some parliamentarians, some minority members of the House requested that Parliament should be shut down to prevent other MPs from getting the virus.

Speaking to Starr Fm, Kate Addo said the House will look closer at all suggestions which have been put before it but maintained that it is not in anybody’s interest to hide any information on COVID-19 from the public.

“Some are suggesting closure [of Parliament] which I don’t think is unfair, some are saying we should take social distancing a lot more serious, and I heard Hon Agbodza talk about the sanitization of the rooms and I think that is very important so those are some of the things we need to take a second look at closer than we are doing at the moment

“I would like to assure everybody that it’s not in anybody’s interest to hide any kind of information in a matter like this. I don’t know what the ultimate benefit will be to any individual because if one person has it from a chamber as small as we have, where we in close proximity, we are sharing documents, we are sharing bathrooms…it will not make any kind of sense so far as I am concerned,” she said.


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