Public Affairs Director of Parliament, Kate Addo has made a u-turn on her earlier denial that 2 parliamentarians and 13 staff have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kate Addo on Tuesday, May, 26, 2020 denied reports that 2 MPs and 13 parliamentarians have contracted the novel Coronavirus.
The statement from the office of Public Affairs read in two parts as “Parliament would like to state categorically that the results of the tests are not yet known and so the report by starrfmonline is not true. Parliament would, therefore, like to urge starrfmonline to pull down 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 confidentiality protocol of testing for COVID-19 is that those who test positive will be called directly by the testing team and be taken through the necessary steps for quarantine and treatment. Officially Parliament is unaware of any such call and has no official figures from the National COVID-19 response team.”
Speaking in an interview on Joy News, the Public Affairs Director said the department did not say the reports are false.
“It is not as if anybody said it is not true, what was said was that we do not know for a fact that this is what it is,so it could more,it could less,it could be there,it could not be there.”
“The honourable minority whip is higher placed in Parliament, he is privy to information that I may not have, but the official information that I have is that as we speak now testing is still going on, more people are going to be tested,” she said in an interview with Joy News.
“Those who may test positive will be contacted privately this is not information that will be made publicly ….I have spoken to both sides of the house and to the medical director and he told me they were waiting for a case summary which will contain every information on the testing, there won’t be specific names but a number.”
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