It has emerged that two Members of Parliament and thirteen parliamentary staff have indeed tested positive for the deadly novel coronavirus.
Though an official release had earlier debunked media reportage on the subject, it has turned out the report is true.
According to the Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for Asawase, Honourable Muntaka Mubarak, parliament’s denial in relation to the positive cases involving legislators and parliamentary staff is untrue.
Honourable Muntaka Mubarak made the revelation on Prime Morning on Joy Prime with Daniel Dadzie on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
“When things happen this way, you tell the Ghanaian people especially the media that look, we don’t want to create fear and that we are not done with the tests yet so let’s wait. When we are done we will communicate to you. But when you go out there to deny and yet you know that what happened is a fact and you lie to the people that pay us. What happened is the fact and is the truth.
“On Wednesday one MP and one staff tested positive and on Thursday one MP and 12 staff also tested positive.”
Yesterday, reports were rife that two Members of Parliament had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The report indicated that over 10 Parliamentary staff have also tested positive following the mandatory test recently conducted at the Parliament House, but Parliament rubbished the reports.
In a statement, Parliament described the reports as false and urged the public to disregard the report.
“The attention of Parliament has been drawn to reports by Starrfmonline that two Members and thirteen Staff of Parliament have tested positive for COVID 19 after the mandatory testing exercise undertaken by Parliament last week.
“Parliament would like to state categorically that the results of the tests are not yet known and so the report by Starrfmonline is not true. Parliament would, therefore, like to urge Starrfmonline to withdraw the said report and update its audience with the relevant information to the effect that the results from the tests are unknown to Parliament.
“The confidentiality protocol is that those who test positive will be called directly by the testing team. Officially Parliament is unaware of any such call and therefore there hasn’t been any official figures giving by the National COVID-19 response team”.