COVID-19: 10 MPs in Ghana quarantined; Parliament tightens social distancing protocols

Eight sitting Members of Ghana’s Parliament are under self-quarantine after returning from trips to some of the hardest-hit coronavirus countries.

This adds up to the earlier two; Binduri MP, Dr. Robert Kuganab-Lem and Ayawaso East MP, who were asked to isolate themselves from work after similar trips abroad.

At a media briefing in Parliament on Monday, March 23, 2020, the Speaker who made the announcement failed to disclose the identities of the eight MPs in question who were asked to excuse themselves from duty.

“You don’t expect me to mention names. This is not done anywhere with regard to these conditions. They are in self and voluntary isolation under the supervision and advice of our medical doctor and the clerk to Parliament…You don’t go about issuing details of names and all that. We are handling a matter in a very professional manner,” he said.

The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu who was also at the said engagement also denied claims that the said MPs were being held in isolation centres in some of the country’s health facilities or hotels.

“Those of them that the Speaker alluded to were members who attended statutory meetings on behalf of Parliament and they had these engagements outside the country. Those of them we have informed them to stay away and be involuntary confinement. Fortunately, they all arrived before the broadcast by the president over the weekend so they have not been quarantined in hotels. They are conforming, we are told,” he said.


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