By Staff Reporter
Parliament has today, Monday suspended it’s business after two legislators, a journalist and driver have tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement the Clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda said Parliament would adjourn indefinitely from Tuesday to allow for deep-cleaning and disinfection of the National Assembly building.
Contact tracing and testing of those who came into contact with the infected MPs has commenced.
“It is with a heavy heart that Parliament announces the suspension of most of its business due to exposure of some members of Parliament to Covid-19. As at this morning, only two Members of Parliament had been confirmed positive,” Chokuda said.
“A driver from one of our service providers and a journalist who were part of the team also tested positive. Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected and their families”.
Chokuda said the team was part of a group of legislators who were recently on field visits around the country from the transport portfolio committee.
“The two members were showing some signs of infection, all members were tested and the two members tested positive, plus our driver of the bus and the reporter who had accompanied them,” he added.
“Everyone who was part of that team is now in self-quarantine in line with the Ministry of Health and Child Care guidelines, so as to safeguard the health of colleagues, staff and public who interact with the institution, other committees that were supposed to travel to the Eastern borders, their trip had to be cancelled.”
To date 2 512 confirmed cases and 34 deaths of the corona virus have been recorded in Zimbabwe.