There is a sharp division among Members of Parliament (MPs) over calls for an immediate shut down of the House, following reports that two MPs and 13 Staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
When the news broke out yesterday (May 27), the leadership of the House denied it, insisting that it was borne out of speculation. However, it has emerged that the reports are true.
Contributing to a statement on the floor of the House on the need to end the stigmatization against COVID-19 patients, MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, expressed reservations on how the news about the positive cases in Parliament was handled.
He questioned the rationale in attempting to subdue or cover up the facts.
This he said is contrary to what is happening on the global stage where world leaders are openly disclosing their status.
The Speaker, Professor Mike Oquaye, said it does not lie with any individual to put out information in the public domain, concerning the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Parliament.
He accused the Media of sensationalism with the reportage, although he fell short of confirming the report.