ACCRA, 9 February 2021 – The Ghanaian parliament has suspended sitting for three weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus among the country’s lawmakers.

The decision was announced Tuesday by the speaker of parliament, Alban Bagbin, adding that parliament will resume sitting next March 2.

View of Ghanaian Parliament - Photo Okan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

View of Ghanaian Parliament – Photo Okan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The only exception to the rule applies to the appointment committees of parliament which are scheduled to begin the vetting of members of cabinet on Thursday, February 10.

One of the first priorities of parliament is to confirm nominees to cabinet positions in the cabinet of President Nana Akufo-Addo, who won a second and final term in office last December.

As of Tuesday, no fewer than 151 parliamentary staff and 17 lawmakers have been infected with the virus.

Since the first case of the new coronavirus was reported in the country in March 2020, Ghana has confirmed over 73,000 cases of the virus with 482 deaths.

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