The Parliamentary service of the Republic of Ghana has issued a Press Release dated 26th may,2020 reacting to media reports that two members of parliament have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Last week, the Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye directed that all members of   parliament and staff of the House be tested for the virus.

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In the Press Release the Parliamentary service indicated that the service has not received any official figures from the National COVID-19 response team and “would like to state categorically that the results of the tests are not yet known and so the report by Starfmonline is not true”.

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The service also added that even if the test results become known, ” the confidentiality protocol of testing for COVID-19 is that, those who test positive will be called directly by the testing team and be taken through the necessary wisps for quarantine and treatment”

BELOW IS THE PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE

For Immediate Release

PARLIAMENT’S COVID-19 RESULTS NOT YET KNOWN.

The attention of Parliament has been drawn to reports by Starfmonline that two Members and thirteen Staff of Parliament have tested positive for COVID-19 after the mandatory testing exercise undertaken by Parliament last week.

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Parliament would like to state categorically that the results of the tests are not yet known and so the report by Starfmonline is not true. Parliament would therefore like to urge Starrfimonine to pull down 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 of testing for COVID-19 is that, those who test positive will be called directly by the testing team and be taken through the necessary wisps for quarantine and treatment.

Parliament is unaware of any such call and has no official figures from the National COVID-19 response team.

Meanwhile, Parliament will like to assure the Public that it remains committed to ensuring the safety and avoidance of possible spread of the disease in Parliament. Citizens are encouraged to
call or reach Parliament online with their enquiries and only attend upon the House if it becomes absolutely necessary.

KATE ADDO

DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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