Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye, has ordered all 275 Members of Parliament (MPs) as well as all staff of the legislature to undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19.

According to the speaker, it forms part of measures instituted by the Parliamentary Service Board to ensure the virus does not spread within the House.

Welcoming the MPs back from their break on Tuesday May 19, Prof Oquaye said: “While there is no scientifically-approved vaccine, we should adhere to all laid-down hygiene protocols, which are requisite for keeping us safe”.

“In addition to observing the established protocols”, Prof Oquaye said: “I have directed the authority of the Parliamentary Service Board, the Clerk of Parliament and Parliament’s medical officers, to liaise with the appropriate institutions to immediately conduct testing of all honorable members and staff of the parliamentary service for COVID-19 and I request your co-operation in this enterprise”.

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