The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has urged members of the House to seriously observe the COVID-19 safety protocols as some members have tested positive for COVID-19.
“It is true as the Majority Leader has just stated that we are not safe. Even in the House, some members are afflicted by COVID-19,” Mr. Bagbin said on the Floor of the House on Friday, 29 January 2021.
“When I was entering, I myself had to signal some members to respect the physical distancing protocols,” the Speaker said.
Mr Bagbin also noted that a medical team has been brought to Parliament to screen MPs.
However, according to him, over 60 MPs have not availed themselves for testing.
The speaker therefore threatened to public mention the names of those who have failed to undertake the test if they do not make the efforts.
He had already expressed displeasure at the reluctance of some MPs to get tested.
He gave those who hadn’t tested a one-day ultimatum on January 26.
Testing of the MPs begun last week.
Due to the upsurge of COVID-19 cases in the country, Parliament has been compelled to hold proceedings in the tent stationed on the precincts of the house.