COVID-19 Outbreak Shuts Ghana Parliament

Ghana’s parliament suspends all business after a COVID-19 outbreak amongst staff and lawmakers.

Speaker Alban Bagbin told members of parliament late Tuesday that 17 out of 275 legislators and 151 of 500 staffers had tested positive for COVID-19. The speaker urged other members to get tested immediately and to isolate.

Meetings to nominate administration members for President Nana Akufo-Addo, who was re-elected in December, are still planned to continue as scheduled.

Ghana Health Services have confirmed 73,003 total COVID-19 cases, with 482 deaths as a result of the virus. Ghana officials estimate the daily infection rate to be around 700.

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