Parliament’s Appointments Committee will be vetting ministers-designate of Health and National Security today, Wednesday, 10 February 2021.

Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu and Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah are among President Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominees for various ministerial appointments for his second term.

Mr Agyeman-Manu, who already served as Minister of Health in the President’s first term, is the Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central constituency in the Bono East region.

Mr Kan-Dapaah also served in the same capacity for which he has been re-nominated.

They are being vetted first due to the role they play.

Meanwhile, Speaker Alban Bagbin has shut down Parliament for three weeks, starting from today to Tuesday, 2 March 2021, as COVID-19 cases surge in the house.

So far, 17 MPs have tested positive while the number of infections among staff of the house has increased from 71 to 151.

Mr Bagbin announced the shutdown on Tuesday, 9 February 2021.

The Speaker, however, announced that the Appointments Committee will do its work during that period.

Mr Bagbin also asked all the MPs and staff of the house to resubmit themselves to Parliament’s Medical Centre for re-testing after two weeks from tomorrow, Wednesday, 10 February.

Ten more COVID-19 patients recently succumbed to the virus in Ghana.

This takes the death toll to 482 since March 2020.

Some 675 new cases have also been confirmed.

The total active cases in Ghana stands at 6,938.

Since the pandemic entered Ghana, a total of 73,003 cases have been confirmed.

Of that number, 65,583 have recovered.

Regional breakdown

Greater Accra Region – 42,715

Ashanti Region – 13,191

Western Region – 4,078

Eastern Region – 3,161

Central Region – 2,468

Volta Region – 1,181

Bono East Region – 882

Northern Region – 802

Upper East Region – 755

Western North Region – 737

Bono Region – 718

Ahafo Region – 563

Oti Region – 250

Upper West Region – 239

Savannah Region – 68

North East Region – 37

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