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Parliament suspended after two members test positive for Covid-19

By Almot Maqolo

Two Members of Parliament (MPs), a journalist and a driver have tested positive for Covid-19, the Parliament of Zimbabwe (PAZ) said on Monday. The members were part of a team that had been on field visits around the country. “It is with a heavy heart that Parliament announces the suspension of most of its business due to exposure of some Member of Parliament to Covid-19,” PAZ said in statement.

“As at this morning only two MPs had been confirmed positive. A driver from one of our service providers and a Journalist who were part of the team also tested positive.” The parliament said everyone who was part of the team is now in self quarantine in line with the Ministry of health and Child welfare guidelines

“Consequently, tomorrow’s sitting for the National Assembly will be done with very limited numbers for the sole purpose of adjourning to a future date.” Parliament added that: “This will allow for deep cleaning and disinfection of the Parliament Building and contact tracing and testing of those who came into contact with the affected Members of Parliament.”

Those intending to submit any documentation have been asked to do so by email. Since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak on 20 March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 2 512; recovered 518, active cases 1 960 and 34 deaths.

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